Summer School on English Language and Nordic Culture (4ECTS)
Target group: Students whose level of English is equivalent to B1 / B2
Aims of the course:The aim of this course is to improve the participants' English language skills at B1/ B2 level by learning about the history and culture of the Nordic countries. Lessons are designed to be interactive and include open-air lectures and visits to cultural sights (visiting historical Kadriorg and art museums, Rocca al Mare Open Air Museum, learning about Tallinn Old Town and many more).
Learning outcomes: The student can understand various kinds of reading and listening materials at level B1/B2, can, in most cases, guess the meaning of unfamiliar words from the context, can define the main idea of a reading and listening text at level B1/B2 and differentiate between vital and insignificant information; can skim the text for general gist and scan the text for specific information.
The student can understand conversations and talks in English.
The student can use the basic rules of the English grammar.
The student possesses spoken self-expression skills at level B1/B2.
The student has basic knowledge of the Nordic languages and culture.
Course content: Corrective English grammar and sentence structure. Development of reading and listening skills. Vocabulary development. Oral skills development.
Introduction to the Estonian, Finnish and Swedish languages. Introduction to the geography, history and culture of the Nordic countries.
General Chair: Hele Saar, MA in English Language and Literature
Hele has taught various English language courses at TTÜ since 1991, including English for Academic Purposes, English for Science and Research, English for Specific Purposes, Business English and Giving Presentations in English. She is the leading lecturer in the English language studies of the Prep-Year programme and Summer School of the English Language and Nordic Cultures. In 2014 she was nominated the title of the Lecturer of the Year of TTÜ.
Hele is a member of the Communications Skills Workshop committee.
Course schedule 2018
|Arriving. Settling in.|
Introduction to the course, the history of Estonia
(earliest settlements and the Middle Ages).
guided tour in Tallinn old-town
The history of Tallinn and the medieval Old Town (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site). Learning about Old Town’s authentic Hanseatic architecture.
The 18-19th centuries: Estonia in the Russian Empire. A lecture-walk in Kadriorg park and visiting Kadriorg Palace - a Baroque palace built for Catherine I of Russia by Peter the Great.
Guided tour at KUMU (Modern Art Museum)
|Estonians as a singing nation. Learning about the Singing Revolution which is a commonly used name for the events between 1987 and 1991 that led to the restoration of the independence of the Baltic countries. Learning about folk dances through videos and games.|
Northern Estonian nature and history of the villages (Lahemaa National Park - the largest park in Estonia and one of the biggest national parks in Europe).
|Weekend - free time to explore|
Learning about contemporary Estonia, one of the most advanced e-societies in the world, at Innovation and Business Centre MEKTORY.
Visit to e-Estonia Showroom
An open-air lecture at the Estonian Open Air Museum – a glimpse of what life used to be like. Visiting villages, farms, learning about household implements, old-fashioned agriculture and herding.
Guided tour at Estonian Open Air Museum
Neighbouring countries Finland and Sweden.
Finno-Ugric languages, linguistic roots, similarities and differences.
|Final presentations and feedback.|
|Days off /departure|
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