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NEWS — a game for 6th-9th grade pupils “Do you know these terms?”

03.02.2021.

The Latvian Language Agency encourages you to test and improve your knowledge by playing the game “Do you know these terms?” https://maciunmacies.valoda.lv/12-15.

The game consists of the most important terms in several subjects of learning. The terms can be grouped either by their fields of study or they can be viewed in a mixed order (see section: All terms). The student chooses a level that suits him / her. The levels differ according to the terms used and the number of letters that are already given to him / her. The student must read or listen to the description of the term and then write the term in the empty field. At the end of the game, the player is presented with both the number of points he / she received and with the option to repeat the failed questions, thereby improving his / her knowledge.

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“Laipa B2” is here! Language learning aids for the B2 proficiency level

28.01.2021.

“Language is the bridge that enables the connection of souls, minds, and people.”

(A. Kronvalds)

We’ve published a Latvian language teaching aid set — Latvian language for adults. Laipa B2. This textbook is the last in the series Latvian language for adults A1-B2.

The textbook can be used to improve all language skills, but it pays special attention to recognizing and understanding different literary styles, as well as writing skills.

The content of the textbook is organized into five thematic categories: Communication and Technology, The Environment and Time, Work, Business and Money, Society and Politics, Culture and Language. Read more

Learning Latvian — how exciting!

21.01.2021.

Last weekend, several groups began learning Latvian remotely to acquire the B2 and C1 levels of language proficiency. It is a pleasure to see that a large number of migrants do not want to stop at acquiring an A2 proficiency level, which is necessary to obtain a permanent residence permit, but instead want to learn to freely speak, read and watch films in Latvian.

We hope that by acquiring a C1 proficiency level, language learners will be able to:

  • understand long radio and TV programs with almost no effort;
  • understand texts on a variety of topics and in a variety of literary styles, including long, factual texts, comments and reports;
  • present their thoughts on complex issues in essays, choosing the appropriate style of communication clearly and logically;
  • express themselves fluently and spontaneously, be able to argue their opinions, express their thoughts and opinions accurately and clearly.

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Apply for Latvian language courses

20.01.2021.

The Latvian Language Agency has implemented the sub-activity “Supporting teacher competence development in a linguistically heterogeneous environment” as part of the European Social Fund project “Competence Approach to Curriculum” (agreement No. 8.3.1.1/16/1/002). In order to strengthen the Latvian language skills of general education pre-school and school teachers at the C1 level and to help them gradually achieve the C2 level of proficiency, the project entails courses for the improvement of Latvian language skills for professional purposes (a 120-hour course program).

The LVA invites teachers of minority pre-school educational institutions and pre-school institutions, school teachers and school collectives to apply for these language courses. Due to Covid-19 related restrictions, the group leaders of these LVA’s courses will only offer remote classes. Please note that you can apply from February 25th.

Both groups of schoolteachers (16 people in one group) and individual teachers can apply for the courses. Read more

Latvia’s first interactive “Pictorial Dictionary” has been published

19.01.2021.

The news will delight not only pre-school and primary school students, but also their parents and teachers. The Latvian Language Agency has developed a modern and useful interactive pictorial dictionary full of words and pictures.

The vocabulary included in the dictionary is divided thematically and supplemented with interesting tasks. First, the user must learn a variety of words and then choose a task corresponding to a topic he or she can choose. The students can choose from three different types of tasks:

Name and check! — take a look at a picture, then think of a word (or say it out loud) that corresponds to that picture, click on the picture and check your answer;

Choose a picture! — read a word and select a corresponding picture. If you click on the correct image — the other side of the image will turn green, if what you’ve selected is incorrect, the other side will turn red;

Choose a letter! — take a look at a picture and read the word below it. The task is to study the available letters and find the missing one.

The interactive pictorial dictionary is available for free on the website of the Latvian Language Agency: https://maciunmacies.valoda.lv/lidz-6 Read more

We invite you to apply for Latvian language courses

17.01.2021.

The Latvian Language Agency has implemented the sub-activity “Supporting teacher competence development in a linguistically heterogeneous environment” as part of the European Social Fund project “Competence Approach to Curriculum” (agreement No. 8.3.1.1/16/1/002). In order to strengthen the Latvian language skills of general education pre-school and school teachers at the C1 level and to help them gradually achieve the C2 level of proficiency, the project offers courses to those seeking to improve their Latvian language skills for professional purposes (a 120-hour course program).

The LVA invites teachers of minority pre-school educational institutions and pre-school institutions, schoolteachers and school collectives to apply for the above-mentioned Latvian language courses. Due to the restrictions in place to stop the spread of Covid-19, the course leaders will only offer remote classes (if the restrictions are lifted, the classes can be held in person). Please note that you can apply from February 15th.

Both groups of schoolteachers (16 people in one group) and individual teachers can apply for the courses.

Please apply via e-mail, by contacting LVA’s methodologist Ērika Pičukāne erika.picukane@valoda.lv.

The Latvian Language Agency has begun the implementation of an Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund project.

07.01.2021.

The aim of the project “Learning Latvian language in order to facilitate the integration of third-country nationals into the labour market 3” (No. PMIF/6/2020/3/01) is to ensure that third-country nationals acquire the Latvian language in a modern and diverse way, so they can acquire further education, communicate on a daily basis and satisfy the needs of the local labour market.

The project aims to continue what the previous projects started and organize Latvian language courses for all levels of proficiency, achieving a total of at least 240 third-country attendees. The language courses will be held not only in Riga, but also on a regional level (upon request).
At the end of the course, 100 people will be given the opportunity to take the state language proficiency test free of charge.

The study process will make use of modern learning materials developed by the Latvian Language Agency; all course participants will have access to free materials on the website www.valoda.lv and its sub-sites. Many of the materials will be adapted for remote learning. Read more

Catch and “Catch on to words”!

06.01.2021.

The Latvian Language Agency has published a book full of sweet, witty, fun, and useful words for the little ones. Those who do not yet know how to read themselves can instead become eager listeners.

In this book, words are stringed in poems, comics, fairy tales, riddles and even food recipes. And who’s this? Tuta’s friends Lapsa and Feneks are ready to catch words with you. The schools in the diaspora will receive the book as a gift. For everyone else curious to catch words — the book is currently available for sale only remotely, contacting us at agentura@valoda.lv. Read more