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Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
ACCET's mission is to inspire and promote quality-oriented continuing education and training. Through the establishment of standards and the assurance of an accreditation process focused on integrity, ACCET seeks to identify, evaluate and enhance the delivery of continuing education and training. ACCET is a voluntary affiliation of organizations committed to self-regulation through independent peer-review and evaluation.
Adopt-A-Classroom
Adopt-A-Classroom increases opportunity for student success by empowering teachers with community partners and funds to purchase resources for the classroom.
American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) is a professional organization of scholars who are interested in and actively contribute to the multi-disciplinary field of applied linguistics. AAAL members promote principled approaches to language-related concerns, including language education, acquisition and loss, bilingualism, discourse analysis, literacy, rhetoric and stylistics, language for special purposes, psycholinguistics, second and foreign language pedagogy, language assessment, and language policy and planning.
American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC)
Since its inception in 1980, the AAUSC has worked (1) to promote, improve, and strengthen foreign language and second language instruction in the US; (2) to strengthen development programs for teaching assistants, teaching fellows, associate instructors, or their equivalents; (3) to promote research in second language acquisition and on the preparation and supervision of teaching assistants; and (4) to establish a forum for exchanging ideas, experiences, and materials among those concerned with language program direction.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
ACTFL's Mission is to provide vision, leadership and support for quality teaching and learning of languages. It is the only national U.S.-based organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction throughout the U.S. ACTFL and its affiliated organizations represent the educators who are committed to building language proficiency from kindergarten students through adult learners. ACTFL provides advocacy, professional development opportunities, resources and opportunities for members to interact and share ideas and experiences.
American Councils
American Councils creates opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world, and works in the areas of international education, academic exchange, and overseas language immersion.
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.
American English (US State Department)
American English is a resource center for teaching and learning about American English language and culture. The website provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers' professional development and for students in the classroom. Both teachers and students will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States.
American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF)
The mission of the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) is to broaden the awareness and understanding of policymakers and to strengthen the youth policymaking process by bridging policy, practice, and research, by identifying the most pertinent high-quality information on youth issues available and providing a forum for prominent leaders in government, programming, and research, as well as the youth themselves, to share their viewpoints and expertise about the policies and practices that improve outcomes for all youth. The American Youth Policy Forum is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, which provides learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF's goal is to enable participants to become more effective in the development, enactment, and implementation of sound policies affecting the nation's young people by providing information, insights, and networks to better understand the development of healthy and successful young people, productive workers, and participating citizens in a democratic society. AYPF does not lobby or advocate for positions on pending legislation. Rather, they believe that greater intellectual and experiential knowledge of youth issues will lead to sounder, more informed policymaking. They strive to generate a climate of constructive action by enhancing communication, understanding, and trust among youth policy professionals.
AQUEDUTO (The Association for Quality Education and Training Online)
Aqueduto (The Association for QUality EDUcation and Training Online) is a charitable organisation dedicated to: (1) evaluating blended and online training courses against a quality assurance framework; (2) representing providers of such courses in a crowded marketplace, varying in quality; and (3) helping professionals identify such courses, and enroll with confidence
Asian Association for Language Assessment (AALA)
AALA works to promote language assessment in Asia, using the following to guide their work: (1) to offer students and faculty in colleges and universities opportunities to understand and present current research and practice; (2) to offer professional staff in assessment agencies opportunities to understand and present current research and practice; (3) to conduct an annual conference and other events in the region to promote interaction and communication among students, faculty, and professionals; (4) to promote professional publications that advance theory and practice; and (5) to advocate for the ethical use of assessments and assessment use.
Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ)
The purpose of the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ) is to promote best practices in language assessment in educational and professional settings in New Zealand and Australia, and to foster collaboration between academia, schools, and other agencies responsible for language testing or assessment. Its goals are related to three broad categories: training, research, and policy formation.
