User guide

User guide
The language courses
User guide for mobility
participants
Learn languages with Erasmus+ OLS
German – English – Spanish – French –
Italian – Dutch
Copyright © 2015 ALTISSIA International S.A. All rights reserved.
Latest update: 11/09/2015
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Introduction............................................................................................................... 4
1.1
1.2
1.3
2
System requirements ..................................................................................................... 4
Accessing and logging into the Erasmus+ OLS website .................................................... 5
Accessing the Erasmus+ OLS language courses................................................................ 6
Erasmus+ OLS language courses ................................................................................. 8
2.1
Introduction .................................................................................................................. 8
2.1.1
Language course in the local language............................................................................ 8
2.1.2
How are the OLS language courses structured? ............................................................. 9
2.1.3
Guided tour ................................................................................................................... 10
2.1.4
Interface language ......................................................................................................... 10
2.2
Functionality of the menu bar ...................................................................................... 11
2.2.1
Introduction ................................................................................................................... 11
2.2.2
“Profile” section ............................................................................................................ 11
2.2.3
Useful information about your learning process .......................................................... 13
2.3
Home page .................................................................................................................. 14
2.3.1
Results of the language assessment.............................................................................. 14
2.3.2
Useful information ........................................................................................................ 14
2.3.3
Your profile and progress .............................................................................................. 15
2.4
Language courses ........................................................................................................ 16
2.4.1
“General” section .......................................................................................................... 16
A
“Vocabulary” module ...................................................................................................................... 16
a) Presentation................................................................................................................................ 16
b) Choosing a lesson ........................................................................................................................ 17
c) Studying a lesson ........................................................................................................................ 18
d) How to train ................................................................................................................................ 18
e) How to use the vocabulary list.................................................................................................... 23
f)
Summary test .............................................................................................................................. 24
B
“Grammar” module ......................................................................................................................... 25
a) Presentation................................................................................................................................ 25
b) Choosing a lesson ........................................................................................................................ 26
c) Pre-test (only available in the English and Dutch courses) ......................................................... 26
d) Choose a section ......................................................................................................................... 27
e) Rules and exercises ..................................................................................................................... 28
f)
Post-test (only available in the English and Dutch courses) ....................................................... 29
C
"Pronunciation" module (only available in the English course) ...................................................... 29
D
“Argumentation” module................................................................................................................ 30
a) Presentation................................................................................................................................ 30
b) Choosing and studying a lesson .................................................................................................. 31
2.4.2
A
B
C
D
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"Professions" section..................................................................................................... 32
Banking (only available in the English course, B1) .......................................................................... 32
Meetings (B1/B2) ............................................................................................................................ 33
Job Courses (B1/C1) ........................................................................................................................ 34
Correspondence (B1/C1) ................................................................................................................. 35
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Forum ...................................................................................................................... 36
3.1
Introduction ................................................................................................................ 36
3.2
How to use it ............................................................................................................... 36
3.2.1
Access the forum ........................................................................................................... 36
3.2.2
Post a discussion............................................................................................................ 37
3.2.3
Read messages .............................................................................................................. 38
3.2.4
Post a comment............................................................................................................. 39
3.3
My profile ................................................................................................................... 41
3.3.1
Change My Picture ........................................................................................................ 42
3.3.2
My Preferences.............................................................................................................. 43
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"News" Module ....................................................................................................... 44
4.1
Purpose of the News module ....................................................................................... 44
4.2
Structure ..................................................................................................................... 44
4.3
How does it work? ....................................................................................................... 44
4.3.1
Articles ........................................................................................................................... 45
4.3.2
Videos ............................................................................................................................ 46
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Live coaching ........................................................................................................... 47
5.1
Introduction ................................................................................................................ 47
5.1.1
General introduction ..................................................................................................... 47
5.1.2
MOOCs........................................................................................................................... 48
A
B
Objective ......................................................................................................................................... 48
Organisation .................................................................................................................................... 48
5.1.3
A
B
Tutoring sessions ........................................................................................................... 48
Objective ......................................................................................................................................... 48
Organisation .................................................................................................................................... 49
5.2
Registering for Live coaching classes............................................................................. 49
5.2.1
Introduction ................................................................................................................... 49
5.2.2
MOOCs........................................................................................................................... 50
5.2.3
Tutoring sessions ........................................................................................................... 51
5.3
Classroom ................................................................................................................... 51
5.3.1
Accessing the classroom ................................................................................................ 51
5.3.2
MOOCs........................................................................................................................... 51
5.3.3
Tutoring sessions ........................................................................................................... 52
A
B
C
D
E
F
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Learning tips ............................................................................................................ 58
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Record of participation in the language course ......................................................... 58
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Useful information ................................................................................................... 59
8.1
8.2
2
Interactive Document Presentation ................................................................................................ 53
Conference Room ............................................................................................................................ 54
Video ............................................................................................................................................... 54
Real-time chat ................................................................................................................................. 55
Participants...................................................................................................................................... 56
Document repository ...................................................................................................................... 57
What is the CEFR? ........................................................................................................ 59
Where can you find the user guide? ............................................................................. 59
8.3
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Data protection........................................................................................................ 60
9.1
9.2
9.3
9.4
9.5
9.6
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Helpdesk ..................................................................................................................... 59
Disclaimer ................................................................................................................... 60
Privacy statement ........................................................................................................ 61
Copyright .................................................................................................................... 67
Contact ....................................................................................................................... 67
Cookies ....................................................................................................................... 68
OLS Code of Conduct.................................................................................................... 68
1 Introduction
Welcome to the Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support (OLS), the online language learning courses for
Higher Education students, trainees, EVS volunteers and VET learners going on long-term mobility!
This user guide helps you to quickly and efficiently start your training.
1.1 System requirements
Listed below are the minimum system requirements needed to successfully run the Erasmus+ OLS
language courses online:
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Operating system: Microsoft Windows® 2000, or XP, or Vista, or Seven, or 8, or 2003 Server;
Mac OS X 10.1 or later
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Screen resolution: 1024x768
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Standard audio card
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Speakers or head phones and microphone
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Browser: Internet Explorer® 7 or later; Mozilla Firefox 3.6 or later; Chrome 10 or later; Safari
5 or later
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Adobe® Flash Player 9.0.124 or later (Flash Player 10.1 for the voice recognition tool) or
HTML5 (currently without voice recognition)
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Broadband Internet Connection (DSL/Cable)
1.2 Accessing and logging into the Erasmus+ OLS website
Before being able to access the Erasmus+ OLS language assessments and courses, you need to
activate your user account. You should have received an automated email with your login
credentials. Just follow the link provided in the email to activate your account.
Once you have activated your Erasmus+ OLS account, to access the Erasmus+ OLS Home page go to
the following URL: www.erasmusplusols.eu
To access the login page, click on the “Login” button in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
To log in, type the login and password you received by email from your sending
institution/organisation. If you don't remember your password, click on the “Forgot your password?”
link.
