Presenters: Merilyn Meristo, Ph.D., and Eve Eisenschmidt, Ph.D., Tallinn University

In the first part of the talk, Dr. Meristo will speak about foreign language teaching and learning in Estonia, from grades 1 to 12 and at the university level. She will also address the preparation of foreign language teachers, and some of the current challenges in the field. Then, Dr. Eisenschmidt will provide an overview of key factors of the Estonian education system since Estonia regained its independence in the 1990s. According to PISA surveys, today Estonia has one of the most successful education systems in Europe. Often attributed for this success is the high degree of autonomy of schools and teachers. This talk will also present the Tallinn University School Development Programme, "Future School," and the research carried out under this programme; see:

This guest presentation is made possible under an award from the Erasmus+ Program. For disability-related accommodations, please contact Mary Judge Diegert at (585) 275-2454 or email

The Warner School of Education hosts weekly talks on most Wednesdays during the Spring and Fall Semesters.

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