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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.