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Piret Kärtner: Baltic 100 - the possibilities of multicultural and multilingual education system

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Integration conference "My home, our home: what unites us in a multicultural community" on 15th and 16th November in Tallinn, Estonia. Conference webpage: www.integrationconference.ee

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Piret Kärtner: Baltic 100 - the possibilities of multicultural and multilingual education system

  1. 1. • The beginning of public schooling 1688 • Swedish time: development of gymnasiums and TU 1632 • Wars and home schooling • Alexander I and co-educational schooling 1804 • Alexander II and russification 1882 • Secondary schools with the Estonian language of instruction 1906 Looking back
  2. 2. Today • 520 schools – majority with the Estonian language of instruction • 74 schools with the Russian language of instruction • 8 schools with the English language of instruction • 1 Finnish school • German language department at Tallinn German Gymnasium
  3. 3. • Trilingualism since the beginning of the 20th century • Rational arrangement of FL teaching 1918- 1940 • Soviet period 1945-1960 • School experiments, e.g. language specialist schools, CLIL • TPD since 1990 and support Foreign languages or the fate of small nations is to be multilingual
  4. 4. • Languages of minorities at Sunday schools • Estonian as the 2nd language • Choice and A, B, C foreign language • Equal status of foreign languages • Promoting Estonian abroad – schools and universities Languages today
  5. 5. • Learning from experience • Language competence as core competence • More attention to teaching and learning Estonian • Acknowledging diversity • Estonian language of instruction at schools – dealing with fears and applying different models • Expanding the choice of FL, paths of learning and CLIL • Certification Languages tomorrow

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