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Intermediate Estonian I
CEUS-T 203/603

Course Objectives

This course will serve to further develop the speaking, writing, listening and reading skills in contemporary Estonian.  Speaking skills will be developed by practicing a variety of speech situations, with the help of role-plays, skits and simulations, as well as oral presentations in class. Listening to audio-and video recordings will serve to enhance listening comprehension. Writing will be practiced in the form of free writing (journal) as well as more structured short essays, summaries and reviews.

As class-time is considerably reduced in comparison with the Introductory course, independent work becomes especially important. In the Fall semester, material from the Introductory course will be reviewed and supplemented, the emphasis is on enhancing fluency in speech and preparation for independent reading.

Required texts and materials:

H.Ahi, M.Pesti  E nagu Eesti. Tallinn, TEA 2001 + audio cassette (CD).
Main class textbook, available at IU bookstore.
J. Tuldava. Estonian Textbook. Bloomington, Indiana 1994.
Essential reference. Available for purchase from the RIFIAS office, Goodbody Hall 344.

Audio/video material as assigned in class, incl.
Tere Eestimaa! Hello Estonia! An audiovisual course in spoken Estonian. Tallinn 1993.
Available in the Language Lab and from the instructor.

Grammar exercises selected from Eesti keele ülesanded, teemad ja tekstid, Tallinn 2000 (available from the instructor).

Course materials  posted by the instructor on Oncourse.

Suggested texts and materials

In the 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 Wells 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.
R.Pool. Eesti keele verbirektsioone.Tartu Ülikooli kirjastus 1999.
Estonian-English-Estonian dictionary online at Password available from the instructor.


The assignments in this course will include regular homework in the form of exercises, short essays, reading and listening tasks as well as self-recorded speech. The students are required to write daily journal entries, submitted once a week.
There will be regular quizzes, bi-weekly tests, a midterm (Oct. 19) and a final exam (Dec.12).  The exams will consist of both an oral and a written part. There will normally be no make-up tests or exams.



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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