CercleS in brief

Founded in Strasbourg in 1991, CercleS is a confederation of independent associations from 22 countries in Europe.


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It brings together some 350 Language Centres, Departments, Institutes, Faculties or Schools in Higher Education whose main responsibility is the teaching of language.  Its members have several thousand academic, administrative and technical staff, and some 250,000 students who learn all the world's main languages. CercleS is committed to the highest possible standards in language education and research.  

To support language centres in European establishments of higher education, for the provision of language training backed up by appropriate technological and pedagogical resources.

To promote research in foreign language learning at international level.

To encourage international and interdisciplinary cooperation between language centres in order to enable them to co-ordinate the pursuit of their objectives.



In order to achieve its aims CercleS organises conferences, distributes a regular printed Bulletin to all its members, runs electronic bulletin boards and publishes its conference proceedings. CercleS also facilitates:

  • staff training
  • staff exchanges between centres
  • research into language teaching and learning
  • observatories on technological developments
  • scholarly publication

 We look forward to working together with all those who have the same Language Education interests and concerns as we do. 

Gillian Mansfield - CercleS President


 European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education