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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.
Cercles has two different kinds of members: National Associations and Associate members. At present there are 12 National Associations and 23 associate members from 22 countries in Europe which bring together some 290 Language Centres, Departments, Institutes, Faculties or Schools in Higher Education whose main responsibility is the teaching of language. 
  • ACLES (Spain)
  • AICLU (Italy)
  • AKS (Germany)
  • AULC (UK & Ireland)
  • CASALC (Czech & Slovak Republics)
  • FHS-ELHE (Switzerland)
  • FINELC (Finland)
  • NUT (Netherlands & Belgium)
  • RANACLES (France)
  • ReCLes.pt (Portugal)
  • SERMO (Poland)
  • VUS (Austria).
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary 
  • Iceland 
  • Latvia 
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Luxembourg 
  • Romania 
  • Sweden 
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.
Contact CercleS General Secretariat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Contact the publisher via this link: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cercles.
Your National Association pays a subscription fee to CercleS according to its number of members.
If you are in one of the centres of a national association you will have the following benefits:
  • reduced fees in the Conferences
  • possibility of attending the Conferences.
  • access to the past Proceedings and Bulletins through your centre
  • option of participating in the Focus Groups
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
If you are interested in joining a CercleS Focus Group or in setting up a new Focus Group, please contact the General Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
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
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.
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.
The Executive Committee of CercleS comprises its President, Secretary General, Treasurer and their respective deputies.
 European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education 
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