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New language training materials for Estonian, Polish and Russian

8 March 2013

The following language training materials have recently been created through CEELBAS funding:

Language Learning Strategies for Postgraduate Students of Estonian


These exercises have been devised for self-study and aim to enhance the Estonian learner's linguistic intuition. It is near enough impossible to comprehend a language, and even more difficult to understand it well, without physically sensing how it sounds. This website contains audio recordings of Estonian words and texts designed to help the learner to imitate the pronunciation of Estonian by native speakers and increase familiarity with the rhythm of the language. A voice recorder is embedded into the website to enable the learner to record and play back their pronunciation.

These materials were created by Kristiina McCabe (contact via e-mail).

Learning to listen to and understand mass media broadcasts in Polish. A course for postgraduate students


This is a set of 10 units aimed at advanced learners of Polish who need to continue language education at postgraduate level and are looking to develop the comprehension skills necessary to aid research on current affairs that relies on radio and TV. The course has been designed for students at the B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and linguistically it fulfils all the requirements of these levels in terms of listening and reading comprehension.

These materials were created by Dagmar Divjak and Anna Socha of the University of Sheffield (contact via e-mail).

The Development Of Reading Skills forĀ  PhD Students of Russian History (based on modern Russian media sources)

These materials are intended for postgraduate students who wish to improve their reading skills in Russian for work with Russian-language sources. The selected texts and exercises are aimed primarily at PhD students in media, history and cultural studies with intermediate or advanced Russian language proficiency (lengthy newspaper articles and transcripts of long television programmes were utilised as source material) but they could also be of use for social scientists and non-academic users.

Prior to their incorporation into the CEELBAS Language Repository (see below), the 10 units of the course, totalling up to 20 hours of teaching/learning, are available on request from the project leaders Liza Langley and Elena Simms of the University of Manchester (contact via e-mail).

All of the above sets of materials will be added to the CEELBAS Language Repository - an open-access digital resource with over 40 sets of teaching and self-study materials, as well as articles, presentations, fieldwork guides and course design templates covering a wide range of Slavonic and East European languages.