Welcome and Participant Information

Hello Erasmus+ alumnus or future Erasmus+ participant,
You are invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. This Participant Information Section tells you about the purpose, risks, and benefits of this research study. If you agree to take part, we will ask you to check the box at the end of this section, declaring that you consent to take part in the study. Please read this information carefully. You should only consent to participate in this study when you feel you understand what is being asked of you, and you have had enough time to think about your decision. If you have any questions please contact Dr Britta Jung at the HEA/Léargas.

What is the purpose of the survey? In December 2017 the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. launched Languages Connect, the government’s new Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education. The strategy sets out a road map to put Ireland in the top ten countries in Europe for the teaching and learning of foreign languages, through a number of measures targeted at improving proficiency, diversity and immersion. This survey is part of a larger study that aims to investigate the learning experience and impact of foreign languages on participants in all sectors of Erasmus+, i.e. Adult Education, Higher Education, School Education, Vocational Education and Training, and Youth. The study also assesses awareness and attitudes toward foreign languages in Ireland.
Who is behind the study? The study is conducted jointly by the Higher Education Authority and Léargas, who are the National Agencies for Erasmus+ in Ireland and operate under the auspices of the Department of Education and Skills.
Why have I been invited to participate in this survey? For the study to be effective, we need to gather experiences from people who have taken part in an Erasmus+ mobility experience or are planning to do so in the near future. There is no other specific criterion for participation. It is, however, important to stress that you do not need to be actually able to speak a foreign language in order to take part in the survey and study.
What does participation involve? Your participation is entirely voluntary. If you agree to participate you will be asked complete a standardised questionnaire relating to your learning experience and the impact of foreign languages on you in light of your participation in Erasmus+. The entire study contains 49 multiple choice questions and should be finished within 15 minutes.
Are there benefits from my participation? Studies like these not only help us to understand how foreign languages are experienced before, during, and after participating in Erasmus+ and impact participants’ lives, but can make an important contribution to the way governmental strategies are developed and funding is allocated. As such, the findings from this survey and the study as a whole may be presented at national and international conferences and may be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals. However, no individual participant will be identified in any publication or presentation; in fact, survey participants will not even be asked to give their names.
What will happen to the data I provide for the study? The study will act in accordance to the data protection act. No IP address will be collected/stored. The anonymous results of the survey may be stored for 5 years.</

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* 1. This survey is only for people who took part in an exchange/placement/traineeship abroad as part of the Erasmus+ programme or are planning to do so in the near future. Are you sure you’re in the target group of this survey?