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If you encounter any problems, contact the Erasmus+ OLS technical support team by clicking on
“Contact us” in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
1.3 Accessing the Erasmus+ OLS language courses
After
taking
the
language
assessment,
you
receive
an
email
from
your
sending
institution/organisation if you have been granted a language course licence.
You can access the language courses in two ways:
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By clicking on “Start my course” within the email itself. Activate your user account the way
you did before completing your language assessment to access the Erasmus+ OLS language
course. Just follow the link provided in the email to activate your account.
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By logging in through the Erasmus+ OLS website (Point 1. Access the Erasmus+ OLS website).
Once your account has been activated, you may log in via the Erasmus+ OLS website. You
arrive at the page with your assessment results. Click on the button “Start my courses” in
order to access the Erasmus+ OLS language course.
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The system then checks the compatibility of your hardware and software. Once the compatibility
check has finished and your configuration matches the minimum specifications, click on “Start
my courses”.
2 Erasmus+ OLS language courses
2.1 Introduction
2.1.1 Language course in the local language
If you have obtained a result between CEFR levels B2 and C2 at your first language assessment, you
may have been selected by your sending institution/organisation to follow an OLS language course in
the local language of your mobility country.
Please note that the “Local Language” only concerns the language courses, not the language
assessments. Therefore the final language assessment is in the same language as the first language
assessment since this is your main language of instruction/work.
Since you are following an OLS language course in the local language of your mobility country your
result of the first language assessment (which you took in your main language of work/instruction) is
not displayed on the OLS dashboard.
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2.1.2 How are the OLS language courses structured?
In the “General” section from the “Language courses” tab, you have access to the following modules:
Vocabulary, Grammar, Pronunciation (currently only available in English as the learning language)
and Argumentation. The Vocabulary and Grammar modules are available for all CEFR (Common
European Framework of Reference) levels. Pronunciation is meant for beginners in English and
introduces the sounds and phonetics in English only. Argumentation is for learners at levels B1 to C1
in the language they are learning. This module enables learners to improve their listening
comprehension but also to defend their point of view in the language they are learning.
The “Professions” section is intended for learners with a minimum B1 level and is directed at the
professional world. There are the following modules: banking (only in the English course), meetings,
job courses and correspondence.
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The “Forum” is the place to interact with other learners. You can have general or specific discussions
about the language you are learning. You can also ask pedagogical questions that are answered by
Erasmus+ OLS tutors.
The “News” section is intended for proficient learners and uses videos and articles from media
around the world. Click on a word to learn what it means and complete the quiz related to the video
or article to test your comprehension!
2.1.3 Guided tour
The first time you log in, the system automatically plays a guided tour. We advise you to carefully
watch this video so that you are aware of all the features on the OLS language courses.
This video is always available in the Help section, in the upper right-hand corner of the screen via the
question mark icon (
).
2.1.4 Interface language
If you want to view the website in another language, you can change your interface language at the
top of the page in the dropdown list. The language courses are available in German, English, Spanish,
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French, Italian and Dutch.
2.2 Functionality of the menu bar
2.2.1 Introduction
After logging into the OLS, your avatar and login appear in the upper right-hand corner. You may click
on the icon
to access the control panel.
2.2.2 “Profile” section
The first section, "Profile", allows you to access your personal data and to change your contact
information and avatar.
Among your contact information, you may want to update your mobility dates. The estimated dates
of mobility are important as they determine the date of your second language assessment. Please
pay particular attention to the date of return and note that your mobility cannot exceed 13 months.
Keep in mind that changing your mobility dates won’t update your tokens for the tutoring sessions. 1
The language of the assessment, as indicated under the tab “Language to Test”, has been selected by
your sending institution/organisation as the main language of instruction for your mobility period. It
is not possible to modify this field.
Only for Higher Education students: On your profile page, you can also see a field entitled “Local
Language” (see point 2.1).
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See explanations on tutoring sessions credits page 50
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2.2.3 Useful information about your learning process
The next two sections, "History" and "Statistics”, provide a detailed summary of the length of time
that you have spent on the OLS language courses.
History
Statistics
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The fourth section, "Scores", details the results of your course practice and exercises.
2.3 Home page
2.3.1 Results of the language assessment
On the Home page of the Erasmus+ OLS, there is the result of your language assessment. You can
click on “Download your program” to access a learning programme for your level. You can also
access the results of your language assessment by clicking on “Language assessment” on the menu
bar.
Please note that if you are a Higher Education student following the OLS language course in
the local language of your mobility country, the result of your first language assessment is not
displayed on the dashboard.
2.3.2 Useful information
The section below your language level description shows the following information:
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Analysis of your individual needs: The analysis of your individual needs, available on the
Home page, allows you to download a detailed breakdown of your learning requirements
according to different criteria: your status (student, trainee and volunteer) and the duration
of your stay. You are able to download a PDF document with useful advice and information
according to these criteria. In this document, the key skills related to your stay are identified:
do you need to work more on your writing skills or your speaking skills, on your reading
comprehension or on your listening comprehension? According to your profile, the most
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likely day-to-day situations you encounter are identified. You also get recommendations on
how to prepare yourself with the OLS language course. Depending on the different skills and
situations identified, various modules and types of exercises are suggested to guide you in
your learning process. Teaching tips that relate to the frequency and intensity of study that is
required on the OLS language course are also available.
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Live Coaching: By clicking on the “Live Coaching” section you can access the dashboard
where you can register for planned Tutoring sessions and MOOCs (Massive Online Open
Courses).
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Help: By clicking on the “Help” section you can access the following tools and support:
 Guided tour
 User guide
 A description of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
(CEFR)
 Report a problem
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Continue my learning: This allows you to continue your course from where you had stopped
at during your previous session.
2.3.3 Your profile and progress
In the last section of the Home page, you can access:
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Your profile: where you can change your personal information.
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Your scores: where you can check your scores and progression.
2.4 Language courses
From the menu, the tab "Language courses" leads to a full range of courses in the selected language.
Based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level that you were
assessed at, you can take a course that includes a variety of activities that allow you to progress in all
language skills. We recommend following a specific course, however, you are free to move at your
own pace according to your needs.
2.4.1 “General” section
A
“Vocabulary” module
a)
Presentation
This module focuses on learning everyday vocabulary through dynamic multimedia animation.
Another module is dedicated to professional vocabulary (cf. 5.4.2 “Professions” section).
First, choose “Vocabulary” from the menu under "Language Courses", and then select your level.
The Vocabulary module has five training levels for English and Dutch (A1 - Beginner, A2 – Elementary,
B1 - Intermediate, B2 – Upper Intermediate, and C1 - Advanced) and four training levels for German,
Spanish, French and Italian (A1, A2, B1 and B2).