Association of Language Testers of Europe (ALTE)
The Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) is an association of institutions within Europe, each of which produces examinations and certification for language learners. Each member provides examinations of the language which is spoken as a mother tongue in their own country or region. With the breaking down of international barriers between European states and increasing opportunities for the members of the workforce to move from one country to another, the need for transferability of qualifications is clear. The principle objectives of ALTE are (1) to address issues of quality and fairness related to the examinations which the members provide; (2) to establish common standards for all stages of the language-testing process and to adhere to those standards: that is, for test development, task and item writing, test administration, marking and grading, reporting of test results, test analysis and reporting of findings; (3) to promote the transnational recognition of certification in Europe by reference to the common levels of proficiency established by ALTE members and the Common European Framework of Reference; (4) to engage in activities for the improvement of language testing and assessment in Europe through collaboration on joint projects and in the exchange of ideas, know-how and sharing of best practice, especially through the medium of special interest groups; (5) to provide training in language testing and assessment; (6) to raise awareness on issues related to language assessment; and (7) to provide leadership in the field of language assessment globally.
Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is a consortium of 42 leading research universities in the Pacific Rim. The consortium aims to foster cooperation in education, research and enterprise thereby contributing to the economic, scientific and cultural advancement of the Pacific Rim. The mission of APRU is to promote scientific, educational and cultural collaboration among Pacific Rim economies. In both its objectives and guiding principles, APRU embodies a commitment to global academic and research standards. APRU recognizes that its activities can be powerful catalysts for expanding educational, economic and technological cooperation among the Pacific Rim economies. The association seeks to promote dialogue and collaboration between academic institutions in Pacific Rim economies so that they can become effective players in the global knowledge economy.
Association of Test Publishers (ATP)
The Association of Test Publishers (ATP) was founded to promote and develop testing and assessment best practices and to facilitate an environment that would benefit test-takers, businesses, educational organizations, and society in general. ATP charges itself with defining professionalism for assessment and ethics, and promoting adherence to these principles. To achieve this purpose, ATP focuses on two initiatives: advocacy for the industry and education for its members. The association is committed to promoting the benefits of best practices in testing and the value of these benefits to society.
British Council
Connecting the UK to the world and the world to the UK, the British Council is Britain's international cultural relations body. In an inter-dependent, turbulent world, [the British Council] believes that creating opportunities for people to understand each other better, work together more, and learn from one another is crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all.
Canadian Association of Language Assessment / L’association canadienne pour l’évaluation des langues
Established in 2009, The Canadian Association of Language Assessment/L’association canadienne pour l’évaluation des langues (CALA/ACEL), is a professional and academic association dealing with language assessment issues (both English and French) in Canada. CALA/ACEL promotes research and scholarship in language assessment; promotes best practices in the field of language assessment; advises local, provincial and federal agencies on issues related to language assessment; disseminates knowledge about language assessment to all interested individuals and organizations (including educators); forms a platform of communication among researchers in the field of language assessment in Canada; provides quality control for sensitive, high stakes language assessment practices; ensures fairness in assessment practices in both official languages; and considers language assessment in both academic and occupational/professional settings.
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA)
CAELA was created to help states in the US build their capacity to promote English language learning and academic achievement of adults learning English. CAELA is funded by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) of the U.S. Department of Education. CAELA accomplishes its mission through the following tasks: (1) leading an initiative to build state capacity for improving the skills of teachers and administrators in adult ESL programs; (2) developing an easy-to-use repository of resources (e.g., research studies, instructional curricula, information on language acquisition) that are accessible through the CAELA Web site; (3) producing easily accessible materials that synthesize research and make applications to practice; (4) developing a toolkit of training materials for professional developers; and (5) providing technical assistance to adult ESL teachers, programs, and states.
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
The mission of CARLA is to study multilingualism and multiculturalism, to develop knowledge of second language acquisition, and to advance the quality of second language teaching, learning, and assessment by conducting research and action projects; sharing research-based and other forms of knowledge across disciplines and education systems; and extending, exchanging, and applying this knowledge in the wider society.
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of research-based information, tools, and resources related to language and culture. CAL is a private, nonprofit organization working to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture. Established in 1959, CAL is headquartered in Washington, DC. CAL has earned a national and international reputation for its contributions to the fields of bilingual, English as a second language, literacy, and foreign language education; dialect studies; language policy; refugee orientation; and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children.
