Contacts
Emajõe Keeltekool
Küüni 7, Tartu 51004
+372 7404050, info@emajoe.ee
www.emajoe.ee

Language courses


Emajõe Keeltekool offers a variety of languages: Estonian, Russian, English, Finnish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, etc. All our teachers are experienced and highly valued language instructors.

We compile groups based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which divides language learners into basic users, independent users and proficient users. For the exact meaning of each level please consult the table below.

In Emajõe Keeltekool it is possible to study languages from level A1 to C1 and divide levels more specifically, e.g. A2.1 and A2.2.

Understanding

Can recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, my family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly. Can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.


Speaking

Can interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help formulate what I’m trying to say. Can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.


 Writing

Can write a short simple postcard, for example send holiday greetings. Can fill in forms with personal details, for example entering my name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.

Understanding

Can understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment). Can catch the main point in short clear simple messages and announcements. Can read very short simple texts. Can find specific predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, menus and timetables and can understand short simple personal letters.


Speaking

Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. Can handle very short social exchanges, although cannot understand enough to keep the conversation going.


Writing

Can write short simple notes and messages relating to matters in area of immediate need. Can write a very simple personal letter (e.g. thanking someone for something).

Understanding

Can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear. Can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language. Can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.


Speaking

Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events). Can connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions. Can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions.


Writing

Can write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.

Understanding

Can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. I can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. Can understand the majority of films in standard dialect. I can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints. Can understand contemporary literary prose.


Speaking

Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. Can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views. Can present clear and detailed descriptions of a wide range of subjects related to my field of interest. Can explain a viewpoint on a topic issue giving advantages and disadvantages of various options.


Writing

Can write clear detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to my interests. Can write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. Can write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.

Understanding

Can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signaled explicitly. Can understand television programmes and films without too much effort. Can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style. Can understand specialised articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to a familiar field.


Speaking

Can express oneself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes. Can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate my contribution skilfully to those of other speakers. Can present clear detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.


Writing

Can express oneself in clear well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length. Can write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what I consider the salient issues. Can select style appropriate to the reader in mind.

Understanding

Has no difficulty understanding any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast, even when delivered at fast native speed, provided there is time to get familiar with the accent. Can read with ease virtually all forms of the written language, including abstract, structurally or linguistically complex texts such as manuals, specialised articles and literary works.


Speaking

Can take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion and have a good familiarity with idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms. Can express oneself fluently and and convey finer shades of meaning precisely. In case of a problem, can backtrack and restructure around the difficulty so smoothly that other people are hardly aware of it. Can present a clear smoothly flowing description or argument in a style appropriate to the context and with an effective logical structure which helps the recipient to notice and remember significant points.


Writing

Can write clear smoothly flowing text in an appropriate style. Can write complex letters, reports or articles which present a case with an effective logical structure which helps the recipient to notice and remember significant points. Can write summaries and reviews of professional and literary works.