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A1 is for learners with no or very little knowledge of the learning language. The vocabulary is
based on everyday experiences. The A1 level is divided into three sub-levels: Initiation (A1-),
Beginner (A1) and False Beginner (A1+).
o
A2 is for learners who wish to be able to use the language in everyday life (for example,
socialising, communicating with family, travelling and making phone calls). The level focuses
on learning and using the 700 most common words and phrases in the language.
o
B1 is more comprehensive and looks at topics such as health and well-being, food and drink,
travel, transportation, shopping, etc. The level covers 400 words that complement the A2
vocabulary.
o
B2 is for learners that can now properly express themselves in general situations with the
2.000 words and phrases learnt at levels A2, B1 and B2. This level covers an additional 800
words and common expressions.
o
C1 is for people who wish to gain fluency and accuracy by greatly enriching their lexical and
idiomatic register with over 600 additional items to learn. The topics here are related to
everyday life, social issues, political issues, and news (e.g. environment, media, etc.).
b)
Choosing a lesson
Select a suitable lesson theme by clicking on the title or image.
In the list of lessons, there is the subject and learning goal of each lesson.
The doughnut chart allows you to see your overall progress in each lesson. The doughnut chart turns
more green or red depending on the results you achieved in each of the activities you have
completed. According to the number of activities you have done as well as the results you achieved
in the exercises, the pie chart turns green or red. When a lesson includes a summary test or a review
test, it counts more than the exercises. Inside each lesson a horizontal line might be present to show
you a more detailed overview of your results.
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c)
Studying a lesson
After choosing your topic, you can view every segment of each lesson, plus the "Vocabulary List" and
"Summary Test" as shown in the top right-hand corner of the screen. For each "section", you can
view the animated vignette by clicking on the video image “Start introduction” as well as practise
your language skills by completing the comprehension, dictation and spelling, and pronunciation
exercises.
d)
How to train
The animated vignettes
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When clicking on a topic, you are able to watch an animated vignette highlighting key words
and phrases. We recommend you start here.
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Each topic has one or more animated segments, accessible by clicking on "Part 1", "Part 2"
and/or more. It is recommended that you follow the learning progression. The order of the
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animated vignette is indicated in the section title.
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Immerse yourself in the language by watching these animated segments that are narrated by
native speakers. Depending on your level and learning preference, you can choose to display
the speakers’ subtitles. If the speed is too fast, you can pause between sequences by clicking
on this button (
).
You can move forward/backward and pause through the animation. You can click on the
speaker/audio icon (
) to activate/deactivate the sound of the animation. You can also add
subtitles in the learning language.
Click on the underlined words in order to view the definition, listen to the pronunciation, as
well as to see more details concerning that particular word (e.g. sample sentences, tab 'learn
more', etc.). If you want to memorise an unknown word or expression, you can mark it with a
star so that you can create a personalised vocabulary list. These words can be filtered in the
vocabulary list by clicking on the 'STAR' (
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) button.
Exercises
Each animated segment includes a series of exercises that allow you to quickly learn and practise the
targeted vocabulary.
Three exercises are suggested for each animated vignette:
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"Comprehension exercises” focus on the understanding and use of the key vocabulary
presented in the video.
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"Dictation and spelling" includes exercises focusing on the transcription and spelling of the
vignette’s keywords.
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"Pronunciation exercises" use a voice recognition tool, which helps you to properly
pronounce key words and phrases. You need a headset with a microphone to complete these
exercises. Be sure to adjust the settings of your microphone to optimise your results.
This tool allows you to assess whether your pronunciation is similar to that of a native
speaker by giving your results as a percentage (a score between 0% and 100%) and also
offers the possibility to record and replay your input. This possibility is important because it
allows you to evaluate yourself by distinguishing the difference between your pronunciation
and that of a native speaker.
How?
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The first time you attempt a pronunciation exercise, the system prompts you to calibrate
your microphone.
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You must then choose the words and phrases that you want to test in the general
vocabulary. You can also click on the first word in the list and gradually pronounce all the
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words by clicking on the arrow (
-
).
Listen to the native pronunciation model and then try to imitate it. Record by clicking the
button and stop recording by clicking the
-
You can also pronounce the words or phrases again to improve your results. To do this,
click the
-
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button.
button.
Your pronunciation results or "scores" appear next to each word in the list.
e)
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How to use the vocabulary list
During each lesson, you can consult the list of vocabulary by clicking on the "Vocabulary List"
tab.
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This list includes the words and expressions that you have progressively memorised through
the comprehension, dictation, and pronunciation exercises.
By clicking on each word, additional explanations appear. Then, click on the speaker symbol (
) to
hear the correct pronunciation of a word. You can also easily navigate through the words by using
the left and right arrows.
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•
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The status of each word is determined by your results on the lesson's summary test:
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The symbol (
) indicates that you know the word;
o
The symbol (
) indicates that you do not yet know the word;
o
The box remains blank if the word has not been checked on the summary test.
You are able to print the vocabulary lists so that you can take them with you to study. To
print the vocabulary lists, click on the PDF icon (
) in the vertical menu on the right-hand
side next to the vocabulary list.
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You can use the search bar to search for a word
•
Clicking on the
•
Clicking on the stars
.
icon allows you to change the word order of the vocabulary list.
next to the words allows you to save these words in the favourites’
vocabulary list. You can access that favourites’ vocabulary list by clicking on
•
Clicking on the (
.
) icon in the title of a column, allows you to hide or show the column,
thus facilitating your training experience.
f)
Summary test
The summary test quizzes you on the lesson's vocabulary, while testing your knowledge of what you
have just learnt in all sections of that topic. It firstly tests words on which you have not yet been
tested, or for which you have given an incorrect answer on a previous test. The test includes gap-fill
exercises for one or more of the missing words.
If you cannot recall the missing words or expressions, definitions below the exercise might be of use.
You can pause the summary test at any stage, then continue it later.
If you need help or a hint, click on the light bulb (
phrase.
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) to reveal the first letters of the word or
Upon completion of the test, you receive your score as well as the corrections. You may want to retry
the summary test or learn the unknown words by repeating them until they are memorised.
B
“Grammar” module
a)
Presentation
The grammar module helps you to understand and master the grammatical rules through a very
effective teaching method. Each rule is introduced progressively, reviewed several times, and
presented throughout the material studied.
You can access the grammar module by clicking on "Language Courses" and then selecting the
"Grammar" tab. The available levels depend on the language studied. We recommend you choose
the level according to your result in the grammar section of your language assessment. You might
also pick a section in order to learn more about a specific grammatical rule.
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b)
Choosing a lesson
Choose your level and then the category. Depending on the language, several categories are
available: for example, verb, determinants, sentence structure, etc. Each category includes several
themes. Choose a theme and then begin your lesson by clicking on its title.
