Catalogue of Initiatives
ERASMUS+ Online Linguistic Support for Refugees
- Language learning
In the participating countries, access to OLS is granted to refugees who wish to improve their knowledge in one of the languages available by a participating Erasmus+ beneficiary institution or organisation. OLS licences are also available for operators for instruction and support purposes. Operators can be identified within the Erasmus+ beneficiary institution/organisation (Erasmus+ beneficiaries involved can therefore receive OLS licences for instruction purposes) or NGOs/other organisations dealing directly with refugees.
OLS can be accessed online by anyone with an internet connection. It is compatible with mobile devices and all major browsers.
|Title||Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support for Refugees|
|Date launched||July 2016|
|Type of Resource||Online Language Courses / Online Training Course / Online Platform / Online Linguistic Support|
|Online or Blended||Online|
In the light of the current migration crisis, the OLS for Refugees initiative aims to support the efforts of EU Member States to integrate refugees into Europe’s education and training systems and contribute to their skills development.
With the OLS for Refugees, refugees can assess their language level and access online language courses, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and tutoring sessions in the language of their choice, for a maximum of 13 months. OLS is currently available in Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.
|Evaluation results/ monitoring plan||The OLS for Refugees initiative is implemented via a service framework contract. Monitoring is ensured by the Commission (both DG EAC and the Audiovisual, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)).|
|Recognition or certification of learning||Refugees need to take a first language assessment to find out what their current language level is, before they receive access to the course. After taking the assessment, they can download a summary of results which is in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)..
At the end of the language course, they receive a record of participation indicating the number of hours spent on the course. Finally, refugees can take a second optional language assessment in order to measure their progress in the language, following which they can download a new summary of results reflecting their new language level.
|Financing and sustainability model||The OLS for Refugees initiative is financed by the European Commission in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme and is running for three years, starting from July 2016.|
|Leading Organization||European Commission (DG Education and Culture)|