The Integration Foundation (Integratsiooni Sihtasutus) opens up registration for free online Estonian courses at 10.00 a.m. today, Tuesday, August 18. New locations in Maardu and Keila have been added to the several towns nationwide which host the courses.
Anyone above the age of 18 can register at the foundation's site here. Registration requires an ID card, Mobile ID or Smart-ID.
When registering, it is possible to choose a suitable Estonian language course according to the level of your proficiency, as well as your preferences in terms of time and place," Jana Tondi, head of language learning at the Integration Foundation, said.
"This time, in addition to Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Narva, Jõhvi, Kohtla-Järve and Sillamäe, we offer courses in Maardu and Keila, so that the numerous people interested in Estonian there can learn the language in their home town," she added.
Over 150 courses with over 2,500 places on virtually all levels, from A1 (beginner) in the Common European Framework (CEF) to C1 (proficiency) are available.
More information on registering and course regulations are on the foundation's site. Courses are free to the user.
Those who cannot register online, or are not sure about their level, are not left out, as the foundation provides a consultation service to establish these things and to potentially line applicants up with a future course at the Integration Foundation's Estonian Language Houses or with a suitable training provider when these become available.
Consultations can be made via email or by calling 800 999 (free call inside Estonia).
The Integration Foundation courses are financed by the Ministry of Culture.
Editor: Andrew Whyte