The doughnut chart allows you to see your progress in every lesson. According to the number of
activities you have done as well as the results you achieved in the exercises, the pie chart turns green
or red. When a lesson includes a summary test or a review test, completion of this test fills a larger
portion of the doughnut chart. In each lesson a horizontal line is present to show you a detailed
overview of your results.
c)
Pre-test (only available in the English and Dutch courses)
Pre-tests and post-tests are available in the list of proposed "lessons" and are highlighted in a slightly
darker colour (see above). Use the "Pre-test" to identify your weaknesses in the chosen category.
You should perform the exercises without reviewing the grammar. This allows you to identify the
categories and themes on which to focus your grammatical revision.
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d)
Choose a section
After selecting a lesson, you are able to see every section. The "Review Test" tests the content from
the studied lesson (only in the English language course), and is accessible in the top right-hand side of
the screen. We advise you to take the review test after you have studied each part of the lesson. The
review test evaluates what you have learnt in a particular lesson.
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e)
Rules and exercises
Enter a section by clicking its title. You then see the grammatical rules and can access exercises by
clicking on the grey numbers in the header line just below the menu tab. The rules can be viewed by
clicking the (
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) icon. Download these rules by clicking on the icon for the MS Word or PDF files.
f)
Post-test (only available in the English and Dutch courses)
The “Post-test” is to check whether the grammatical content has been learnt. The result of this posttest indicates whether you are ready to move on. The post-test focuses on the new knowledge you
have learnt in a given category (e.g. verb, noun, etc.). The review test allows you to check your
knowledge of a particular lesson (e.g. the “present tense”, “possessives”, etc.)
C
"Pronunciation" module (only available in the English course)
The “Pronunciation” module is to learn how to pronounce English vowels, consonants, and
diphthongs. Each sound has an example with its phonetic transcription. Learn to use the English
phonetics and also hear the correct pronunciation of the word. We suggest you watch the videos and
try to reproduce the sounds and words.
This module is not the same as the pronunciation exercises available in the vocabulary module for all
languages. The pronunciation module doesn’t have voice recognition, while the pronunciation
exercises in the vocabulary module do. The purpose of this module is to learn the English phonetic
sounds besides the pronunciation of words and sounds in English.
This module is available for beginner (A1) to intermediate (B2) levels.
With the functionality on the right-hand side of the video you can move forward/backward and
pause the animation. You can also activate/deactivate the sound of the animation by clicking on the
speaker/audio icon. Subtitles are also available in the learning language.
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D
“Argumentation” module
a)
Presentation
The "Argumentation” module is a video course designed to teach you how to express your ideas and
develop a convincing argument.
All situations are focused on real-life examples where you learn common expressions used by native
speakers who speak about specific topics such as work, marriage, politics, recreation, etc.
This module is available from Intermediate (B1) to Advanced (C1) levels.
The doughnut chart allows you to see your overall progress in every lesson. It turns green or red
according to the number of activities you have done as well as the results you achieved in the
exercises. When a lesson includes a summary test or a review test, completion of this test fills a
larger portion of the doughnut chart. In each lesson a horizontal line is present to show you a
detailed overview of your results.
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b)
Choosing and studying a lesson
Once you select a topic, you can play the video.
We recommend that you:
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Watch the video
This phase is the core of your learning. Listen to the voices of native speakers, immersing
yourself and choose your own preferred learning style: continuous or sequential monitoring,
with or without subtitles. Each time you click on new words or expressions, a flash card pops
up including the meaning, pronunciation as well as some more details. You can move
forward/backward and pause through the animation. You can click on the speaker/audio icon
to activate/deactivate the sound. An additional functionality is available in this module: you
can add the outline of the argumentation by clicking on this icon:
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Look up the vocabulary
Click on "Vocabulary List" to view a list of key words, as well as their definitions. This
vocabulary list is the same as the vocabulary lessons with identical functionality.
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Check your understanding
Click on "Exercises" to attempt comprehension and vocabulary exercises relating to the video
that you have just watched.
•
Express yourself, regarding the subject
Click on "Follow-up" for more possibilities to practise the words and phrases from the lesson.
This section of the module is meant for teachers and groups of learners to start debates and
discussions on the subjects covered. An individual learner can also use it to write or talk
about the subjects by using words and expressions learnt in this module.
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2.4.2 "Professions" section
A professional vocabulary module is available in the "Professions" section. There are four modules
for the English course with functions similar to those of the other modules. The “Professions”
module is intended for learners with a minimum B1 level. The “Banking” module is only available in
the English course for B1 learners. The “Meetings” module is available for B1/B2 levels. Finally, the
“Job Courses” and “Correspondence” modules are available for learners with a level ranging from B1
to C1.
A
Banking (only available in the English course, B1)
Structured around six thematic lessons, this module focuses on the banking sector and teaches you
how to handle common situations that you might encounter. This course is currently available for
English only, but will soon be available in other languages.
You can access this course via the main menu by clicking on "Language courses" and then on
"Banking".
These lessons help you to quickly learn the vocabulary and key phrases relevant to opening a bank
account, requesting a credit card, getting financial advice, etc.
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The teaching outline for each lesson includes an animated vignette with comprehension exercises
and dictation and spelling exercises.
B
Meetings (B1/B2)
This course focuses on language skills for meetings and negotiations in a professional context. The
emphasis is on learning the vocabulary necessary to communicate effectively in this context, as well
as improving your listening comprehension skills.
This course is accessible via the main menu, by clicking on "Language courses" and then, in the
second part of the menu, on "Meetings". This section is available from Intermediate (B1) to Upper
Intermediate (B2) levels.
The teaching outline is identical to that of the vocabulary module; therefore you quickly find your
way.
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C
Job Courses (B1/C1)
"Job courses", available in all languages, allow you to study the vocabulary necessary for a
profession. Access "Language Courses" by clicking on it and in the second part of the menu, click on
"Job Courses". This section is available from Intermediate (B1) to Advanced (C1) levels.
In each category (25 in total) there are 50 words and 20 phrases related to the selected job or
professional sector. Expressions are illustrated via an animated video. Words are grouped in a list
that you can study and print.
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D
Correspondence (B1/C1)
Our online business writing section is a tool that assists in writing professional documents (e.g. reply
to a request for information, payment reminder, reservation for a hotel, job application, etc.).
If you need to write professional documents, commercial correspondence is a useful database where
you are able to find the appropriate words and expressions or different professional contexts.
The contents are accessible via the table of contents and the index of keywords.
This section is available from Intermediate (B1) to Advanced (C1) levels.
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3 Forum
3.1 Introduction
The "Forum" tab provides a forum through which to exchange ideas with other learners and
participants of mobility programmes, on specific and varied subjects. Dare to take the plunge: natural
use of the language is essential for learning.
