Linguists created a digital game which helps people learn the complexities of the Estonian language
In cooperation with the Institute of the Estonian Language and company Interactive Fate, linguists of the University of Tartu have developed a language game and a dictionary of Estonian as a second language for grammar learning. The language game “Käänuk” consists of 40 humorous comics with sentences, blank spaces, multiple choice answers and visual and sound effects.
Helle Metslang, a professor of today’s Estonian language at the University of Tartu, explained that this learning kit is meant for learners of the Estonian language from levels B1 and B2. “The material focuses particularly on the choice of case for objects in sentences, which is one of the most difficult grammar topics,” said professor Metslang.
The game is accompanied by explanations to facilitate language learning for both learner and teacher. At the start of the new academic year in August 2019, teachers will receive training on the use of the learning kit.
“Käänuk” was created in cooperation with Tallinn Läänemere Secondary School and Annelinna Gymnasium as well as other schools in Tallinn and Narva. The game has been tested by both school students and university students, Estonian language teachers, linguists and other language specialists.
The learning kit working group includes from the University of Tartu: Helena Metslang, Helle Metslang, Raili Pool, David Ogren; from the Institute of the Estonian Language: Natalia Vaiss; from company Interactive Fate: Edvin Aedma, Levar Lõhmus, Toomas Laasik.
The creation of the game has been supported by Foundation Innove European Social Fund.
The game “Käänuk” along with an object dictionary is available on the website.
More information: Helle Metslang, professor of today’s Estonian language at the University of Tartu, 522 5074, helle.metslang [ät] ut.ee