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EUROCALL: Informe anual 2000-2001

Informe anual 2000/2001 (inglés) | Acta de la Asamblea General de Socios, Nimega (Holanda) 30/08/2001 (inglés)

EUROCALL Annual Report 2000/2001

Headquarters and secretariat
EUROCALL continued to operate from the C&IT Centre of the Language Institute at the University of Hull, with June Thompson as Secretary, Graham Chesters as Treasurer and Julie Venner as Membership Secretary, assisted by Fred Riley, Janet Bartle and Claire Cartlich.

Executive Committee
Members of the Executive Committee for the period in question are listed below. Members of the Committee attend two meetings a year, normally at the expense of their own institution but with assistance from EUROCALL if they have no other source of funding. In between meetings, discussion is carried out through a closed e-mail discussion list. Committee members also serve on the Academic Advisory Panel of EUROCALL's journal, ReCALL, and on the programme committee for EUROCALL conferences. EUROCALL does not pay any fees for the services of its committee members.

Ms Francoise Blin (elected)
School of Applied Languages (SALIS)
Dublin City University

Ms Nicole Chénik (co-opted)
UFR Informatique de Gestion
Université Paris IX Dauphine

Prof Graham Chesters, Treasurer (appointed)
Institute for Learning
University of Hull

Prof Graham Davies (elected)
Commercial Development Unit
Thames Valley University

Dr Philippe Delcloque (observer - 2000 conference organiser)
School of Management
University of Abertay Dundee

Dr W E Ditters (observer - 2001 conference organiser)
TCMO
Nijmegen University

Dr Ana Gimeno (elected Vice-President)
Departamento de Idiomas
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Dr Robin Goodfellow (co-opted)
The Open University

Ms Lis Kornum (co-opted)
Christianshavns Gymnasium
Copenhagen

Dipl.-Math. Stephan Pohlmann (observer - co-ordinator of national representatives)
Universitaet Rostock

Prof Dr Bernd Rüschoff, President (elected President)
Universität Gesamthochschule Essen

Dr Mathias Schulze (elected)
UMIST

Ms Maija Tammelin (elected)
Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration

Ms June Thompson, Secretary (appointed)
The Language Institute
University of Hull

Membership
Total membership of EUROCALL fell from 438 to 380. The issue of trying to boost membership is being seriously addressed by the Executive Committee. The table below gives a breakdown of the countries represented. EUROCALL continues to operate a reciprocal arrangement with affiliated associations such as CALICO, so that members of these associations are entitled to certain EUROCALL benefits and vice-versa.
2001 EUROCALL Members by country (paid) at 31 July 2001

COUNTRY CORPORATE/COMMERCIAL INDIVIDUAL TOTAL
Australia
0
4
4
Austria
1
6
7
Belgium
9
16
25
Brazil
0
1
1
Canada
1
8
9
Chile
1
3
4
Czech Republic
1
0
1
Denmark
1
8
9
Estonia
0
1
1
Finland
6
16
22
France
3
19
22
Germany
7
25
32
Greece
0
17
17
Hong Kong
1
1
2
Hungary
0
1
1
Ireland
8
13
21
Israel
1
2
3
Italy
3
8
11
Japan
0
16
16
Korea
0
1
1
Netherlands
8
6
14
New Zealand
1
1
2
Norway
2
2
4
Poland
0
2
2
Portugal
2
2
4
South Africa
0
1
1
Spain
2
11
13
Sweden
3
2
5
Switzerland
3
7
10
Turkey
1
0
1
United Kingdom
37
56
93
USA
0
21
21
TOTAL
102
278
380

 

Finance
Income in membership fees amounted to £19,708. The surplus from the Dundee conference had not been received by the year-end, and the predicted profit from ReCALL subscriptions was not achieved, thus the budgeted deficit of £2,600 actually became a deficit of £8,144. It was hoped that a small overall surplus would be generated in the year 2001-2002.

Publication
Two issues of ReCALL were distributed via Cambridge University Press. These were made available to subscribers electronically by password access.

Despite considerable investment by CUP in the marketing of ReCALL, library subscriptions were not as high as predicted. It was hoped that this situation would improve, once ReCALL becomes more visible, especially in North America. The Editorial Board for the year 2000-2001 is listed below:

Editors
Graham Chesters and June Thompson, University of Hull, UK

Reviews Editor
Janet Bartle, University of Hull, UK

Editorial Board
Angela Chambers, University of Limerick, Ireland.
Carol A. Chapelle, TESL/Applied Linguistics, Ames, IA, USA.
Graham Davies, Thames Valley University, UK
Françoise Demaizière, Université Paris 6/7, France.
Robert Fischer, Southwest Texas State University, TX, USA.
Nina Garrett, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA.
Michael Levy, University of Queensland, Qld, Australia.
Peter G Liddell, University of Victoria, Canada.
David Little, University of Dublin, Ireland.
Sue K Otto, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA.
Dieter Wolff, Bergische Universität, Wuppertal, Germany.