You can ask questions on the Forum to the Erasmus+ OLS tutors. So that the whole Erasmus+ OLS
community can take advantage of your questions and the answers given, everyone is invited to ask
their questions in the language they are learning (or in English for level A).
3.2 How to use it
3.2.1 Access the forum
You can access the forums by clicking on “Forum” on the main page of the OLS.
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3.2.2 Post a discussion
Once you access the forum, there are a variety of categories that you can navigate to and discuss
with others on. Simply click on the different topics to enter that section.
You can either click on an existing topic to contribute to the discussion by adding a comment or if an
existing discussion does not exist you can create another topic by clicking “Start a New Discussion”
on the right hand side of the page.
You can post a new discussion by labelling a “Discussion Title” for the theme of your discussion. You
can change the “Category” you post in by clicking the dropdown box and then write your post by
writing in the box below.
Make sure you click “Post Discussion” when you have finished your message. You can also click
“Preview” to check your post and see how it looks before you publish it.
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3.2.3 Read messages
You are able to read messages on the forum by clicking on the “Discussions“ tab.
After you have clicked on this tab, you can see the list of discussions currently taking place on the
Forums.
You can see the title of the discussion, how many comments have been left on the discussion, the
location of the discussion and also who has left the most recent comment and when. Finally, the use
of a yellow background indicates a discussion that you have started. The use of a white background
indicates a discussion that you haven’t started.
Alternatively, you can visit all the discussions you have participated in by clicking on “My
Discussions“.
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After you click on this link, you are able to see all the discussions that you have started.
After clicking on a thread you can see the individual comments that people have made.
3.2.4 Post a comment
You are able to post comments on existing discussions by clicking on an existing discussion.
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After clicking on the discussion, you are able to read the comments that people have made. Scroll to
the bottom on the page to reach the “Write Comment” section. You can type your comment in the
box below where it says “Write Comment”.
After you have typed a comment, you can preview your message by clicking “Preview” in the top
right corner of the “Write Comment” box.
Your preview screen shows what your final message looks like before you are ready to post it.
Click “Write Comment” again to go back to the editing mode.
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After you have typed your message, publish it on the discussion by clicking “Post Comment”, this
adds what you just posted to the whole discussion.
If you decide that you don’t want to write a message, you can always click “Back to Discussions” to
return to the “Discussions” page.
3.3 My profile
You are able to modify your profile by clicking on “My profile”.
On the “My profile” page, you access some options such as “Change My Picture”, “Edit My Account”
and also change “My Preferences”. In the middle of the page you can click on “Notifications”,
“Discussions”, and “Comments” to immediately go to any conversations that you are currently part
of. Finally, the box in the bottom left corner “About”, gives you some additional information about
the kind of account you have.
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3.3.1 Change My Picture
When you click on “Change My Picture” you can select a few avatars available to you to personalise
your account:
After you have chosen a picture, click “Save”. If you wish to have no picture for your avatar, click
“Deselect Picture”.
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3.3.2 My Preferences
You can click on “My Preferences” to change your notification settings on the Forums. If you wish to
be notified more often when you are included in a conversation, you might want to change your
preferences in this section.
Choose the settings that you prefer and then click “Save Preferences” to store your settings.
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4 "News" Module
4.1 Purpose of the News module
The last available module on the menu bar is the "News" module. The module uses videos and
articles from around the world. This module is updated on a weekly basis (or daily, in the case of the
English language course). You can also browse the news articles and click on the underlined words
for a definition or translation. The "News" tab offers an interesting and efficient way to learn a
language. Training becomes less monotonous with texts and videos changing daily or weekly.
4.2 Structure
The “News” module is divided into articles and videos. A new video and article are published every
day in English. For the other languages (German, Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch) a new article
and a new video are published once a week. You can access these by clicking on “article of the day”/
“article of the week” or “video of the day”/ “video of the week”. You can go through all the articles
and videos ever published in all languages by clicking on “All articles” and/or “All videos” (except for
Dutch for which no archive of articles/videos is yet available).
4.3 How does it work?
The “News" section in all languages (except for Dutch) is archived thematically. After clicking on “All
articles” or “All videos”, you can select an article or a video either in the “latest” or “categories”
options. Use the “search” tool to look for an article with key words.
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4.3.1 Articles
Once you have chosen an article, several vertical sidebar options help you go through the article.
The “Dictionary” button informs you that you can click on a word in the article to get its definition.
The “Quiz” button allows you to take a quiz related to the article and thus test your understanding.
Click on the “Highlight” button to highlight the article on the page.
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4.3.2 Videos
You can also view a video with subtitles in the learning language. Click on the words in the subtitles
for their meaning. For both articles and videos, you can test your comprehension by taking a quiz.
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5 Live coaching
5.1 Introduction
5.1.1 General introduction
We now explore the live coaching. By clicking on the “Live Coaching” section you can access the Visio
Dashboard, where you can register for planned live coaching (MOOCs and tutoring sessions).
The objective of the live coaching is to facilitate your training so you can reach your learning goals.
The tutoring sessions are held by tutors who give you the support you need. Tutors are native
speakers with a strong background in language training.
There is access to two different kinds of live coaching: MOOCs and tutoring sessions.
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MOOCs are ½ hour classes aimed at specific subjects. Tutors provide you with further
information about that subject during the ½ hour video. If you have any questions, you can
use the chat during the session to ask your tutor, and also chat with other participants who
are attending the session.
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Tutoring sessions give you the opportunity to interact with a tutor within a group that can be
up to six participants.
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5.1.2 MOOCs
A
Objective
Once a week, a 30-minute MOOC is broadcasted on the Online Linguistic Support platform per
language. Each class is aimed at a specific subject, such as “Flat hunting”, or “Daily routines”. The
broadcast lessons alternate in level, for example: Level A, then Level B, and then C. The themes of
the classes are announced every week on the Home page.
The themes of three classes out of every four are chosen by tutors, depending on the subjects that
are being discussed on the forums, and according to the language courses. You have the possibility of
choosing one theme out of four: the tutor creates a poll on the Forum and the most popular theme is
selected.
B
Organisation
You can attend as many MOOCs as you wish to, as long as you are registered. No credits are
necessary to register for a MOOC.
During the class, you have the possibility to chat with your tutor, as well as with the other
participants in the class, so you can ask for a further explanation about a topic, or for the explanation
of a particular expression.
At the end of every class, a webography (a bibliography published on the internet) is made available
so you can learn more about the subject presented during the class and further develop your
language skills.
5.1.3 Tutoring sessions
A
Objective
Tutoring sessions give you the opportunity to interact with a tutor, in a group of up to six
participants. They provide you with support to continue your learning path. The tutor helps you feel
more confident about speaking, answers your questions, and gives you supportive feedback.
