Past Focus Groups


The CercleS ELP has become a widely successful and useful tool that is actively used in many CercleS member institutions. In September 2009 CercleS second ELP/CEFR Seminar took place in Padua and the third in Gronigen in 2011. Both received very positive feedback. The next step in our activities is the development of a downloadable version of the CercleS ELP in all languages as a pdf file as well to be completed online. CercleS will then look into the prospect of developing a true online version of the CercleS ELP. Furthermore, this group will also consider the context of the CercleS ELP, i.e. the CEFR, and how the CEFR can be used more actively and efficiently not only in language teaching & learning but also in language testing and assessment.

FG coordinator and contact person: Fiona Dalziel -


FG Innovation

This focus group will suggest new ideas for our everyday work. It will stimulate innovation, e.g. in the structure of language centres, in language teaching, in the use of ICT as well as in language testing. The idea behind this focus group is to generate new ideas and models, which will then be piloted and further developed to stimulate changes for the future.
FG coordinator and contact person: Anthony Stenton -

FG Less Widely Spoken and Less Widely Taught Languages

English plays a key role in our everyday work: in many language centres. It constitutes the highest number of language courses and presents the highest demand among students, as well as being the most used language in international co-operation. However, other major European languages also play an important part in serving different needs. Likewise, language centres have a key role in the teaching of languages that are not widely taught at secondary level: Eastern European, Asian languages as well as heritage languages are becoming more popular and are being taught more frequently in many university language centres. This focus group will analyse the potential of teaching these languages and look into similarities and differences concerning their role and status in language centres.

FG coordinator and contact person: Marta Genís -

We are committed to promote state of the art language teaching and learning, as well as research
in Higher Education in and for a multilingual Europe and world.
Please join us in this fascinating endeavour.
CercleS President

CercleS Members

General Secretariat

Get in touch with us


University of Zurich UZH
Language Center of the University of Zurich 
and ETH Zurich
CH-Rämistrasse 71
8006 Zürich, Switzerland
tel. 41 44, 6345280

General Secretariat:

Université de Lorraine
UFR Lansad 
(Langues pour Spécialistes d’Autres Disciplines)
CLSH - 23 Boulevard Albert 1er - B.P. 60546
54005 NANCY CEDEX, France
tel. (33) 3 72 74 31 87