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Who can be a member of CercleS?

CercleS is a confederation of independent national associations (full members) and associate members. It brings together almost 400 Language Centres, Departments, Institutes, Faculties or Schools in Higher Education whose main responsibility is academic communication, language teaching and research.

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

Cercles has four different kinds of members: full, associate, honorary and benefactor members. Full members are composed of language centres. Each of these language centres is an institutional member of the Association. Institutional members are thus members of full members that have registered with CercleS via the full member to which they belong.
At present, there are 13 full members (= national associations) and 23 associate members, which bring together more than 380 Language Centres, Departments, Institutes, Faculties or Schools in Higher Education whose main responsibility is academic communication, language teaching and research.

How can we become a member of CercleS?

To become a new institutional member of CercleS, contact your national association. If you want to become an associate member, please contact the General Secretariat at the address below.


CercleS General Secretariat. Dr. Anne Chateau
Université de Lorraine
UFR Lansad (Langues pour Spécialistes d’Autres Disciplines)
CLSH - 23 Boulevard Albert 1er - B.P. 60546
54005 NANCY CEDEX, France
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 CZ (Czech Republic)
  • CASALC SL (Slovakia)
  • FINELC (Finland)
  • NUT (Netherlands & Belgium)
  • RANACLES (France)
  • ReCLes.pt (Portugal)
  • SERMO (Poland)
  • SSH-CHES (Switzerland)
  • VUS (Austria).

Who are the associate members in CercleS?

CercleS has associate member institutions from the following countries.

  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Sweden

What does CercleS do?

CercleS co-organises a biannual conference organised and hosted by a national association, and other seminars and workshops during the year. It publishes the work of its members in its own journal Language Learning in Higher Education (http://www.cercles.org/EN-H218/llhe-journal.html), it supports national conferences, seminars and workshops, facilitates staff training and exchanges between centres and peer exchange in different formats. It promotes research into language teaching and learning and encourages international and interdisciplinary cooperation between language centres through its Focus Groups.

Where can I find previous Conference Proceedings?

Where can I find the CercleS journal?

You have free access to the journal in the Members only area: http://www.cercles.org/EN-H218/llhe-journal.html

Is there an annual subscription for members?

The annual subscription for institutional and associate members is €100 for the years 2020-2022.
If you are an institutional member of a national association, your national association pays the subscription fee to CercleS according to its number of members.
If you are an associate member, you will have to cover the subscription fee directly to CercleS.

What are the reasons for joining CercleS?

If you are a member of CercleS you will have the following benefits:

Networking/ professional development:
  • Participation in CercleS conferences,
  • Participation in national conferences of National Associations,
  • Participation in CercleS training sessions,
  • Participation in CercleS Focus Groups,
  • Participation in CercleS training sessions,
  • Participation in bottom-up exchange formats between members,
  • Possibility of having the CercleS logo printed on the NULTE certificate.
Academic development:
  • Access and possibility of contribution to LLHE journal,
  • Participation in projects with CercleS members,
  • Access to cooperation contracts between institutions/associations within CercleS (e.g. NULTE).
  • Free access to LLHE online journal via the CercleS website,
  • 30% discount on all book publications of De Gruyter. Any orders from members should be sent to the CercleS General Secretariat and will be forwarded to De Gruyter,
  • Conference fee reduction at CercleS Conferences,
  • Scholarships for CercleS conferences: €180 / person,
  • Focus groups: maximum amount of €1000 for accommodation costs of meetings,
  • National Associations: maximum amount of €500 / meeting with clear link to CercleS.

Which are the governing bodies in CercleS?

According to the Statutes 2020, the organisation of CercleS is based on three pillars:
The General Meeting (= the meeting of all institutional, associate, honorary and benefactor members), which meets at least every two years, whose duties are to:
  • determine the overall strategy of the Association,
  • ratify the election of the President,
  • approve standing orders and reports of the President, Secretary General and the Treasurer,
  • appoint two auditors to check the accounts submitted by the Treasurer,
  • determine the subscription fee.
The Coordinating Committee, whose duties are to:
  • define strategy,
  • elect the members of the Executive Committee,
  • direct the actions of the Executive Committee,
  • supervise the latter’s administrative activities,
  • agree the accounts and the annual budget,
  • draw up proposals or amendments for standing orders for submission to the General Meeting.
The Executive Committee, whose duties are to:
  • represent the Association legally and extra-legally,
  • coordinate the activities of the Association,
  • provide the Secretariat of the Association,
  • organise the Association's international conferences in conjunction with local organising,
  • committees and at intervals in excess of one year,
  • organise the Association's meetings, colloquia, seminars and workshops,
  • take responsibility for the Association’s publications,
  • support the Association’s Focus Groups and projects.

Who takes part in the General Meeting?

The General Meeting consists of all institutional, associate, honorary and benefactor members. It is chaired by the President of the Association.

Who takes part in the Coordinating Committee?

The Coordinating Committee consists of the Chairpersons of all national associations (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 his/her Assistant) and Treasurer of CercleS and/or their deputies.

Who takes part in the Executive Committee?

The Executive Committee of CercleS comprises its President, Secretary General, Treasurer, their respective deputies, and the General Secretariat’s Assistant.

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 to:
  • create synergies,
  • stimulate networking,
  • encourage project activities,
  • promote workshops and seminars,
  • prepare publications.
Read more about the activities of the Focus Groups here. If you are interested in joining a CercleS Focus Group or in establishing a new Focus Group, please contact the General Secretariat at generalsecretariat@cercles.org
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
e-mail: generalsecretariat@cercles.org