ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE AS A SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH (CASLAR)
Section 1 Name and Residence
The Association of Chinese as a Second Language Research (hereinafter: “CASLAR”) has its office in Albany, New York or at any such location designated by the Executive Board. It is governed by an Executive Board (hereinafter: “the Board”).
Section 2 Purpose
CASLAR is a non-profit professional organization that has no membership fee. The purpose of CASLAR is to initiate, promote and support research on the acquisition, development and use of Chinese as a Second Language and bring together scholars from all over the world who share this interest. CASLAR encourages interaction, cooperation and scholarly debate between researchers representing different subfields of linguistics with a focus on Chinese as a Second Language. It is a forum for researchers who are looking for new theories, tools and methods in the investigation of the process of acquiring, learning and teaching Chinese as a Second Language.
CASLAR achieves its goals:
-by stimulating activities in the scientific and academic communities;
-by facilitating the coordination of scientific events (conferences, exhibitions, workshops, summer institutes, etc.);
-by encouraging the dissemination of knowledge and information (through summer institutes, regular newsletters and journals, websites, etc);
-by supporting the publication and the dissemination of scientific works;
-by promoting the diversity of topics researched and studied;
-by facilitating scientific exchange and cooperation with other similar, national or international organizations;
-by stimulating, and collaborating with, local, regional, and global initiatives in the field of Chinese as a Second Language.
-by engaging in any other activities of general interest to the scientific and academic communities.
Section 3 Membership
CASLAR is composed of full, personal members, institutional members, honorary members, associated members, and student members. Membership is free. It requires a statement sent to
The Board shall keep a register with the names and addresses of the members.
Section 4 Executive Board
4.1. The Board consists of at least ten persons, elected for a term of four years, and voted for by the majority of the full and honorary members (one member, one vote). Only full personal members of the CASLAR can be members of the Board. The Board members elect CASLAR’s President, and its Secretary from among their own ranks. The President of CASLAR serves as Chairman of the Board. The present Board remains in office for four years.
4.2. The Board meets as often as is necessary. Board meetings are convened by the President or at the request of at least three of its members. The presence of at least half the members of the Board is required to constitute a quorum and for decisions and resolutions to be valid. Minutes of the meetings shall be taken by the Secretary or a designated member; they shall be signed by the President and the Secretary.
4.3. Board decisions are made by a simple majority of votes. In case the vote is tied, the President decides. Decisions not concerning persons may be made by oral vote. Decisions concerning persons shall be by written ballot.
4.4 Presidents' Advisory Board consists of the Executive Secretary and 3-4 members from the Executive Board. Their task is to advise the President and the Executive Board on operative matters and activities of the organization.
4.5. To ensure continuity was agreed what follows:
a) only half of Board leaves after 4 years,
b) either President or Vice-president can leave (not both) after 4 years,
c) in 2017 an ad-hoc Committee should be appointed by the President and Board to make recommendation on new Board members, President and Vice-president,
d) President, Executive Secretary and Board members can serve no more than 2 terms.
Section 5 General Assembly
5.1. The General Assembly of CASLAR is composed of all full personal and honorary members, having each one vote. The General Assembly meets every two years during the Association’s biennial conference; corporate and institutional members may attend the meetings, but do not vote. The General Assembly is convened by the Board or at the request of at least one fifth of its members. Its agenda is drawn up by the Board; members may request items to be placed on the agenda. The President of CASLAR chairs the meeting.
5.2. The General Assembly approves the reports delivered to it on the management of CASLAR, the state of the Association, and other, related matters.
Section 6 Committees
The Board is authorized to create committees for specific purposes, which report directly to the Board, and serve for a period of time to be determined by the Board, the members of said committees being appointed and dismissed by the Board.
Section 7 By-laws
The Board draws up by-laws necessary to run CASLAR efficiently.
Section 8 Modifications and dissolution
8.1. The CASLAR statutes may be modified by the members of the General Assembly by a majority of the votes cast on a motion duly approved by the Board.
8.2. The dissolution of CASLAR needs the approval of at least two thirds of all the members of the General Assembly by oral vote or written ballot.
8.3. The Board applies and interprets the statutes.
8.4. CASLAR denomination is a coinage and it is patented under the name of Istvan Kecskes.
Founding Members of the Association:
President: Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York, Albany)
Executive Secretary: Carlotta Sparvoli (University of Parma, Italy)
President’s Advisory Board
Jane Orton, University of Melbourne, Melbourne
Shih-Chang Hsin, National Taiwan Normal University
Lizhen Peng, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
Executive Board Members:
Shen Jiaxuan, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Wu Weiping, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Alain Peyraube, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, Paris, France)
Jane Medwell, University of Nottingham
Xiaolu Wang, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
ZhaoHong Han, Columbia University
Jian-Qin Wang, Professor, Beijing Language University
Jianming Lu, Peking University
Hongyin Tao, University of California, Los Angeles
Helen Shen, University of Iowa
The President’s Advisory Board members and the Executive Secretary are also members of the Executive Board.
本会定名为「汉语作为第二语言研究学会」，英文名称为Association of Chinese as a Second Language（英文简称为CASLAR，以下简称本会)。本会会址设于美国纽约州奥尔巴尼市或其他任何经由执行委员会批准的地区。本会受执行委会（以下简称执委会）管辖。
第四款 ‘CASLAR’ 名称由Istvan Kecskes创立，并有专利权。
主席：Istvan Kecskes （纽约州立大学奥尔巴尼分校）
执行秘书：Carlotta Sparvoli (帕玛大学，意大利)
Jane Orton （墨尔本大学）
Shih-Chang Hsin (国立台湾师范大学)
Weiping Wu (香港中文大学)
Alain Peyraube (法国国家科学研究中心)
Jane Medwell (诺丁汉大学)
Zhaohong Han (哥伦比亚大学)
Jian-Qin Wang (北京语言大学)
Hongyin Tao (加利福尼亚大学洛杉矶分校)
Helen Shen (爱荷华大学)