Launch and implementation of a web-based language learning tool: Estonian for special purposes for non-Estonian speaking civil servants
P.M.F. Research participated in the project E- Kristjan, funded under the domain of LLP – Leonardo da Vinci transfer of innovation.
E-Kristjan – Launch and implementation of a web-based language learning tool: Estonian for special purposes for non-Estonian speaking civil servants” aimed to promote the language learning at workplace, not depending on the geographical location of the person.
The main goal of the project was to increase the non-Estonian speakers’ level of knowledge of Estonian language in order to improve their communication skills and efficiency of everyday work as knowing the language made things easier for them.
The main result of the project was the modern and flexible opportunity of learning official language for non-Estonian speakers. In the course of the project, a web-based learning tool, which consisted of 10 modules and a set of methods for learning Estonian language at the workplace, has been generated.
EU is a very multilingual and multicultural region where it is very important to know the local language, no matter in which member-state a person lives. In order to be competitive in the labour market the knowledge of professional language is important. In Estonia there are many people who do not speak Estonian or whose level of knowledge of Estonian is low, but they have still been or will potentially be employed by different organisations. Insufficient knowledge of local language would jeopardize the job and customer service related performance of non-Estonian speaking people.