This audio course in basic Estonian is placed on YouTube and is part of the 50 Languages course series. The recording offers over five ours of phrases used in everyday Estonian, which are pronounced by a male and a female native Estonian speakers. Each phrase is translated into English. The resource required no prior knowledge of Estonian and begins with first introducing basic Estonian words. Further in the video, phrases of growing complexity are introduced on a broad variety of topics, providing the learner with basic Estonian needed for everyday communication. The recording is accompanied by the text version appearing on the screen, hence the learner will also be able to learn how to read Estonian words and phrases. As the description of the resource suggests, it is primarily intended for users with levels A1 and A2.
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The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning
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Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning
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The resource contains over 5 hours of authentic Estonian pronunciation and frequently used phrases, and hence is very useful as an introduction into real-life situations. Alongside listening and repeating, the learner will also be introduced to basic Estonian grammar, and thus will be learning grammar in context. All that is needed to use the resource is an Internet connection. However, the recording is not divided into chapters and hence the learner will only be able to rely on the minutes listened to for reference. It is also not clear what topics exactly are covered in the recording, and there is no content summary provided.
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