The Estonian Ministry of Education and Research on Thursday opened an online course of Estonian language for English-speaking learners.
The course, called Keeleklikk, is a modern online Estonian course for beginners that is suitable for individual study and also for classroom use. Keeleklikk targets adult learners who want to learn how to communicate in everyday situations, spokespeople for the Ministry of Education and Research said.
The e-course can be accessed at www.keeleklikk.ee .
The course consists of 16 comprehensive language learning units that include a total of 200 animations, over 100 videos that explain grammar and roughly 1,200 exercises. Keeleklikk also features a real Estonian teacher with whom students can exchange letters via e-mail.
Keeleklikk is free of charge for anyone who wishes to use it. The launch of the English-language version was timed to coincide with Estonian Language Day, March 14.
In 2010-2012 the Keeleklikk version for Russian-speaking learners was developed. The Russian version already has more than 12,000 active users and 4,300 pieces of homework have been handed in via it.
During 2013 and 2014 the course for English-speaking users will be translated and amended to meet the needs of learners. Units will be made available for users one by one in the order in which they are completed.
More than 50 different experts have contributed to the development of Keeleklikk. The project has been financed by the European Social Fund and the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.