Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

What is OLA?

OLA is our Online Language Assessment (OLA) recognition scheme. It replaces our Graded Objectives in Modern Languages (GOML/eGOML) recognition scheme.

This new scheme provides students with short-term language-learning goals and formally recognises their achievement in a range of increasingly demanding levels, from Entry 2 to Level 2.

For teachers, the OLA scheme retains many popular aspects of the old GOML/eGOML scheme, but it also introduces the following new features:

  • flexible, functional language content and grammatical structures;
  • alignment to the Northern Ireland Curriculum;
  • increased relevance, taking account of CILT language standards;
  • contexts in place of topics, to allow for expansion of language learned;
  • use of levels to report on learners’ achievements; and
  • self-assessment grids, which allow candidates to set attainable targets and track their own progress.

OLA offers four language pathways: French, Irish, German and Spanish.

The course is primarily directed at Key Stage 3 students but is also suitable as an enrichment course throughout the post-primary level.

OLA German

This course provides students with a sound basis for further study of their target language. It builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding that they’ve acquired at the initial stage of language learning and uses a series of short, manageable and clearly defined steps to help them reach the GCSE threshold.

By offering a series of short-term accessible goals, OLA enhances the student’s self-esteem and self-confidence, enabling them to be successful within the framework of a publicly recognised and accredited examinations system.