Tutoring sessions are also an opportunity to get to know other participants in the Erasmus+
programme, so you can share experiences and make new contacts with other learners.
You can choose between the following sessions:
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Thematic sessions: the tutor chooses the theme of the session; or
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“Free” sessions: at the beginning of the class participants decide on the theme of the
session.
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B
Organisation
Tutoring sessions are 30 minutes long and are organised for groups of up to 6 participants. The
number of tutoring sessions you can attend depends on the duration of your mobility programme.
You need one credit to attend a 30-minute tutoring session. You are granted “credits” which allow
you to register for tutoring sessions. The amount of credits you are granted is based on the number
of weeks of your mobility programme. Two weeks of mobility give you one credit, which you can use
as you wish to: for example, every day for one week or perhaps, once every two weeks, etc.
The sessions are organised by language and by level (A, B and C), between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (UTC+1;
UTC+2 European Daylight Savings Time). You need to register at least 24 hours before the class
begins.
5.2 Registering for Live coaching classes
5.2.1 Introduction
In order to attend a tutoring session, you need to be registered. To do so, click on “Live Coaching” on
the Home page.
You can access the dashboard, where you can see all the upcoming tutoring sessions (and MOOCs).
You have the possibility of filtering the courses by date, hour, teacher, theme, remaining places and
level.
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Once you have found the course you are interested in, click on“Register".
Please note that once you are registered for a class it is not possible to cancel.
Once
you
are
registered
the
course
appears
in
“Planned
course”:
5.2.2 MOOCs
There is no limit to the number of participants attending a MOOC. You don’t need credits to attend a
MOOC. Feel free to attend as many sessions as you wish!
You need to be registered to attend a session.
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5.2.3 Tutoring sessions
Tutoring sessions can be attended by up to six participants. You can check on the dashboard whether
the class you’re interested in has any available remaining places or not. You can register up to 24
hours before the class. But the best way to guarantee your spot is to register as soon as possible!
Therefore we advise you to check regularly when the upcoming tutoring sessions take place.
5.3 Classroom
5.3.1 Accessing the classroom
Access to the classroom is possible 10 minutes before the session begins. To do so, click on “Access
to classroom”.
5.3.2 MOOCs
Once you access the classroom, you are able to watch the MOOC. Once you have joined the session
the video begins automatically at the scheduled time. The video begins playing on the left hand side
of the screen.
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You see the chat box in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. In this box, you can see the name
of the tutor just above the list of participants during the MOOC. Knowing who the tutor is can be
helpful so that you know who is supposed to help answer questions in any MOOC session. You can
also see the total number of participants in the MOOC anytime on the bottom right hand side of the
box.
On the right side of the page, you are able to see chat messages from the participants of the MOOC.
You are able to contribute to this discussion by clicking on the chat field and pressing enter or clicking
“Send” when you have written your message.
The messages should always be in the language of the MOOC taking place. For example, if the lesson
is in English, the discussion is then in English too. It’s a good idea to participate in these discussions
as the best way to learn is by immersing yourself in the language!
5.3.3 Tutoring sessions
For following tutoring sessions Adobe Flash is needed. Before accessing the tutoring sessions, the
system automatically checks if Adobe Flash is installed on your computer and you will be notified
should your computer not meet this requirement.
Once you access the classroom, you are able to participate in the tutoring session. Tutoring sessions
have a number of features available. When you connect to the platform, an image similar to the
following is seen:
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A
Interactive Document Presentation
The part of the screen immediately seen is the Interactive Document Presentation. The Interactive
Document Presentation is where the tutor displays and features any exercises or information for the
lesson.
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At the top of the screen, you can see the name of the document, the page number and the current
owner of the document (the person who uploaded it). Further on the top right-hand side you can see
who you are logged in as and a link so that you can “Logout”.
While looking at a document, you can scroll up and down to look at the document on the Interactive
Document Presentation. If the tutor changes the page forward or backward, you automatically
change pages as well.
B
Conference Room
At the top left-hand side of the screen you can see the section Conference Room. In this section you
are able to navigate between the main presentation by clicking on the Presentation link, and the
Document repository.
The Presentation is the main part of the tutoring session, and where documents are displayed. The
Document repository is a section to view and download additional files related to the lesson.
C
Video
Under the section for Conference Room, is the video for the person you have chosen to display.
When first joining a tutoring session, you need to confirm the security settings of the video tool in
order for other users to be able to see (via the video) and/or hear (via the microphone) you.
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Click on ‘Allow’ on the security settings to enable the video and audio functionalities. After you have
clicked on ‘Allow’, it is recommended that you right click on the video and enter the settings.
In the second tab or ‘Privacy’ tab in the Adobe Flash Player Settings, click on ‘Allow’, check the box
‘Remember’ and then click on ‘Close’. This remembers your settings for this tutoring session and
future tutoring sessions.
D
Real-time chat
In this window you are able to communicate with the other participants in the tutoring session by
text. You can type in the chat window and then press enter or click ‘Post’ to send your message.
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Other messages may appear in the Real-time Chat window when important events occur, such as
participants joining the tutoring session, the tutor uploading a document, or when the tutor gives
control on the presentation to a participant.
E
Participants
In the bottom left-hand corner of the screen is the list of participants in the tutoring session.
The number of participants registered for the session is indicated by the number next to Participants,
the names of the users are then listed in the first column to the left. The next column shows whether
they are the “creator” (the tutor) or “guest” (the participants). The following column indicates
whether the participant is in the tutoring session by a “Yes”, or a “No” if the participant has not yet
joined. The camera symbol (
) indicates that the participant has video available or not. You can
choose to display the participant as the focus on the screen by clicking on the
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.
F
Document repository
The Document Repository is a section of tutoring sessions where the tutor or other participants can
upload documents that are related or helpful to the lesson. You can access this area of the tutoring
sessions by clicking on Document Repository on the top left-hand side of the screen.
When you enter the Document repository, you can upload a file by clicking Choose file next to Upload
new file at the top. Navigate to the file on your computer and then click on Upload in the top righthand corner of the screen.
An uploaded file appears in the list and you are then able to download this file by clicking on the blue
hyperlink (Download). Other participants can see and download this file as well. If you ever want to
remove the file from the Document repository, select the bubble on the left of the file in the list and
then click Remove just above.
You can return to the main presentation page by simply clicking on Presentation at the top left-hand
side under Conference Room.
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6 Learning tips
 Download your programme on the Home page to get the program that suits your level.
 Download the analysis of your needs, according to your status and mobility duration, on the
Home page.
 Work a minimum of 2 hours a week on the Erasmus+ OLS language courses in order to see
real progress.
 Immerse yourself in the language: read newspapers, listen to the radio, and watch TV or
videos on the Internet in the language you are learning.
