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A service agreement is required for the review of the online content of an e-learning platform teaching Arabic language

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A UK company has developed an innovative way of learning Arabic using an e-learning platform. The content of the language course needs to be reviewed and assessed against the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) standards to ensure it delivers its desired learning outcomes. A service agreement is seeked with an organisation specialised in online language learning who would act as their external advisory board.



The UK company has developed an online learning platform which allows learners of Arabic language to experience an innovative way of learning this language in a transformative and interactive way.

Having secure partnerships with reputable organisations internationally to provide the content of the course, the UK company is now looking at partnering with an organisation that can offer comments and a review of the content of the course against the CEFRL standards, in order to ensure that the course delivers its desired learning outcomes.
Because there is currently no equivalent or comparable offer on the market and to achieve its transformation from standard Arabic language learning to online delivery, the UK company needs expert support to ensure that its learning content can be officially referenced and reviewed against the internationally recognised CEFRL standards to ensure it delivers its desired learning outcomes. The UK company is therefore seeking a partnership with an organisation who will act as their external advisory board and provide quality assurance checks in the form of a service agreement.
CEFRL is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries. It was put together by the Council of Europe as the main part of the project "Language Learning for European Citizenship" between 1989 and 1996. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe. In November 2001, a European Union Council Resolution recommended the use of CEFR to set up systems of validation of language ability. There are six reference levels which are becoming widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual's language proficiency.

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The UK company’s unique selling point is that the online course content is derived from the input from academic experts specialised in Arabic language as opposed to other Arabic learning curriculum that lacks any standardised quality. The Moodle-type (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) content will include live conversation classes delivered on the platform. Currently it is difficult to find Arabic language teachers that are qualified or academically trained to deliver online learning. Teachers joining the platform will be trained by recognised partners and native speakers. The company has secured a partnership with a French organisation which has proven records in training 10,000 teachers over 10 years. It is currently planning to apply for EU funding in the near future (educational and youth related programmes). The platform will also aim to fulfil the need to train Arabic Language teachers online.

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Cooperation sought: 
The company is seeking the expertise of an organisation such as a university specialised in language learning, a consortium of language learning centres, an academy with credentials in online or distance learning language courses accreditation who will be reviewing the online language learning content against CEFRL standards. The requirements would be to help referencing the content of the course and revising the learning outcomes of the course to match CEFRL requirements.

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The partner is likely to be a university or distance learning educational body/ university with a range of language courses, ideally with an online content. Their role would be to provide external quality assurance and accreditation against the CEFRL standards. This could be offered as a joint partnership or consultancy service.