The Commissioner for the Protection of the State Language Taras Kremin discussed with the Director General of the State Language Inspectorate of Estonia, well-known children's writer Ilmar Tomusk, key aspects of implementing the language legislation of both countries and Estonia's experience in monitoring and monitoring violations of the law.
During the online meeting, Taras Kremin stressed the importance of borrowing certain methods of monitoring the implementation of language legislation, which are implemented by the State Language Inspectorate of Estonia. The experience of free state language courses, retraining and language training institutions is interesting.
The parties also discussed the possibility of introducing digital monitoring of compliance with language legislation in both countries, as well as the use of separate remote electronic platforms and language technologies to increase the level of state language proficiency in a pandemic.
The Estonian Language Inspectorate reports to the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia. Its main task for 30 years in a row is to monitor the implementation of language legislation. The main areas of its activity: ensuring the rights of citizens to receive information and services in the state language, overseeing its use in the service sector (about 3 thousand inspections per year), checking the quality of education and teaching by language companies In addition, they deal with issues related to the language of place names, the observance of the official language in office work and document management, translation of audiovisual works, language standards of official reporting and contracts, development and implementation of state language policy.
It is important to note that the license to teach the state language in the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia can be obtained only by those institutions and organizations that provide training and retraining, have the appropriate teaching staff, educational environment and experience. We will add that according to the law "On adult education", in Estonia language courses for persons of respectable age with issue of the corresponding certificates became popular also.
The State language courses in Estonia are free. In accordance with international requirements and classification of levels of proficiency in the state language, which are introduced in Ukraine, the applicant, having mastered the appropriate number of classroom, practical and independent work, can get one of four levels of difficulty from A2, B1, B2 to C1. exams appropriate certificate. Those who do not have such a certificate are unlikely to obtain citizenship, will be employed by local authorities, local governments or private companies. On the other hand, an employer interested in competent employees has the right to set a language proficiency requirement depending on the nature of the work.
Persons who have graduated from a school, college or university in Estonia, as indicated in the certificate or diploma, are exempted from taking state language examinations.