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Nearly 200 teachers of Ida-Viru County to start improving their Estonian skills


At the end of August, 195 teachers of Ida-Viru County will commence level B2 and C1 training in the Estonian language under the aegis of the Integration and Migration Foundation.

Jana Tondi, the head of language and cultural immersion Development center, says that all educational institutions of Ida-Viru County had a chance to add their teachers to the list of participants. “Since we have organised various seminars for the target group in Ida-Viru County, we know the number of teachers in need of training and no interested persons were left aside,” she explains. “Estonian language courses for kindergarten, general education school and vocational school teachers will commence on 17 August,” adds Tondi.

The language classes for teachers will take place twice a week in up to 15 groups of 13 people. In addition, at least once a month there will be 6-hour intensive study days that will help to keep up the learning motivation and interest of the participants. “The intensive study days are planned outside the regular study and include various meetings with persons involved in the field,” Tondi explains. She continues to add that the active use of the Estonian language is also supported by involving an Estonian colleague in the study process. “The aim of involving an Estonian teacher is to create for the learner a language environment where the learner faces real-life situations and must cope using nothing but Estonian.”

The language training will be carried out in Narva, Sillamäe, Kohtla-Järve and Jõhvi.  There will be tests before and after each course. In the training period, each participant must take an Estonian proficiency examination as well. Up to 80%, i.e. 156 out of all the teachers who have completed the course must have passed the Estonian language proficiency examination by the spring of 2016.

Following a procurement organised by the Integration Foundation, the Estonian language proficiency training among the teachers of Ida-Viru County will be carried out by language firm Algus OÜ. Estonian language training is financed by the Ministry of Education and Research via the state budget.

For further information please contact:

Jana Tondi
Integration and Migration Foundation
Development Centre
Telephone: 6 599 069