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Introductory Estonian II
CEUS-T 104/504
Piibi-Kai Kivik

This course is a continuation of Introductory Estonian I, we will go on developing all the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.  By the end of the term you will have an overview of the basic grammatical system of Estonian, as well as have mastered basic vocabulary and functions for everyday communication.  Compared to last term, the focus will shift more to production (you will be expected to speak and write more, in addition to listening and reading).
The plan of the course as well as the weekly structure of classes will be similar to the first term, we will usually cover about one chapter from E nagu Eesti (corresponding to one topic) in a week. We plan to do the topics in chapters 12-24 this semester, but the material in chapters 20-24 will only be covered selectively. You should pre-view the lesson before Monday’s class, listening to the dialogues/text on the tape, and looking up the new vocabulary from the chapter glossary. We will have a small dictation/translation quiz on the new vocabulary on Tuesday. We will have a lesson-test on Fridays, covering both grammar and vocabulary learned during the week and including listening comprehension. You should also read on grammar topics in J. Tuldava Estonian Textbook.

Exercises (in the book, on handouts, may include work with audio-or videotapes) will be assigned as homework during the week, and there will be a follow-up writing assignment (short essay, description etc.) due on Monday. To give you a good grounding in pronouncing Estonian you will need to do independent practice with Eesti keele praktiline foneetika tape and book. You will be assigned weekly exercises (see the Practical Phonetics handout). You will be required to keep writing and submitting weekly your journal entries.

Textbooks and workbooks
M.Pesti.H.Ahi  E nagu Eesti. Tallinn TEA 2006 ( (book+ tape)
J.Tuldava  Estonian Textbook.
J.Õispuu. Eesti keele praktiline foneetika (exercise book + tape/CD, available from the  instructor)

Course-packet  made available on Oncourse.

In bookstore:
E. Veldi. Eesti-Inglise sõnaraamat. Estonian-English Dictionary, Tallinn: Koolibri, 2002.
A. Jõgi et al. Inglise-Eesti sõnaraamat.English-Estonian dictionary. Tallinn: Koolibri, 2002.
In the Main Library:
P.Saagpakk. Eesti-Inglise sõnaraamat. Estonian-English Dictionary. Tallinn: Koolibri 1992.or Daedalus books 1982 (Yale linguistic series)
J. Silvet. Inglise-Eesti sõnaraamat/English-Estonian dictionary. Tallinn: Valgus, 1989-1990.

Assignments and grading policy
At the end of the semester you will receive a final course grade. It is derived from the following components:

Participation: 30%
Homework (oral and written assignments, presentations, journal): 30%
Quizzes and chapter tests: 15%
Midterm exam (oral interview and written): 10%
Final exam: (oral and written components): 15%


Language learning requires greater participation in the classroom than most other subjects in the university curriculum. Students are expected to attend ALL classes. Students are allowed to miss three instructional hours during the course of one semester without grade penalty. Absences beyond three instructional hours will result in grade penalty of 2% per day. Additional absences can be considered by the department only with proper documentation of attested medical needs for which a doctor's note will be required, and with the possibility of a tutoring requirement to preclude class disruption for other students.

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