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Intermediate Estonian II
CEUS-T 204/604
Piibi-Kai Kivik

This course is a continuation of Intermediate Estonian I. We will continue reading a variety of adapted (textbook) and authentic texts, writing short assignments, practicing conversation and listening. The focus will be increasingly on syntax in addition to morphology, the already familiar word forms as well as those introduced will be learned from the perspective of their function in sentence and communicative purpose. The exercises on forms will be mainly assigned as independent home-work, class-time will be spent on interactive tasks. By the end of the course you will have an overview of the structure of Estonian, will have covered the inflectional morphology commonly used in spoken and written modern Standard Estonian. You will be able to read short authentic texts (such as news articles) with the help of a dictionary, participate in simple conversations and interact in a variety of everyday communicative situations.

Required texts and materials:

M.Pesti.H.Ahi E nagu Eesti, Tallinn 2000. Chapters 28-30, review. CD.
M.Pesti.H.Ahi T nagu Tallinn. Tallinn 2006. Chapters 1-5. CD.
J. Tuldava. Estonian Textbook. Bloomington, Indiana 1994. 

A. Kihulane, T.Kärema. Tere Tallinn! Tallinn 2004, comic book. (bookstore)
E.Niit. Pille-Riin. Children’s book, selections and audiotape reading. (from the instructor)

Workbooks (selections available from the instructor):
M.Loodus. 160 eesti keele harjutust (grammar exercises) Tallinn 1999.
E. Muru, V.Pappel. Eesti keele harjutused (grammar exercises). Tallinn 1999.
R.Pool. Eesti keele sihitise ja rektsiooni harjutusi. Tartu 2006.

Additional materials made available by the instructor:
Kevade (film on loan + script)
M.Mägi, K. Tamm. Vaata, kuula, räägi! F-7, Tallinn 2003. Video-clips and exercises.

Keelevara:  Online English-Estonian and Estonian-English dictionaries,
orthographic dictionary (Õigekeelsussõnaraamat

Suggested texts and materials

Dictionaries and recommended reference
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.

Assignments and grading policy

The assignments in this course will include regular homework in the form of exercises, short essays, reading, speaking and listening tasks. From the second half of the class, the students will read a short news article every week, reporting on it orally and in writing. Other independent reading will be assigned.
The students will submit weekly journal entries. This writing will not be graded but is required. Participation in the coffee-hour is highly recommended.
Attendance and active participation is essential, including being prepared for each class and submitting homework assignments in a timely fashion.
There will be regular quizzes, bi-weekly tests, a midterm and a final exam.  The exams will consist of both an oral and a written part. There will normally be no make-up tests or exams.  Graduates are held to a higher standard.

30 % class attendance and participation
20 % oral and written assignments
20 %  tests/quizzes
15 %  midterm
15 %  final


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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