7 Record of participation in the language course
After completing the second language assessment at the end of your mobility period, you receive an
email containing a PDF file with your Record of Participation for having followed the OLS language
course. Please be aware that this Record of Participation is not available on the OLS, therefore,
please take the time to save the PDF file and do not delete this email. This record specifies the
number of hours that you have spent on your Erasmus+ OLS language course. Please note, only full
hours spent on the OLS course platform are counted. For example, if you have spent only 30 minutes
on the OLS course platform, a total of “0 hours” is indicated on your record.
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8 Useful information
8.1 What is the CEFR?
“The result of over twenty years of research, the Common European Framework of Reference for
Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) is exactly what its title says: a framework of
reference. It was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the
elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning
materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is used in Europe but also in other
continents and is now available in 39 languages” 2.
“The CEFR describes foreign language proficiency at six levels: A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2. It
also defines three ‘plus’ levels (A2+, B1+, B2+). Based on empirical research and widespread
consultation, this scheme makes it possible to compare tests and examinations across languages and
national boundaries. It also provides a basis for recognising language qualifications and thus
facilitating educational and occupational mobility” 3.
For more information about the CEFR levels, go to:
https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/resources/european-language-levels-cefr
The description of the levels is available on the OLS language course Home page. You can access it by
clicking on the question mark pictogram
in the menu bar and by selecting “Level descriptions”.
8.2 Where can you find the user guide?
You can access the user guide by clicking on the question mark pictogram
in the menu bar or by
clicking on the “Help” section on the Home page and by selecting “User guide”.
8.3 Helpdesk
If you encounter problems, contact our support service by clicking on “Report a problem”:
2
3
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•
•
Through the
pictogram in the menu bar
Through the “Help” section on the Home page
•
At the bottom of each page on the Erasmus+ OLS language courses:
http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/cadre1_en.asp
Ibid.
9 Data protection
9.1 Disclaimer
The Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support (OLS) is a service financed by the European Commission
within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme.
Altissia, on behalf of the project Consortium (Centre de Langues, Université Catholique de Louvain
and Altissia International S.A.), maintains this website to promote its initiatives to the public. The
material on this website is for information and learning purposes only.
The Consortium’s goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our
attention, we will try to correct them.
The contents of the language assessments, courses and all related areas accessible to Erasmus+
mobility participants are the sole responsibility of the Consortium and can in no way be taken to
reflect the views of the European Commission and the Executive Agency on Education, Audiovisual
and Culture (EACEA).
The restricted area of the licence management system concerning National Agencies and Erasmus+
sending institutions/organisations is fed with data extracted from the European Commission’s IT
tools and is subject to modifications by them. This data is covered by the legal basis of Directive
95/46 and Regulation 45/2001.
This information is:
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•
•
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of a general nature only and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any
particular individual or entity;
not necessarily comprehensive, accurate, complete or up to date;
sometimes linked to external sites over which Altissia, on behalf of the Consortium, has no
control and for which Altissia, on behalf of the Consortium, assumes no responsibility;
not professional or legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a
suitably qualified professional).
Altissa, on behalf of the Consortium, reserves the right, under direct instruction by the EACEA, to
suspend, change, modify, add or remove portions of the website at any time.
This disclaimer is not intended to limit the liability of Altissia, on behalf of the Consortium, in
contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national law, nor to exclude its liability for
matters which may not be excluded under that law.
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Liability for content
Although the webmaster is very careful in creating and updating this website, they cannot guarantee
the accuracy of the information. The information contained in this site may be subject to change
without notice. The webmaster is not liable for any omission or error in its pages nor for any
consequences arising from the use of the provided information and instruction.
Incoming and outgoing hyperlinks
The implementation of hyperlinks within the site to other sites, and generally towards all existing
resources on the internet, is not the responsibility of the author of http://erasmusplusols.eu.
Similarly, other websites with a hyperlink to this site are not the author’s responsibility; therefore
they decline any liability for their content.
If you would like to link to the site http://erasmusplusols.eu, you must contact the author of the site
in advance.
9.2 Privacy statement
The following statement explains our policy regarding the personal information we collect about you.
Overview
The Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support (hereinafter “OLS”) is an initiative of the European Union. It
is part of Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. It is steered
by the European Commission and implemented by its Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual
and Culture (hereinafter the “EACEA”).
The OLS is dedicated to respecting the privacy of its users. It provides a secure and safe environment
for participants of mobility programmes to learn foreign languages. The following statement outlines
the policies by which the OLS collects, manages and uses the data provided by its users.
As the OLS – which encompasses the licence management tool, the language assessment, as well as
the language courses – collects and further processes personal data, it is subject to Regulation (EC)
no. 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 18 December 2000, on the protection
of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the European Community institutions
and bodies and on the free movement of such data (OJ L8 of 12.1.2001, p. 1).
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The various tools present on the OLS allow users to submit information in order to participate in OLS
activities. When registering online and submitting other information, the data is collected and further
processed for the purposes detailed hereafter under point 1. The relevant processing operations
thereof fall under the responsibility of the Data Controller, who is the Head of Unit A1 – Erasmus+:
Schools, Prospective Initiatives, Programme Coordination at the EACEA (see point 6 below for contact
information).
9.2.1 What personal information do we collect, and for what
purpose?
(a) Information relating to mobility participants:
The European Commission’s DG EAC transmits to the EACEA your e-mail address. The following
information may then be collected directly from you by the EACEA.
Registrant data: last name, first name, gender, contact e-mail, nationality, year of birth, mother
tongue, type of mobility, language to test, country of destination, estimated start of the mobility
period, sending institution, period of mobility, time zone, estimated end of the mobility period. All
mandatory data.
The European Commission, the EACEA and Altissia (on behalf of the Consortium) are not liable for
any information or documents uploaded by third parties.
Results of language assessments and courses.
Other optional data submitted by participants of mobility programmes on the OLS (e.g., messages in
forums, online discussions and threads, files and pictures). Not providing any optional data will not
put the participants at a disadvantaged position.
(b) Information relating to National Agencies and Erasmus+ sending institutions/organisations is
provided by the DG EAC to the EACEA:
Institutional data: Project number, PIC number, project name, project start date, project end date,
project contact person, project contact telephone number, contact project e-mail, number of
licences for language assessments and number of licences for language courses.
(c) Purpose of the processing:
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Participants in Erasmus+ mobility programmes have to assess their language competence both
before and after their stay abroad. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to take online
language courses. The data processing OLS tool is necessary in order to provide these services.
In particular, the storage, processing and displaying of data is necessary to:
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enable the OLS to function;
•
allow OLS registrants to communicate and collaborate in the spirit of mutual trust and
respect;
•
extract aggregate data for statistical purposes.
Aggregated statistics are collected regularly, including, but not limited to, the results of the language
assessment.
