(European Association for Quality Language Services) has
made a vital decision to grant full membership of EAQUALS to Odessa
Language Study Centre. The membership will be valid from January
2007 until December 2009.Full Member status means that OLSC meets
the criteria of EAQUALS in all areas: in the teaching activity,
staff management, premises, teaching and learning resources, advertising
and meeting national legal requirements.
EAQUALS is a Pan-European association which, for the benefit of students, clients and staff, aims to promote and safeguard quality in institutions teaching foreign languages in Europe. It was formally established in 1991 in Italy by the group of founder members which represented language schools in Italy, Spain, Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, and Switzerland. The British Council was also represented in the group. EAQUALS currently has about 45 member organizations from 10 countries of which 35 are full members.
The principles of EAQUALS were and remain the following:
The Association aims to improve the quality of language teaching and training in Europe for the benefit of the many thousands of language students who learn languages in institutions.
EAQUALS endorses and subscribes to the aims for European education policies in the modern language filed recommended by the Council of Europe's Project Group of 'Language Learning for European Citizenship (1989-96)':
- to facilitate the free movement of people and ideas across Europe;
- to increase mutual knowledge and understanding among all European people;
- to raise the level of European co-operation in quantity and quality;
- to combat or preferably preclude prejudice and intolerance towards peoples of different language and culture;
- to strengthen democratic structures and practices.
EAQUALS believes in honesty and fair-dealings for students and staff at its member institutions.
EAQAULS believes in transparency.
EAQUALS is an open Association: any school or institution which is providing language training services may be granted a full membership on condition that it is fully adherent to the to the Code of Practice and Charters through successful submitting itself to the inspection, which is repeated every three years, or more frequently if deemed to be necessary.