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IF YOU ARE A LEARNER

OpenEurope is your key to be successful. Are you are thinking of finding a job abroad but not sure how to start? Do you have skills and talents that are in demand in another county but you can’t speak the language? Then you have come to the right place!

OpenEurope is created to help people like you look for a job and learn a language. A team of experienced teachers and trainers have pulled their resources together to create online courses in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Latvian, Polish, and Turkish that not only teach you grammar and words, but specific, job-related linguistic skills to adapt to foreign work environment and cultural situations. There is a chat portal where you can interact with native speakers across the EU in order to practice your new language and learn specialized or local vocabulary to move your language skills to the next level. As a student, you also get access to an extensive library of study materials, the latest information on foreign labour legislation and links to employment agencies.

Take a minute to register on our website, so you could access other links where I explain in detail what OpenEurope has to offer. If it seems too much, it’s because we are serious about preparing you for the job market abroad with all the necessary language and intercultural skills. Yes, there is a lot to learn. But don’t expect it to be your typical learning. OpenEurope makes it a fun, fast-paced and engaging process. Have any questions? Send us a quick email either in English or a language of our partner country.

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“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Nelson Mandela

Courses

Our interactive 6-unit course is at the heart of the Project OpenEurope. Its goal is to build confidence and help you learn to communicate comfortably and meaningfully in different work situations. Each unit introduces you to new vocabulary and grammar in context of specific job requirements like replying to an email or getting instructions from your boss. Then you get to practice your language by doing reading, listening and writing exercises.

Each unit starts with Agenda, or a plan of what you need to learn, with a list of additional study materials from the Resource Library that supplement the information covered in the unit.

You get points for correct answers and completed exercises. High numbers, of course, are good indicators of your excellent progress. But don’t stop there. Keep working on your language skills and build confidence in using them. Our courses will show how you can do it in a fun and effective way.

Language tandem "Melting Pot"

This is the place where you communicate in the real world! Here you connect with native speakers of the language you are learning to practice both listening and speaking at the same time.

When can you start?

Language Tandem will be available in October 2015. If you already registered with OpenEurope and expressed your wish to participate in the Language Tandem, you will get an email notifying when you can start using this feature.

What do you need?

  • An online system for voice communication like Skype. Most of our students and teachers use it.
  • A microphone, a headset or other device that enables two-way conversation.

Chatting with other students in a relaxed and supporting environment is fun and effective way of learning a language. There is no homework or boring grammar books to study. Instead you practice what you already know and what you have learned.

How do you prepare for chat?

Our experienced instructions prepared conversational guidelines for you to follow during the practice. They consist of sample questions and possible answers based on the lessons you’ve already learned in the Courses. For example:

  • Tell your friend what your name is. How old you are. Where you are from.
  • Ask your friend his/her name. His/her age. Where they live.

Before you join a chat session, you can pick a topic of discussion and select a person among the online participants who are native speakers waiting to start a conversation in the language you are learning. You won’t have teachers to guide your session, but you’ll have a link to ask them questions.

As you will see, the conversations cover a large variety of topics that are meaningful and related to the courses you can take on OpenEurope platform. Don’t worry if sometimes you don’t catch a word or a phrase, or your sentences are not always grammatically correct. Your grammar will improve on its own with practice. Remember, it takes time to learn a language, so it's important to have fun, enjoy the process, and stay motivated.

Welcome to the Resource Library!

The online materials we offer here are written or reviewed by experienced language teachers, cultural specialists, and experts in the area of the international labour market. They include syllabi, online books, videos, articles, sample papers, etc. All information is organized by categories to help you find necessary materials within your courses.

Linguistic Competence More information

Learn or improve your foreign language by reading, listening and writing. Brush up your grammar and expand your vocabulary. Take advantage of self-study materials to supplement your knowledge and immerse more fully into a language.

The materials are available in all target languages with additional sections in English, German, and French.

Intercultural Competence More information

Get more insights about your target country. Learn about culture-specific concepts of communication and behaviour. Follow recommendations that will prepare you to live and work in another culture without too much discomfort.

All the information is available in English with links to the websites in target languages.

Employment Resources More information

Understand specific labour regulations in each partner country and how they apply to you. Browse through links to various employment agencies. Get useful tips on finding a job abroad.

All the information is available in English with links to the websites in target languages.

Feel free to use any materials you find in the library. We are proud to offer you such excellent resources. But remember that it’s your responsibility to make the most of them and learn!