What is the Online Linguistic Support?
The Online Linguistic Support (OLS) supports language learning for Erasmus+ mobility participants. OLS offers Erasmus+ participants of long-term mobility activities (Key Action 1) the opportunity to assess their skills in the foreign language(s) they will use to study, work or volunteer abroad. In addition, selected participants may follow an online language course to improve their competence.
How does the language assessment work and who is it for?
The OLS language assessment is mandatory for all participants (including zero-grant students) of Erasmus+ mobility activities of at least two months (studies/traineeships/EVS volunteering) with one of the following languages as the main language of instruction, work or volunteering: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch (with the exception of native speakers).
Erasmus+ mobility participants must take the assessment twice — before and at the end of their mobility period — in order to monitor their progress in the language of mobility.
What are the assessment steps?
Participants must complete the first language assessment before the mobility to assess their language competences. For higher education students, taking the OLS language assessment before their departure is a pre-requisite for the mobility, except if duly justified. Assessment results do not prevent participants from taking part in the mobility programme, but can be used by the sending institution/coordinating organization to identify the participants most in need of linguistic support.
Based on their language proficiency, participants may have the opportunity to access the OLS learning platform to follow an online language course before and during their mobility period. This should be agreed between the participant and the institution/organization in charge of his/her selection.
At the end of their mobility period, participants have to take a second assessment to assess the progress made.
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