More than 20 years of Estonian summer courses

We started out in 1998 with 9 students forming one group. Year after year, the interest grew and today, about 60 students learn Estonian each year at 4-5 different levels. Since 2002, the Estonian summer courses are a part of the International summer university of the University of Tartu.
 

Who takes part in the summer school?

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People with Estonian roots

People connected to Estonia because of their job

People connected to Estonia because of romantic relationships

People seeking for exoticism

Simply eager learners


The summer university is special because multicultural and heterogeneous people gather in Tartu to study the Estonian language and culture.

Age ranges over time: 12-73

Some countries of origin: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Peru, Russia, South-Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Turkey, the UK, Ukraine, the USA, Venezuela.

Students can be divided into different groups based on their origin, age, motivation, etc. Yet in the classroom, a 16-year-old may be deskmates with a 60-year-old learner who may have quite different reasons for studying Estonian. Forecasting the expectations and interests of such groups is necessary for planning the courses and compiling study materials. A variety of teaching methods are used in the courses to meet the different needs of the students. Since 2007 a new, specially compiled material for the Estonian Summer Courses was taken into use, firstly on beginner levels and later on all other levels. The materials are continuously edited year after year.

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