CASLAR Statues

Association of Chinese as a Second Language Research

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 with information about name, affiliation, email address and interest

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。














本会会员包括正式会员(full member)、个人会员(personal member)、机构会员(institutional member)、荣誉会员(honorary member)、附属会员(associated member)和学生会员(student member)。入会者需要发送入会意向至,并标注姓名、所属院所、邮箱和研究方向。执行委员会会把会员信息登记备案。



第一款 执委会的组成不少于十名委员,委员任期四年。执委会由全体正式会员和荣誉会员本着一人一票的原则选出。只有本会的正式会员才有权成为执委会委员。执委会负责推选本会主席和执行秘书。学会主席兼任执委会主席。现任执委会任期四年。


第二款 执委会定期召开会议。执委会主席或三名以上的委员有权召集会议。执委会委员至少要超过半数出席,会议所作出的决议方可有效。会议的备忘录由执行秘书或指定委员记录,须由主席和执行秘书签字。


第三款 执委会按照少数服从多数的原则作出决议。当两方人数相当时,主席有权作出决定。与人相关的决议须书面投票,其他情况可口头投票。


第四款 主席顾问委员会



第五款 为保证连贯性,我们规定:







第一款 学会大会由全体正式会员和荣誉会员参加,一人一票。大会每两年一次,并



第二款 大会审议、核准与学会管理、运作和其他相关事项的报告。





第七条: 附则




第一款 大会成员可在执委会批准下发起动议,按照少数服从多数的原则投票,对章程进行修改。


第二款 解散本学会须经全体与会人员不低于三分之二人数的投票(口头或者纸质)。


第三款 执委会对章程有解释权。


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)




沈家煊 (中国社会科学院)

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)

王小潞 (浙江大学)

Zhaohong Han (哥伦比亚大学)

Jian-Qin Wang (北京语言大学)

陆俭明 (北京大学)

Hongyin Tao (加利福尼亚大学洛杉矶分校)

Helen Shen (爱荷华大学)