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The study area of Estonian Language and Culture in the Tallinn University School of Humanities combines studies and research on Estonian language, literature and culture. The main branches of research and teaching are related to Estonian language, both as first and second language, Estonian literature and culture, literary studies, linguistics (socio-, general and applied), and with language and social communication.

Our study area provides preparation for Estonian language and literature teachers as well as for teachers of Estonian as a second language.

Our academic study area is also responsible for teaching Estonian language and culture to all Tallinn University non-Estonian students who want to acquaint themselves with these subjects, and for in depth teaching of Estonian as the official language of Estonia.

Our study area is responsible for the Mother Tongue Education Centre, the Tallinn University Centre for Academic Estonian and the Research Centre for Estonian Literature and Culture.

The academic study area has a mission to fulfil the Constitutional goal of the Estonian Republic: to preserve and develop the Estonian language and culture. Our teaching staff and researchers, dedicated to this goal, are distinguished professionals of their field and recognised both in Estonia and abroad.

Compared to the past, the position of the Estonian language and culture is changing due to globalisation and diverse influences. We therefore believe that concentrated yet broad minded analysis is required. One of the aims of the study area is to interpret and give meaning to the role of our native language and culture in the contemporary world, analyse the meaning of Estonian culture and make students to think, what does it mean to be Estonian.

The knowledge of Estonian language and culture and acquired degree guarantees multiple options in the labour market. The practical skills, like correct usage of spoken and written Estonian, skills of compiling and editing texts, language editing skills, skills of social communication, and ability to use language correctly in different situations make it possible for our graduates to find work in editing offices, publishers, in national and other institutions, various organisations and enterprises.

Students, having acquired BA and positive theoretical interests in linguistics or literature may proceed in the academic sphere and pursue postgraduate studies. The study area operates Estonian Studies MA programme based on English.  Teachers of Estonian language and literature are needed in Estonia but increasingly also abroad. We believe that every Estonian citizen would profit from deeper knowledge of the Estonian language and culture regardless of their profession or field of activity. Such knowledge should also be of interest to non-Estonians, living in Estonia or abroad and showing interest in Estonia and our culture.

Head of Study Area, Professor Piret Viires