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 Online Linguistic Support(OLS)

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​Online language assessment is mandatory for all participants of Erasmus+ learning mobility activities of at least 2 months (studies / traineeships / volunteering / long-term staff mobility), having one of the following languages as their main language of instruction/work: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch.

Erasmus+ mobility participants must take the assessment twice — before beginning and at the end of their mobility period — in order to monitor their progress in the language of mobility.

The online assessment assesses participants' language skills - listening, reading and writing - according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

All of our Erasmus+ outgoing students (including 2014-2015 Spring Term) must complete the first language assessment before leaving on mobility to assess their language competences. Results do not prevent participants from taking part in the mobility programme but they can be used by the sending institutions/organisations to identify the participants most in need for linguistic support.

Based on their language proficiency, participants may have the opportunity to access a learning platform to follow an online language course before or during their mobility period. This should be agreed between the learner and the institution/organisation in charge of his/her selection.

At the end of their mobility period, participants will be requested to take a second assessment to assess the progress made.

Only the participants and the institutions / organisations in charge of their selection receive the results of the assessments. For Higher Education students, the results will not be communicated to the receiving institution/organisation.

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The Online Linguistic Support provides participants in Erasmus+ long-term mobility activities (Key Action 1) with the opportunity to assess their knowledge of the language they will use to study, work or volunteer abroad. In addition, the Online Linguistic Support gives to a number of participants the possibility to follow an online language course to improve their competences.

The promotion of language learning and linguistic diversity is one of the specific objectives of the Erasmus+ Programme . The lack of language competences is one of the main barriers to participation in European education, training and youth programmes.

Who can benefit?

In 2014, the Online Linguistic Support is available for:

  • Higher education students going on mobility for studies  (3-12 months) or traineeships  (2 – 12 months);
  • Young volunteers undertaking an European Voluntary Service (EVS) (2 - 12 months)
  • As from 2015, the service will be extended to Vocational Education Training (VET) learners.
How does it work?

The Online Linguistic Support includes mandatory assessment of language competences and the possibility to follow language courses. A language assessment has to be undertaken both before and at the end of the mobility period in order to monitor progress in language competences. The results of the language assessment carried out by the participants before their departure will not prevent them from taking part in the mobility activity.

The Online Linguistic Support is available for the following six languages:

  • German (DE)
  • English (EN)
  • Spanish (ES)
  • French (FR)
  • Italian (IT)
  • Dutch (NL)
These are the languages of instruction or work for about 90% of all students, trainees, youth volunteers and others that study or train abroad. In the future, Online Linguistic Support will be extended to all the EU official languages.

How to participate?

If you are leaving for an Erasmus+ mobility activity, you will receive a login and a password to access the Online Linguistic Support platform.

For more detailed information on how to participate, please contact your sending institution.

For more information please visit official web page of Online Linguistic Support

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