Center for Educational Research on Languages and Literacies (CERLL)
The Centre for Educational Research on Languages and Literacies (CERLL), formerly known as the Modern Language Centre, addresses a broad spectrum of theoretical and practical issues related to second, minority and majority language and literacy teaching and learning. CERLL's work focuses on curriculum, instruction, and policies for education in second, foreign, minority, and majority languages, particularly in reference to English and French in Canada but also other languages and settings -- including studies of language learning, literacy, methodology and organization of classroom instruction, language education policies, student and program evaluation, teacher development, as well as issues related to bilingualism, multilingualism, and cultural diversity.
Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)
The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) is recognized as the centre of expertise in support of Canadian national standards for describing and measuring adult English and French second language proficiency, and is the national standard setting body. The goal of the CCLB is to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of English and French to adults across Canada by establishing and supporting language proficiency standards that affect program delivery and policy development in the areas of education, labor market access, and immigrant integration across the country. CCLB works on policy, guidelines, research and development, and to promote their recognition and use as practical, fair and reliable national standards of second language proficiency in educational, training, community and workplace settings.
Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA)
CRELLA assists scholars, examining boards, and government organizations with quality research and development in the areas of English language learning and assessment. A major area of the Center's activity is research into the nature of English language proficiency, and how methodologies can be improved to measure proficiency.
CILT, the National Centre for Languages
CILT, the National Centre for Languages seeks to inform, influence, and comment objectively on policy with relevance for languages and intercultural skills. CILT also researches, consults, and advises on (1) language policy; (2) education policy as it relates to languages and intercultural skills; and (3) policy in other fields (e.g. international trade, tourism, etc., where there is a need to make explicit the connection to languages and intercultural skills).
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)
CEA's mission is to promote excellence in the field of English language teaching and administration through accreditation of English language programs and institutions worldwide. CEA strives to achieve its mission by using widely-held standards to foster continuous program development through a rigorous process of regular self-assessment and peer evaluation.
Consortium on Graduate Communication
The Consortium on Graduate Communication is an international association whose members provide professional development in written, oral, and multimodal communication to students before and during their (post-)graduate academic and professional programs. CGC members work with graduate students in their first and second/additional languages. CGC’s primary activities include face-to-face and online opportunities to discuss and share resources, pedagogy, research, curricula, and program models for graduate communication.
e-VOLLution
E-VOLLution looks at the basic e-skills which 21st century workers need.
EAQUALS - The European Association for Quality Language Services
EAQUALS, the European Association for Quality Language Services, offers the only widely accepted European quality standard for language teaching provision. It is an association of providers of language services, founded in 1991, with over 100 accredited members in 20 different countries. EAQUALS grants its quality label to institutions that meet its high inspection standards. EAQUALS contributes to European projects related to language teaching, including the recent development in cooperation with ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) of an electronic version of an EAQUALS/ALTE European Language Portfolio for adults (www.eelp.org). It also publishes training materials on different aspects of language teaching management.
ED Data Express
ED Data Express is a Web site designed to improve the public's ability to access and explore high-value state-level education data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. The site is designed to be interactive and to present the data in a clear, easy-to-use manner, with options to download information into Excel or manipulate the data within the Web site. The site currently includes data from EDFacts, Consolidated State Performance Reports (CSPR), State Accountability Workbooks, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the College Board, and the Department's Budget Service office.
Education without Borders
Education without Borders (EwB) believes that the development of knowledge and skills gives individuals greater control over their lives and more possibilities and choices for their future. Enhanced educational opportunities build communities from within, and facilitate bridging between communities.
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Educational Testing Services (ETS) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. In addition to assessments, ETS conducts educational research, analysis and policy studies and develops a variety of customized services and products for teacher certification, English-language learning and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education. The organization serves individual students, their parents, educational institutions, and government agencies.
Edutopia
The George Lucas Educational Foundation was created to address this issue the issue that children today are greatly influenced by technology. The foundation's vision is of a new world of learning, where kids and parents, teachers and administrators, policy makers and the people they serve, all are empowered to change education for the better; a place where schools have access to the same invaluable technology as businesses and universities -- where innovation is the rule, not the exception; a place where children become lifelong learners and develop the technical, cultural, and interpersonal skills to succeed in the twenty-first century; a place of inspiration, aspiration, and an urgent belief that improving education improves the world we live in. Edutopia is the tangible embodiment of that vision. Edutopia.org contains a deep archive of continually updated best practices, from classroom tips to recommendations for district-wide change. Allied with a dedicated audience that actively contributes success stories from the field, the foundation's mission relies on input and participation from schools and communities.
