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Integration Foundation seeks training companies for 2016 courses


The Integration and Migration Foundation has launched a procurement for the organisation of free Estonian language courses at the A2, B1 and B2 levels for 2000 people. The courses will commence in January 2016 and are designed for those who registered for courses via the Integration Foundation’s website.

“I’m really pleased that more and more people are looking to learn Estonian and strengthen their ties with the country,” said Minister of Culture Indrek Saar. “It’s important to motivate and encourage people to learn the local language and learn about the local culture, especially if they’re already interested in doing so themselves.”

Dmitri Burnašev, the director of the Integration Foundation, says that 540 people around Estonia have already started their elementary or intermediate studies of Estonian or will be doing so shortly. “And early next year another 2000 people – from those who registered for courses in summer – will get the chance to start studying the language as well,” he added. “We’ll be putting together the new groups, of which there’ll be 125 in total, based on where the applicants live, what level they want to study at and their preferred time for classes.”

The A2, B1 and B2 courses will start in January next year and be held in eight places around the country: Tallinn, Narva, Jõhvi, Kohtla-Järve, Sillamäe, Ahtme, Tartu and Pärnu. Each course will last for 100 academic hours, with lessons being held 2-3 times per week between Monday and Friday. Those accepted onto the courses will be personally contacted by the training company organising them, either by e-mail or phone.

“We’re also looking for organisers for our Estonian language and culture clubs so as to provide non-formal language learning opportunities in the new year to those who speak Estonian at least at the B1 level,” Burnašev explained. “This will give them the opportunity to develop their language skills at the everyday communication level as well as keep up their existing level of Estonian. As a bonus they’ll also learn things in the field of culture and get to take part in cultural events and excursions around the country. First and foremost we’ll be giving the chance to attend the clubs to those who registered for B2 studies in summer.”

Membership of the language and culture club will first be offered to those who applied for Estonian courses at the B2 level via the Integration Foundation’s website earlier in the year. The members and organisers of the club will get together at least once a week over a six-month period and take part in one special event or excursion a month.

Free Estonian courses at the A2, B1 and B2 levels are intended to be held regularly until 2020. Organisation of language studies in the same volume is planned to continue so as to ensure that all those who registered for the courses on the Integration Foundation website in 2015 get the chance to undertake Estonian language studies. Those who are not accepted onto the courses starting in early 2016 will be contacted by the foundation and provided with information about future language-learning opportunities. More information about language studies at the A2, B1 and B2 levels can be found on the Integration Foundation website.

These activities are being financed from the resources of the ‘Activities supporting integration in Estonian society’ project of the European Social Fund.

For further information please contact:

Jana Tondi
Director of Language and Cultural Immersion
Integration and Migration Foundation
Telephone: +372 659 9069