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Näiteid kõrghariduses kasutatavate tekstide grammatikajoontest / English translation: Examples of grammatical features of texts used in higher education

Date of Publication

n/a

Target Group

Lecturers

Domain Area

Teacher Education

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Estonian

Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level

B2
C1
C2

Type of Material

Reference resources (online Dictionaries/ grammar guides/phrasebooks)

Linguistic Features

Grammar

Skills

Speaking
Writing
Reading

Description

This resource presents frequent grammatical constructions used in academic texts in higher education. This grammatical resource is intended as a support for teachers of Estonian as a second language and students mastering the more complicated issues of Estonian grammar. The resource is a compilation of grammatical topics, supplemented with examples of academic language use. The tables of the resource present the most error-prone structures of sentence structure when teaching Estonian in LSP contexts. The topics illustrated include, but are not limited to, e.g., the use of infinitives, nominalizations, impersonal actions and the passive voice. The descriptions have been developed in light of the contemporary Estonian grammars.
The development of the resource was supported by the European Social Fund under the Primus program, implemented by the Archimedes Foundation.

Case study

This resource is best suited for teacher education programs where teachers are looking at ways teaching Estonian as a second language in professional contexts. The resource provides a consolidated perspective on the most challenging topics of Estonian grammar and features both names of grammatical structures and examples. The would-be teachers may be asked to develop activities based on the tables of the resource, so as to present the relevant grammatical topic to the students, illustrate its use, elicit examples and the devise exercises, enhancing the correct use. The teachers may also be asked about ways to introduce the students to the relevant topic.

Guidelines

Download the resource book and look for items of interest, either selecting a particular section, or just going over the entire resource.

Review

Category
Rate
Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students

3

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

3

Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills

2

Innovation
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning

3

Transferability
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries

5

Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning

3

Adaptability
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need

4

Usability
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

4

Accessibility
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

4

Comments:
The resource may prove useful for teachers and learners who wish to master the more challenging topics of Estonian grammar. The teachers may use the resource as an instruction manual, which provides the topics for discussion as well as illustrates grammatical aspects in use. The learner, especially one who is working autonomously, may benefit from the resource, revising for an exam, or willing to get a crash course in Estonian grammar. One asset of the resource is that it uses an existing handbook and supplements it with further topics, taking into consideration the contemporary perspectives on Estonian grammar.
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