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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Pearson Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning, and great teaching.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
LINCS is a national dissemination and professional development system, providing information on literacy research, practice, and resources.
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 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.