English Language Fellow Program
The English Language (EL) Fellow Program promotes English language learning around the world and fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. It places talented, highly qualified U.S. educators with Master’s degrees with a focus in TEFL/TESL or Applied Linguistics in all regions of the world.
EnglishUSA (American Association of Intensive English Programs)
EnglishUSA’s mission is to provide support, standards, and advocacy for intensive English programs in the USA. Its vision is to be the recognized voice of intensive English programs in the USA. EnglishUSA values engagement, integrity, excellence, and collaboration.
European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA)
The purpose of EALTA is to promote the understanding of theoretical principles of language testing and assessment, and the improvement and sharing of testing and assessment practices throughout Europe. EALTA is a professional association for language testers in Europe. EALTA’s interests are independent of those of any other organization, and was set up with financial support from the European community.
Federación Argentina de Asociaciones de Profesores de Inglés
FAAPI, The Argentine Federation of Associations of Teachers of Inglés is a registered non-profit organization founded in 1971. Through 27 local, regional and provincial Associations of Teachers of Inglés, FAAPI affiliates all certified Teachers of Inglés holding as a Foreign Language Degrees Granted by national, provincial and private universities, teachers' training colleges as well as other Institutions Recognized by the National Ministry of Culture and Education.
Federation Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivants (International Federation of Language Teacher Associations)
FIPLV has the unique role of being the only international (NGO) association which reflects the interests and needs of teacher of all languages with a focus on languages per se. It unites international associations of teachers of English, Esperanto, French, German, Portuguese, and Russian, providing a forum in which representatives of these languages can share and derive benefits though the FIPLV World Council, the World Assembly, and ongoing collaboration. the goals of FIPLV include (1) the organization of professional development activities which address the perceived needs of language teachers; (2) the pro-active involvement of younger colleagues, encouraging them, building up their self-confidence, and motivating them to become part of a larger skilled international profession; (3) the active involvement of language teachers in international projects, such as the European Year of languages, 2001 Linguapax, UNESCO conferences, FIPLV publications and others; and (4) the organization of international and/or cross-cultural activities to bring language teachers together.
FLTeach
The Foreign Language Teaching Forum is an integrated service for FL teachers, who want to encourage communication, share, and collaborate at all levels. The broad discussion topics include foreign language teaching methods for any level of instruction in all languages. Specific areas of discussion include school/college articulation, training of student teachers, classroom activities, curriculum, and syllabus design. Students in teacher training programs, teachers both new and experienced, administrators, and other professionals interested in any aspect of foreign language teaching are invited to participate in discussions.
Giessen International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
Giessen International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) started its activities in January 2007. It builds on the infrastructures and innovative program developed within the framework of the Giessen Graduate School for the Humanities (GGK). The GGK was established in 2001 in order to overcome the shortcomings of doctoral training at German universities and establish a permanent infrastructure for doctoral studies following the example of international graduate schools. It has implemented training strategies such as a clearly structured postgraduate curriculum, independent graduate research groups, a multi-track supervision and mentoring program and a career service.
Humanising Language Teaching
Humanizing Language Teaching (HLT) stores a rich archive of articles on various issues of language teaching and methodology as well as practical exercises aimed at primary kids, secondary teenagers and adult learners. More than half the contributions to HLT are from classroom language teachers. The editor, Hania Kryszewska, invites you to send in your exercises, activities, articles, poems and letters to enrich HLT: hania.kryszewska@pilgrims.co.uk. HLT readers are teachers looking for ideas and for those interested in teacher development, as well as candidates taking CELTA and DELTA courses, and those doing MA degrees in ELT or Master's in ESOL, who can find background reading for their assignments.
IATEFL Research SIG
Research SIG is a unique forum for discussion of issues connected with research into ELT, bringing together teachers, teacher-researchers and researchers from around the world. In this active community, members share their experiences of and findings from research, and network face-to-face at regular events, online via our discussion list, and in print through our twice-yearly publication, ELT Research.
