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GENERAL QUESTIONS

Who can be a member of CercleS?

CercleS is a confederation of independent national associations. It brings together some 290 Language Centres, Departments, Institutes, Faculties or Schools in Higher Education whose main responsibility is the teaching of language.

How many members does CercleS have and where are they from?

Cercles has two different kinds of members: National Associations and Associate members. At present there are 12 National Associations and 14 associate members from 10 countries in Europe which bring together some 350 Language Centres, Departments, Institutes, Faculties or Schools in Higher Education whose main responsibility is the teaching of language.

How can I become a member of CercleS?

Inscription. To join CercleS contact either your national association or the General Secretariat at the address below.

 

CercleS General Secretariat. Heidi Rontu
Aalto University
Language Centre
PO Box 11130
00076 AALTO Finland
Tel. +358 50 307 7875
E-mail: generalsecretariat@cercles.org
Website: http://www.cercles.org

Which are the National Associations of CercleS?

  • ACLES (Spain)
  • AICLU (Italy)
  • AKS (Germany)
  • AULC (UK & Ireland)
  • CASALC (Czech & Slovak Republics)
  • FINELC (Finland)
  • NUT (Netherlands & Belgium)
  • RANACLES (France)
  • ReCLes.pt (Portugal)
  • SERMO (Poland)
  • SSH-CHES (Switzerland)
  • VUS (Austria).

Who are the associate members in CercleS?

  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Sweden

What does CercleS do?

CercleS organises a biannual conference and other seminars and workshops during each year. It publishes the work of its members in its own journal and on the CercleS website, it supports national conferences, seminars and workshops, facilitates staff training and exchanges between centres, promotes research into language teaching and learning and encourages international and interdisciplinary cooperation between language centres, especially through some 13 Focus Groups.

Where can I find previous Conference Proceedings?

Contact CercleS General Secretariat:generalsecretariat@cercles.org

Where can I find the CercleS journal?

Contact the publisher via this link: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cercles.

Is there an annual subscription?

Your National Association pays a subscription fee to CercleS according to its number of members.

What are the reasons for joining CercleS?

If you are a member of CercleS you will have the following benefits:
  • online access to our journal, Language Learning in Higher Education;
  • reduced fees for the biennial CercleS Conferences,
  • reduced fees for seminars and workshops organized by CercleS members,
  • scholarship covering participation in CercleS Conference
  • participation in the CercleS Focus Groups;
  • information on events and interesting publications, job announcements etc. on web page with login access only for CercleS members;
  • networking and cooperation with national organizations within CercleS

Which are the governing bodies in CercleS?

The organisation of CercleS is based on three pillars:
  • The General Meeting, which meets at least every two years, with the following duties:
    • determine the overall policy of the Association
    • ratify the election of the President
    • approve standing orders and reports of the President, Secretary and the Treasurer
    • determine the strategy by for CercleS plans for action.
  • The Co-ordinating Committee, whose duties are:
    • direct the actions of the Executive Committee
    • supervise the latter’s administrative activities
    • approve accounts and annual budget
    • draw up proposals or amendments for standing orders for submission to the General Meeting
  • The Executive Committee with the following duties:
  • Manage the day-to-day running of the organization
  • Represent the organisation with respect to other associations

Who takes part in the General Meeting?

The Co-ordinating Committee consists of the Chairpersons of all Full Members and additional representatives selected by Full Members in proportion to the size of their membership. It also includes the President, Secretary General and Treasurer of CercleS and their deputies.

Who takes part in the Co-ordinating Committee?

The Co-ordinating Committee consists of the Chairpersons of all Full Members and additional representatives selected by Full Members in proportion to the size of their membership. It also includes the President, Secretary General and Treasurer of CercleS and their deputies.

Who takes part in the Executive Committee?

The Executive Committee of CercleS comprises its President, Secretary General, Treasurer and their respective deputies.

What is a Focus group?

A Focus group involves organised discussion with a selected group of individuals interested in the same area. Its aims are the following:
  • create synergies
  • stimulate networking
  • encourage project activities
  • promote workshops & seminars
  • prepare publications
We have the following Focus Groups so far:
  • FG1 Language policy
  • FG2 Management of University Language Centres
  • FG3 Teacher Training, Teacher Education, Staff Exchange
  • FG4 Innovation
  • FG5 Language Testing & Assessment
  • FG6 ELP/CEFR
  • FG7 Less widely spoken & less widely taught languages
  • FG8 Conference & Events Management
  • FG9 Translation
  • FG10 Associate Members
  • FG11 CercleS Focus Group on Multilingualism
  • FG12 CercleS Focus Group on Autonomy
Read more about the activities of the Focus Groups here.

If you are interested in joining a CercleS Focus Group or in setting up a new Focus Group, please contact the General Secretariat at info@cercles.org
We look forward to working together with all those who have the same
Language Education interests and concerns as we do.
CercleS President

CercleS Members

Presidency
General Secretariat

Get in touch with us

Presidency:

Poznan University of Technology
Center of Languages and Communication
Piotrowo 3A Street
60-965 Poznań
Tel. +48 61 66 52 491, 66 52 492
e-mail: president@cercles.org

General Secretariat:

Aalto University
Language Centre
PO Box 11130
00076 AALTO Finland
Tel. +358 50 307 7875
e-mail: generalsecretariat@cercles.org