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General academic vocabulary. An aid for studying the Estonian language in higher education / Üldakadeemiline sõnavara. Abivahend eesti keele õppeks kõrgkoolis

Date of Publication


Target Group


Domain Area

Business & Communication
International Relations
Journalism & multimedia
Teacher Education

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning

Target Language


Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level


Type of Material

Reference resources (online Dictionaries/ grammar guides/phrasebooks)

Linguistic Features



This is a glossary of 400 items of core academic vocabulary and is intended as an aid in studying general academic Estonian as a second language. The glossary focuses on general academic Estonian rather than specialty-specific, hence more general words that are common to many disciplines have been selected for this resource. The material is presented in two column: the item in the left column is the target word; the column contains one or more examples featuring its use in typical contexts. The glossary is divided into the following thematic sections: Objects and definitions; Activities, processes and situations; Features and description Abbreviations; and Other.

The resource has been compiled within the framework of the project “Study of the Need for the Development of Professional Language Learning”. The research was supported by the European Social Fund under the Primus program run by the Archimede Foundation.

Case study

The resource may be used both in autonomous and classroom learning environments. It is likely to be most effective as part of the preparation for an examination in Estonian, or in speaking/writing activities, as examples are brief and can be easily incorporated into one's speaking/writing. If used in autonomous work, the learner may just memorize the items of interest, or check their competence by reading through the list of these frequently used academic vocabulary items. If the resource is used in the classroom, the students may be asked to construct sentences with target collocations, or even create situations where these expressions will be practiced.


The items in this glossary are divided into five sections, each of which presents a list of core academic vocabulary items arranged in the alphabetical order. Download the resource book and look for items of interest, either selecting a particular section, or just going over the entire resource.


Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students


Added value
The provided tangible improvements


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The resource offers a study environment that by some may be regarded as rather conventional and not offering much excitement. However, the value of the resource is seen in that it provides an easy access to 400 items of core academic vocabulary and presents frequently used collocations. Competence in the academic vocabulary leads to one’s ability to produce writing in the university-level or similar contexts. Hence the resource will prove useful in classrooms with limited access to the internet, or environments focused on acquisition of relevant vocabulary within limited time, such as preparation for examinations.
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