IATEFL Testing, Evaluation, and Assessment Special Interest Group (TEA-SIG)
The IATEFL Testing, Evaluation, and Assessment Special Interest Group (TEA-SIG) includes people who are interested in the process and product part of learning English as a second and foreign language, in testing, evaluation and assessment in ELT. The group's main focus includes international viewpoints on (1) classroom assessment, (2) classroom tests, (3) external standardized examinations, (4) evaluation of teaching, (5) evaluation of institutions and programs.
ICT Digital Literacy Portal
The ICT Digital Literacy Portal is the "public face" of a fast growing international movement focused on promoting Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Digital Literacy. This website provides a global resource and collaborative environment for dissemination of ICT Literacy materials, interactive discussions, research information, and international dialogue. The ICT digital literacy resources are intended to build awareness, encourage debate, and promote the importance of digital literacy. They provide practical information for business, government, teachers, and educational leaders, and encourage communication by employing technology tools in the most collaborative sense. Digital literacy is becoming more integrated into all aspects of our daily lives – such as access to educational opportunities, health and medical services, banking and consumer services, e-government services, and for applying green ICT solutions to global environmental challenges.
Instruments for Research Into Second Languages (IRIS)
IRIS is a free, searchable, up- and downloadable collection of instruments, materials, and stimuli that are used to elicit data for research into second and foreign languages. This research includes investigations into the effectiveness of different types of experimental treatments and instructional techniques; linguistic development and how languages are learnt; the contexts in which second languages are used and learnt; and stakeholders' (learners', teachers', policy-makers') opinions about language use and how these impact teaching and learning.
InterAction
InterAction's vision is to see a peaceful, just, and prosperous world of nations with inclusive and sustainable societies. They work to eliminate extreme poverty, uphold human rights, safeguard a sustainable planet, and ensure human dignity for poor and vulnerable populations worldwide by elevating and advancing the goals of the U.S.-based international nonprofit community.
International Education Programs Service (IEPS)
The International Education Programs Service (IEPS), part of the U.S. Department of Education, administers 14 international education programs. The mission of IEPS is to meet the national needs for expertise and competence in foreign languages and area or international studies. These programs are complementary in nature and benefit a variety of audiences through training programs, research, start-up or enhancement projects, and fellowships. The International Education and Foreign Language Studies domestic programs are designed to strengthen the capability and performance of American education in foreign languages and in area and international studies. Overseas programs are intended to improve secondary and postsecondary teaching and research concerning other cultures and languages, training of specialists, and the American public's general understanding of the peoples of other countries.
International Language and Culture Foundation, Inc. (ILCF)
The IATEFL Testing, Evaluation, and Assessment Special Interest Group (TEA-SIG) includes people who are interested in the process and product part of learning English as a second and foreign language, in testing, evaluation and assessment in ELT. The group's main focus includes international viewpoints on (1) classroom assessment, (2) classroom tests, (3) external standardized examinations, (4) evaluation of teaching, (5) evaluation of institutions and programs.
International Language Testing Association (ILTA)
ILTA's purpose is to promote the improvement of language testing throughout the world. It does this by (1) stimulating professional growth through workshops and conferences; (2) promoting the publication and dissemination of information related to the field of language testing; (3) developing and providing for leadership in the field of language testing; (4) providing professional services to its members; (5) increasing public understanding and support of language testing as a profession; (6) building professional pride among its membership; (7) recognizing outstanding achievement among its membership; (8) cooperating with other groups interested in language testing; and (9) cooperating with other groups interested in applied linguistics or measurement.
Language and Development Conferences
The Language & Development Conferences have been held every two years, on average, since the early 1990s. They provide an opportunity for language teachers, planners, administrators and researchers to come together to share views and explore issues concerning language use in development contexts. Each Conference takes place in a different developing country and is organized by a local committee, with support from the Language & Development Conference Trustees and with sponsorship from a wide range of national and international organizations. The Conferences are planned with regard to a set of principles and it is intended that each Conference should lead to the publication of an edited volume of proceedings, as a permanent record of the event. These documents are stored on their website.