Aggregated data of mobility participants may be used only for the purpose of carrying out analysis,
monitoring and information sharing by National Agencies, the EACEA and the European
Commission. Altissia, on behalf of the consortium, cannot use and/or exploit any of the data without
specific authorisation.
In an effort to maximise user experience, the OLS may keep track of user frequency, habits,
preferences and settings.
9.2.2 Who has access to your information and to whom is it
disclosed?
Personal data will never be used for marketing purposes.
For the purposes detailed above, access to data is strictly limited to:
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The European Commission, the EACEA and National Agencies: aggregate data only.
•
Service provider Altissia that acts on behalf and under the instructions of the EACEA: full set
of data.
•
Data related to individual participants of mobility programmes is accessible to their sending
institution/organisation, which has access to the backend licence management system OLS
and which can then decide on its use.
•
For EVS volunteers, the results will not be communicated to the other organisation(s) in the
project.
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Whenever possible, data will be processed in an anonymous manner, especially if transferred to
third-parties for research purposes.
Other data submitted by mobility participants on the OLS (e.g., messages in forums, online
discussions and threads, files and pictures) are only visible to other registered users related to the
area of the platform where they have been uploaded. However, the administrator of such areas may
decide to make part of the data publicly available. In this case, the registrant has the right to delete
the information concerning him/herself.
9.2.3 How do we protect and safeguard your information?
The collected personal data and all related information are stored on secured servers of the service
provider (Altissia) for the duration of the contract with the Consortium.
The operations of the service provider’s computer centres contractually abide by the European
Commission’s security directives and provisions established by the Directorate of Security for these
kinds of servers and services. The standard security measures exist for the site hosting the Altissia
servers, i.e. the most recently patched and updated operating system and software, antivirus
protection, firewall, regular security auditing and network security scans, applied IT security policy,
vulnerability testing and intrusion detection system.
9.2.4 How can you verify and rectify your information?
To exercise your rights, such as the right of access and rectification of inaccurate or incomplete
personal data, you may do this yourself online. You may also contact the Controller (see below under
10.2.6).
9.2.5 How long do we keep your data?
Data related to statistics and research purposes is kept for the entire duration of the OLS. At the end
of the contract, the Consortium will hand over all information and data to the EACEA and will not
keep a copy of confidential information, documents and personal data in any format.
In case the mobility participant profiles are automatically deactivated or deleted, no data will be
visible to other OLS users. Data will be kept only in an anonymous form that does not allow for
personal identification. If users with a deactivated or deleted profile want to continue using the
platform (i.e. in case of another mobility programme), they will need to register again. The data
remain solely for research and monitoring purposes at the disposal of the EACEA, the European
Commission, NAs and Erasmus+ sending institutions/organisations, Altissia, on behalf of the
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Consortium, and other third-parties under the authorisation of the Data Controller in an aggregated
format.
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9.2.6 Contact information
The data processing operations fall under the responsibility of the Data Controller:
Head of Unit A1 – Erasmus+: Schools, Prospective Initiatives, Programme Coordination
Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture
Office: BOU2 01/017
Avenue du Bourget 1
1049 Brussels
Belgium
For any questions on your rights and the exercise of your rights related to the processing of personal
data (like access and rectification of your personal data), please feel free to contact the Controller of
the OLS at this address: EACEA-EPLUS-OLS@ec.europa.eu
9.2.7 Recourse
In case of conflict on any Personal Data Protection issue, you can contact the Controller at the abovementioned address and functional mailbox. You can also contact the EACEA’s Data Protection Officer
at the following e-mail address: eacea-data-protection@ec.europa.eu.
Should the conflict not be resolved by the Controller or the Data Protection Officer you may lodge a
complaint with the European Data Protection Supervisor at any time:
Website – http://www.edps.europa.eu;
Email – edps@edps.europa.eu.
9.2.8 Legal basis
The main legal basis for the processing of personal data is:
(a) Article 4 of Commission Decision 2009/336/EC of 20 April 2009 setting up the Education,
Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency for the management of European Community action in the
fields of education, audiovisual and culture in application of Council Regulation (EC) No. 58/2003 (OJ
L 101 of 21.4.2009, p. 21);
(b) Article 5 (e) of the ‘Erasmus+’: the European Union programme for education, training, youth and
sport established by Regulation (EU) No. 1288/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of
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11 December 2013 and repealing Decisions No. 1719/2006/EC, No. 1720/2006/EC and No.
1298/2008/EC (OJ L 347 of 20.12.2013, pp. 50–73).
9.3 Copyright
Copyright Notice
The http://erasmusplusols.eu site is protected by copyright. Text, images and other elements of the
site are protected by copyright. Any copy, adaptation, translation, agreement, public communication,
rental and other utilization of all or part of this site in any form and by any means, electronic,
mechanical or otherwise, conducted for profit or in a private setting, is strictly prohibited without
prior approval of the Consortium. Any copyright infringement will result in civil or criminal
prosecution.
Assessment tests, language courses, and web layout graphics are the property of the Consortium.
Copyright
on
system
data
concerning
National
Agencies,
Erasmus+
sending
institutions/organisations, mobility participants and aggregated statistics rests with the European
Union.
Any dispute relating to the site http://erasmusplusols.eu will be governed exclusively by Belgian law.
The Courts of Brussels will have sole jurisdiction in any dispute.
Trademarks and trade name
Erasmus+ is a registered trademark of the European Union. The logos, web banners and signs used
on this site are legally protected. Any use of these or similar names is strictly prohibited without prior
written consent.
9.4 Contact
You can contact the site owner by e-mail via the contact form on the website or at its head office via
the following address:
CLL, Place de l’Université 25 – 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve – Belgium
You can contact the web provider at their headquarters:
OVH, 2 rue Kellermann – 59100 Roubaix – France
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9.5 Cookies
To make this site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device.
Most big websites do this too.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit
the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language,
font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you do not have to keep re-entering
them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.
How do we use cookies?
Some elements and videos embedded in our pages use a cookie to anonymously gather statistics on
how you got there and what videos you visited.
Enabling these cookies is not strictly necessary for the website to work but it will provide you with a
better browsing experience. You can delete or block these cookies, but if you do so then some
features of this site may not work as intended.
The cookie-related information is not used to identify you personally and the pattern data is fully
under our control. These cookies are not used for any purpose other than that described herein.
How to control cookies?
You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete
all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from
being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences each time
you visit a site and some services and functionality may not work.
9.6 OLS Code of Conduct
By registering on the OLS you agree with the basic principle that the OLS is a community of mobility
participants based on trust and cooperation.
It is strictly prohibited to use the OLS for commercial purposes. Any company, initiative, event or
software with a commercial intent will be removed.
The OLS team cares about the mobility participants and will make sure that any abuse of the above
code of conduct is not tolerated.
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