LINGUIST List 25.3954

Wed Oct 08 2014

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition/France

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 06-Oct-2014
From: Jean-François Brouttier <>
Subject: 22nd RANACLES Conference: Quality Assurance and Evaluation in Language Centres
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Full Title: 22nd RANACLES Conference: Quality Assurance and Evaluation in Language Centres
Short Title: ranacles2014

Date: 27-Nov-2014 - 29-Nov-2014
Location: Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Contact Person: Jean-François Brouttier
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 21-Oct-2014

Meeting Description:

22nd annual Conference of RANACLES - French Higher Education Languages Centres Society

Quality Assurance and evaluation in Language Centres

Language Centres come in many forms and carry out many different missions. They try to reconcile several of the missions assigned to Higher Education: language training, cultural open-mindedness, training experts in language pedagogy and training course design, globalisation, as well as the reduction of inequality. They are at the intersection of several logics - academic, economic and social - behind the evolution of language training policies. What form of change is now taking place in Language Centres? What are the consequences for Language Centres for current policies in Higher Education?

Organisation of the Symposium:

The Symposium will take place on November 27, 28, and 29, 2014, at Boulogne-sur-Mer (CRL, ULCO), France.

Call for Papers:

How can one roll out the concept of Quality Assurance and/or Evaluation with reference to Language Centres in Higher Education? What aspects of a language centre can be part of the quality assurance process? How can we evaluate the efficiency of a Language Centre and those who work therein?

In numerous sectors excellence has become an objective. Quality Assurance is defined as the aptitude of an organisation to satisfy the level of quality wished for, desired, or prescribed. What meaning can be given to Quality Assurance in Higher Education ? The concept can include : quality management, a quality process, the evaluation of quality and the guarantee of quality. In Higher Education, the notion can be a synonym for the capacity to carry out a predetermined mission, the possibility of progress and transformation, even exceptional achievement.

Language Centres are no exception to the rule and the concept of evaluation is inevitably present here too. It may take the form of an internal evaluation (self-evaluation) where those directly involved in the Language Centres (students and personnel) are part of the process of improvement of the quality of service provided for the student. The performance indicators of the actions implemented within the framework of the university development plan can provide some guidelines: is the quantative or accountancy perspective which commonly results from the use of indicators (number of visits, number of connections to the Digital Workspace, and so on) positive for Language Centres ? What criteria need to be taken into consideration and implemented? How relevant are pathways of (semi-) autonomy in terms of completing the link-in with training in English for non-majors ? Are students’ personal projects and trajectories taken into account? Might research into the Didactics of languages and cultures be a motor for a quality-oriented approach for Language Centres ?


The deadline to send proposals (submitted to a scientific committee) is 21 October 2014. The proposals should be submitted to the Symposium website:


Scientific organisation: Professor Imelda Elliott, Dr. Emilie Perrichon and Professor Annick Rivens Mompean

Conference organisation: Jean-François Brouttier –

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