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.
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students
The provided tangible improvements
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
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Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student
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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