Professional Associations


Professional Associations
APACALL: The Asia-Pacific Association for CALL, University of Southern Queensland, Australia: http://www.apacall.org
CALICO:. A long-established professional association devoted to promoting the use of technology enhanced language learning. CALICO is currently headed by Bob Fischer, Executive Director, Southwest Texas State University: http://www.calico.org
CERCLES: Confédération Européenne des Centres de Langues dans l’Enseignement Supérieur / European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education / Europäische Konföderation der Hochschulsprachenzentren: http://www.cercles.org. Founded in Strasbourg in 1991, CERCLES is a confederation of independent associations from 10 countries of the European Union. It brings together some 200 Language Centres, Departments, Institutes, Faculties or Schools in higher education whose main responsibility is the teaching of languages. Its members have several thousand academic, administrative and technical staff and some 250,000 students who learn all of the world’s main languages. The equivalent US-based association is IALLT.
CILT: The Centre for Information on Language Teaching, London - now known as the National Centre for Languages: http://www.cilt.org.uk. CILT is, in my opinion, the leading information centre on language teaching in Europe - maybe the world. They’re doing a grand job! CILT is a partner in the ICT for Language Teachers project and collaborates with the Subject Centre for Languages Linguistics and Area Studies. ICT features prominently in CILT's activities - check the website's publications section and the ICT links. See also Languages ICT, a new CILT/ALL initiative
EUROCALL: This is EUROCALL's website: http://www.eurocall-languages.org. EUROCALL is a professional association devoted to promoting the use of technology enhanced language learning. There is a wealth of information at the main website, with numerous links to publications and other sources of information. You can also join the EUROCALL Discussion List at: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/eurocall-members.html. I was the Founder President of EUROCALL (1993-2000). The current President is Ana Gimeno, Polytechnic University of Valencia. EUROCALL's sister association in the USA is CALICO. EUROCALL organises an annual international conference that attracts participants from all over the world. See the homepage (above) for further information. EUROCALL now has a headquarters in Second Life. Here is the SLURL of the front porch: http://slurl.com/secondlife/EduNation%20III/9/29/22/
European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML): The Council of Europe's centre in Graz, Austria. The ECML runs regular workshops for teachers of Modern Foreign Languages, including workshops on ICT. The website includes reports on past workshops, useful resources, and announcements of forthcoming activities: http://www.ecml.at
IALLT: The US-based International Association for Language Learning Technology. Established in 1965, this professional association changed its official name from IALL to IALLT in May 2001: http://www.iallt.org. IALLT is dedicated to promoting effective uses of media centres for language teaching, learning, and research.
IATEFL: The UK-based International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language: http://www.iatefl.org. IATEFL embraces a Special Interest Group for Learning Technologies - formerly known as the Computer SIG and formerly known as MUESLI (Micro Users in ESL Institutions): see http://ltsig.org.uk where you will find a link to the SIG's publicly accessible discussion list at http://ltsig.org.uk/discussion-list.html.
LET: Language Education and Technology (LET) assocation of Japan, formerly known as the Language Laboratory Association (LLA), which now embraces a wider range of language learning technologies: http://www.j-let.org
TESOL: Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages: http://www.tesol.org - the US-based professional association. TESOL embraces a Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALLIS).
Office of English Language Programs creates and implements high quality, targeted English language programs in specific regions and countries of the world. All programs are administered through the local American Embassy or Consulate. http://exchanges.state.gov/englishteaching/index.html
Association canadienne des professeurs d'immersion - In French http://acpi.scedu.umontreal.ca/
CODIFIL - Conseil pour le développement du français en Louisiane http://www.codofil.org/francais/index.html
Learning Times - LearningTimes.org is an open community for education and training professionals. Members have free access to a wide range of opportunities to interact and network with peers from across the globe. Member activities include live webcasts and interviews with industry leaders, online debates and discussions, live coverage of industry conferences, and international working groups. http://www.learningtimes.org/