Language at Work – Bridging Theory and Practice
Language at Work is an international journal for language and communication professionals and researchers. This journal is an international forum for translating theory into practice within the field of professional language use and communication. Language at Work provides a platform for scholars and professionals to exchange ideas about their work. Language at Work is a non-profit popular scientific journal realizing the aim of communicating research results and building the bridge between researchers and professionals in the field. Each issue features a main theme that will be discussed in a “Janus head article”, where the perspectives of both the linguistic scholar and the professional go head to head.
Language Testing Resources
The purpose of the Language Testing Resources web site is to act as a reference guide to language testing related resources on the Internet by providing a history of, and links to, language testing related information, including publications that are freely available on other domains.
LINGUIST List
The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics professors and graduate students.
Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
Founded in 1924 to advance the scientific study of language, the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) is a professional society in the United States that is exclusively dedicated to the advancement of the scientific study of language. As such, the LSA plays a critical role in supporting and disseminating linguistic scholarship both to professional linguists and to the general public, as well as facilitating the application of current research to scientific, educational, and social issues concerning language.
Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)
LINCS is a national dissemination and professional development system, providing information on literacy research, practice, and resources.
Low Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition (LESLLA) for Adults
Low Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition (LESLLA) for Adults is an international forum of researchers who share an interest in research on the development of second language skills by adult immigrants with little or no schooling prior to entering the country of entry. The goal of the LESLLA is to share empirical research and information to help inform and guide further research on second language acquisition for the low-educated adult population. This research in turn will provide guidance to education policy development in all those countries in which immigrants settle and most need educational support.
Meridian International Center
The Meridian International Center promotes global leadership through the exchange of ideas, people, and culture. Their mission is to create innovative exchange, education, cultural, and policy programs that advance three goals: (1) Strengthen US engagement with the world through the power of exchange; (2) Prepare public and private sector leaders for a complex global future; and (3) Provide a neutral forum for international collaboration across sectors.
MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching)
MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy. MERLOT is a user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, cataloged by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.
National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC)
The National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) is a joint project of Georgetown University (GU), The George Washington University (GWU), and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). NCLRC is located in Washington, DC, and is one of fifteen nonprofit Language Resource Centers nationwide, created to improve and strengthen the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages. Funding for the center comes from the U.S. Department of Education. Since its inception in 1990, the NCLRC has conducted activities in the areas of testing, learning strategies, materials development & methodology, technology, professional development, and dissemination of information on commonly and less commonly taught languages.
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
The UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation (CSE) and, more recently, the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) strives to improve the quality of education and learning in America. CSE/CRESST contributes to the development of scientifically based evaluation and testing techniques, encourages the development, validation and use of sound data for improved accountability and decision making, and explores technological applications to improve assessment and evaluation practice. Today CSE/CRESST research and development serves government, military, and pre-K through college-level education and training.
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) is a federally funded research and development center focused solely on adult learning. NCSALL's efforts are dedicated to improving practice in educational programs that serve adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma. NCSALL both informs and learns from practice. Its rigorous, high quality research increases knowledge and gives those teaching, managing, and setting policy in adult literacy education a sound basis for making decisions. NCSALL is also a leader in designing innovative professional development programs and in building support for research use.
National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)
The National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) is a professional organization for individuals involved in assessment, evaluation, testing, and other aspects of educational measurement. Members are involved in the construction and use of standardized tests; new forms of assessment, including performance-based assessment; program design; and program evaluation. NCME's purposes include encouragement of scholarly efforts to advance the science of measurement in the field of education; improve measurement instruments and procedures for their administration, scoring, interpretation, and use; and improve applications of measurement in assessment of individuals and evaluations of educational programs. Another purpose is the dissemination of knowledge about theory, techniques, and instrumentation available for measurement of educationally relevant human, institutional, and social characteristics; procedures appropriate to the interpretation and use of such techniques and instruments; and applications of educational measurement in individual and group evaluation studies.
National Education Policy Center
The mission of the National Education Policy Center is to produce and disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. The Center's belief is that the democratic governance of public education is strengthened when policies are based on sound evidence.
