Meet the team

The teachers of the Estonian summer courses are definitely one of a kind. Whether they are already experienced professionals or have freshly acquired their teacher's degree, they're all dedicated to the programme and they each give the courses their own special touch, so every year and group is unique. 

Here's a chance to learn a little bit about the team of 2022. 

Katrin Jänese

Katrin Jänese

I have been with the Estonian summer course programme from the first years, which means I already have more than 20 years of great summers to look back on.

It has always been a nice change of routine and wonderful addition to teaching autumn/spring semesters at the university. People who join the summer courses are a bit more varied and have more mixed backgrounds in comparison to the university (exchange) students who take the semester courses so it's definitely the summer students who make the teaching in summer interesting. 

What is the first thing that pops in your head when thinking of Estonia?

The beach near my summer home at lake Peipsi's northern shore

Sille Midt

Sille Midt

I started my teaching journey by helping to organise Estonian language cafes in Tartu and as a teacher, I’ve worked for two years.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the students progress learning Estonian during the intensive summer course and to spending time teaching Estonian to students who are eager to learn more about the Estonian language and culture.

What is the first thing that pops in your head when thinking of Estonia?

Thinking about Estonia, the first things that come to my mind are the lakes and bogs as I love spending my free time exploring new places outdoors.
 

Gerli Lokk

Gerli Lokk

I have taught Estonian for 13 years. I started as a high school and basic school teacher in 2009. Back then I taught Estonian as a mother tongue. Since 2015, I have worked at the University of Tartu and taught Estonian for foreign students. My first experience as a teacher in the Estonian summer course programme was in 2016. I really have enjoyed the positive atmosphere and synergy that characterizes every summer course! Although the programme itself is very intense (for the students as well as for the teachers), I always feel very motivated, energetic, and happy. It is because of my students who put a lot of effort into learning Estonian and improving their skills. I am thankful for the possibility to support them in their journey. 

What is the first thing that pops in your head when thinking of Estonia?

Homemade black bread. 🙂 

Monika Urb

Monika Urb

I have been teaching Estonian since 2007. For a long time, I taught Estonian as a mother tongue and now for some years also as a foreign language.

As it’s my first year teaching the Estonian summer course, I am very much looking forward to it, because it is not a classic language course and according to colleagues there is always a pleasant atmosphere for language learning.

What is the first thing that pops in your head when thinking of Estonia?

Hiking in the bog.

Piret Toomet

Piret Toomet

I have been teaching the Estonian summer course programme since 2007. Amazing students, best colleagues, and the special combination of being motivated and focused yet relaxed and full of joy makes the summer courses enjoyable and great to teach.

What is the first thing that pops in your head when thinking of Estonia?

Sunny summer evening in an old Estonian farmstead. Sitting in the garden among the trees, flowers, vegetables and mosquitos, admiring the golden light and all shades of green. 

Tatjana Kodas

Tatjana Kodas

Although my experience of teaching Estonian started in the last century, I am still a beginner in the field of summer courses. I have been teaching Estonian in basic and secondary schools, and now I am happy to be teaching at the University of Tartu as well. I have noticed that my colleagues always recall summer courses with a special enthusiasm and love. I am filled with excitement and looking forward to the new summer challenge. See you soon!

What is the first thing that pops in your head when thinking of Estonia?

Folk costumes and song festival.

The team would not be complete without the coordinator of the programme and our eager student-tutors who we will introduce a little bit later.

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