This textbook is designed for exchange (Erasmus) students but it also perfectly suits for all non-native adult speakers who start learning Lithuanian. The authors of this publication are professors of the Department of Lithuanian Studies, Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University with extensive and versatile experience in teaching Lithuanian to non-native speakers.
The teaching materials were created based on the communicative methodology of foreign language teaching and were set systematically and logically in consideration of learners’ needs and goals. The publication teaches key patterns of expression of communicative intentions and there are a lot of different reading, listening, language use, speaking, writing tasks and exercises. Tasks are engaging, clear, up-to-date, and realistic, and one is taught what real life demands (to greet, order food, ask and give information, purchase a ticket or some clothes, rent an apartment, etc.). Each lesson includes widely used public signs that will help one get oriented and feel better in Lithuania. Learning process is facilitated by natural conversations with recordings, lists of key phrases, lexis presented with translation into English, simply and clearly introduced grammar items. The teaching materials were tried out and tested while working with students of various countries.
The publication includes 10 lessons and is intended for 100–120 academic hours. After finishing the course students will be able to use key well-known phrases, converse in casual daily situations, ask personal questions and give a suitable reply, understand signs in town, write down information, text somebody, write a personal letter or greeting card, i.e., they will be able to use Lithuanian at levels A1–A1+. Useful sociocultural knowledge will help students feel better and adapt in Lithuania, the country they arrived in.
The publication is written in Lithuanian so it is intended for work with a teacher. There are several grammar tables and a Lithuanian–English vocabulary of all the words used in the lessons at the end of the publication.