National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL)
Open Educational Resources Commons
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. Open Educational Resources are different from other resources a teacher may use in that OER have been given limited or unrestricted licensing rights. That means they have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. For some of these resources, that means you can download the resource and share it with colleagues and students. For others, it may be that you can download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.
Pearson Foundation
The Pearson Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning, and great teaching.
Perseus Digital Library
Perseus Digital Library's mission is to make the full record of humanity - linguistic sources, physical artifacts, historical spaces - as intellectually accessible as possible to every human being, regardless of linguistic or cultural background.
Psychometric Society
The Psychometric Society is an international nonprofit professional organization devoted to the advancement of quantitative measurement practices in psychology, education, and the social sciences.
Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute
Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute sponsors activities and programs with a primary focus on preservation, transmission, and instruction of Persian culture. To execute its mission, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute develop initiatives that provide support for partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and institutions such as schools, universities, libraries, museums, and private sector donors that share its goals in support of Persian culture. Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute supports cultural and educational activities that bring to light the richness and diversity of Persian culture. The Institute is dedicated to fostering community among Persian people and those interested in Persian cultural heritage. The Institute encourages intercultural communication with host countries and focus on the following activities: (1) establishing Persian studies programs at major universities; (2) awarding fellowships and scholarships for excellence in Persian studies; and (3) working with other nonprofits that share its mission in support of Persian culture.
South Eastern Europe Teachers Association (SEETA)
SEETA's mission has five majors aims to: (1) build a community of Teachers' Assoications; (2) provide an ongoing and structured means of communication; (3) pool resources; (4) overcome geographical constraints; and (5) to provide benefits to its members.
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education: Regional Language Center
The Regional Language Centre (RELC), an educational project of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), is located in Singapore. Since its inception in July, 1968 SEAMEO RELC has not ceased to strive towards higher goals in the service of language education of the countries of Southeast Asia. The members of SEAMEO are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Spain are associate members.
Stephen Krashen's Theory of Second Language Acquisition
A widely known theory of second language acquisition.
Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Library of Classroom Practices
Teaching Foreign Languages K - 12 is a video library illustrating effective instruction and assessment strategies for teaching foreign languages. The language classrooms shown in this library include Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Chinese.
TESOL International Association
TESOL's mission is to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide. TESOL values professionalism in language education, individual language rights accessible, high quality education, collaboration in a global community, the interaction of research and reflective practice for educational improvement, and respect for diversity and multiculturalism.
TESOLacademic.org
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) academic disseminates knowledge by linking the work of TESOL-based academics to teachers, teacher-trainers, teacher-trainees, decision-makers and other researchers. TESOLacademic is an independent initiative intended to bridge theory and practice in TESOL. The website provides a global forum for people to talk about how their recently published research, or an aspect of it, impacts language pedagogy. All postings on their site have gone through a peer review process.
The Australian International Academic Centre (AIAC)
The Australian International Academic Centre (AIAC) is an independent organization, and engages in publishing journals, proceedings, theses, and books across a wide range of academic areas. The Centre hosts international symposiums, conferences, seminars, and workshops. AIAC also supports scholarships and research grant schemes, and also provides grants for creative research projects.
The Business English Special Interest Group (BESIG)
BESIG, the Business English Special Interest Group of IATEFL, is a professional body of individuals representing the interests and serving the needs of the international business English teaching community.
The Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics / L’Association canadienne de linguistique appliquée (ACLA)
The Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics / L’Association canadienne de linguistique appliquée, also known as ACLA, is an officially bilingual scholarly association with approximately 200 members from across Canada and elsewhere. ACLA’s overarching objective is the promotion of research and teaching in all areas of applied linguistics across Canada. Its specific objectives are to oversee the organization of the annual ACLA conference and the biannual publication of The Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics. ACLA is affiliated internationally with the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) and, on the national level, with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) under the auspices of which it holds its annual conference.
The Center for English Language Learners at AIR
AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. The Center's overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For the Center, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives them.
The Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL)
COERLL's mission is to produce and disseminate Open Educational Resources (OERs) for the Internet public (e.g., online language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, corpora, etc.). The term OER refers to any educational material offered freely for anyone to use, typically involving some permission to re-mix, improve, and redistribute. Thus, COERLL seeks to promote a culture of collaboration that lies at the heart of the Open Education movement. In addition, COERLL aims to reframe foreign language education in terms of bilingualism and/or multilingualism. As such, all COERLL resources strive to represent more accurately language development and performance along dialectal and proficiency continua.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung [German Society for Foreign Language Research]
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung [German Society for Foreign Language Research] seeks to bring together researchers who are active in one or more of the following fields (1) teaching and learning of foreign languages; (2) acquisition and use of second languages; (3) multilingualism; and (4) intercultural learning. The mission of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung is to (1) support research related to foreign languages; (2) promote developments in second and foreign language learning and teaching in universities, schools and other institutions of learning; (3) provide support to up-and-coming young academics in foreign language-related research; and (4) safeguard institutional conditions for foreign language-related research, language teaching and the education of foreign language teachers at universities and other institutions in tertiary education.
The Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC)
The Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC) is a university-based research and service organization that is part of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts in the Department of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The ICIC conducts internationally recognized linguistics research on language and intercultural communication. The Center also provides practical intercultural and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) trainings in academic, professional, and other occupational contexts that are informed by its research. ICIC's current research is focused on academic support for international researchers and scholars. The Center’s genre analysis based research has resulted in the development of an intercultural communication and language workshop series. The goal of these ESP workshops is to equip non-native English speaking researchers and scholars with practical skills to improve their scholarship. The Center also researches health communication among linguistically and culturally diverse populations. ICIC's research has resulted in the development of the Interpersonal Communication Assessment (ICA), which measures medical residents' knowledge of U.S. clinical and residential norms for improved interactions with diverse patients and colleagues.
The Intrepid Foundation
The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund that supports non-government organizations in the places Intrepid visits. They support projects working in the areas of health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development, and in environmental and wildlife protection.
The Language Policy Research Network (LPREN)
The Language Policy Research Network (LPREN) is an international organization of researchers, scholars, and stakeholders in the field of educational language policy. We host colloquia at conferences, invite publications related to the field, convene at events, and share resources, announcements, and other opportunities via the LPREN listserv.
The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)
The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) advances quality education and equal opportunity by promoting fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial evaluations of students, teachers and schools. FairTest also works to end the misuses and flaws of testing practices that impede those goals. FairTest places special emphasis on eliminating the racial, class, gender, and cultural barriers to equal opportunity posed by standardized tests, and preventing their damage to the quality of education. Based on goals and principles, FairTest provides information, technical assistance and advocacy on a broad range of testing concerns, focusing on three areas: K-12, university admissions, and employment tests.
The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) is a federally funded research and development center focused solely on adult learning. NCSALL's efforts are dedicated to improving practice in educational programs that serve adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma. NCSALL both informs and learns from practice. Its rigorous, high quality research increases knowledge and gives those teaching, managing, and setting policy in adult literacy education a sound basis for making decisions. NCSALL is also a leader in designing innovative professional development programs and in building support for research use.
The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP)
The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization working to increase access to higher education for economically disadvantaged students. Confident that education paves the way to social equity, NCCEP advances college access through advocacy, training, and research.
The New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT)
The NZALT is professional association of over 600 teachers of languages (other than English or Māori as first languages) from the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. The Association offers its members a nationwide network of committed and enthusiastic language teachers, support in the teaching and learning of languages, links with specialist language associations, regional meetings and in-service opportunities, professional development awards and ASIA 2000 funding assistance, biennial conference with national and international speakers, representation on official committees and panels, and advocacy on key issues.
The Spencer Foundation
The Spencer Foundation, according to its website, believes that cultivating knowledge and new ideas about education will ultimately improve students’ lives and enrich society. The foundation pursues its mission by awarding research grants and fellowships, and by strengthening the connections among education research, policy, and practice through its communications and networking activities.
University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP)
UCIEP is committed to setting and achieving high standards in Intensive English Programs (IEPs), to educating institutions to the fact that adequate support of IEPs would lead to international students better prepared to succeed in their academic studies, and to providing a forum for IEP directors to exchange ideas, information and experiences. UCIEP mission is the advancement of professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs at universities and colleges in the United States.
WestEd
WestEd, a research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.