Resources
Members are able to access a wide range of relevant resources via the EUROCALL website, including the Online Software Database at http://www.lang.ltsn.ac.uk/cit/swdb.html and Internet Resources for Language Teachers and Learners at http://www.lang.ltsn.ac.uk/cit/langsite/index.html as well as Software, Website and Book Reviews at http://www.lang.ltsn.ac.uk/cit/reviews.html, and various other resources, all accessible via http://www.lang.ltsn.ac.uk/cit/index.html.

Information service
Enquiries and visitors
Over the year, the Hull team dealt with 50 enquiries from EUROCALL members and received 4 visitors who spent time, usually relating to their research, examining software and publications in the dedicated CALL libraries held at Hull.

Discussion list
At the end of the period in question, there were 271 registered users of the discussion list. The list is open to members and non-members alike and continues to be regularly used.

Website
The EUROCALL website at www.eurocall.org continues to be maintained and enhanced by Fred Riley who has also made a number of improvements to the accessibility of resources via the Subject Centre site.

Regional representatives
Stephan Pohlmann has continued to co-ordinate the national / regional representatives, who act as contacts in their own particular regions, to stimulate relevant activity locally and to promote membership of EUROCALL. Local websites have been established in Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland and Spain. The representatives meet annually at the conference to share ideas, and the Co-ordinator of the representatives is co-opted onto the EUROCALL Executive Committee as an observer.

Conference
Another successful annual conference was held at the University of Abertay Dundee, organised by Philippe Delcloque. A highlight of the conference was the History of CALL Exhibition, organised by Philippe and jointly funded by EUROCALL and CALICO. A selection of papers from the conference were published in ReCALL volume 13.

Research Award
There were four submissions for the annual EUROCALL Research Award, 2001. All were of high quality, and it was decided to allow all candidates an opportunity to revise their papers in the light of reviewers' comments, before making the award.

The János Kohn Scholarship
Péter Gál of the University of Veszprem, Hungary, attended the Dundee conference as holder of the 1999-2000 Scholarship. His report on the conference was published in ReCALL 12 (2).

There were four applications for the 2000-2001 Scholarship, which was awarded to Ida Dringo-Horvath of the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest for attendance at the Nijmegen conference.

Special Interest Groups
Successful pre-conference workshops were held at the Dundee conference by both the Instil and the Language Processing SIGs. Both SIGs are operated jointly with CALICO. Full information on both SIGs may be found on the EUROCALL website at http://www.eurocall.org/sigs.htm

Affiliations
Contact with major national and international associations such as CALICO, IALLT and ATELL continues, and progress has been made towards the establishment of WorldCALL, to act as an 'umbrella' association. The second WorldCALL conference is scheduled to be held in Banff, Canada in May 2003.

June Thompson
Secretary, EUROCALL


Minutes of the EUROCALL Annual General Meeting
held on 30 August 2001 at the EUROCALL 2001 Conference
Nijmegen, the Netherlands

 

Present:

Tom Ammerlaan
Rita Meissner
Paul Bangs
Valere Meus
David Barr
Liam Murray
Janet Bartle
Martine Nicollerat
Wendy Benoit
Jose Noijons
Françoise Blin
Victoria Gonzalez Pagani (CALICO)
Gavin Burnage
Panayis Panayi
Nicole Chenik
Frede Pedersen
Graham Chesters (Treasurer)
Cristina Pérez Guillot
Alejandro Curado
Carmen Pinilla
Graham Davies
Amelia Plasencia
Philippe Delcloque
Stephan Pohlmann
Everhard Ditters
Markus Ritter
John Gillespie
Bernd Rüschoff (President)
Ana Gimeno (Vice-President)
Mathias Schulze
Michael Goethals
Kirsten Söntgens
Robin Goodfellow
Peppi Taalas
Marianne Hartehius
Pius Ten Hacken
Sake Jager
Val Thornber
Inge-Anna Koleff
Cornelia Tschichold
Lis Kornum
Miranda van Rossum
Michel Labour
Annie van Rysbergen
Marie-Noelle Lamy
June Thompson (Secretary)
Sylvia Lobbe
Julie Venner
Jane McKee
 

 

1. Minutes
The Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held at the University of Abertay Dundee on 1st September were accepted and signed as a true record. Proposer: Françoise Blin, seconder Michael Goethals, passed nem con.

2. Matters arising
There were no matters arising.

3. President's Report
Prof Dr Bernd Rüschoff presented the first annual report of his presidency, the full text of which would appear on the EUROCALL website. The following points were highlighted:

Acceptance of the President's Report was proposed by Jane McKee, seconded by Mathias Schulze and accepted nem con.

4. Executive Committee
The President outlined a proposal to streamline the process of electing members of the Executive Committee, which would be implemented at the 2002 conference. Full details of the arrangements would be posted on the EUROCALL website in advance of the nomination process. In order to avoid a situation where the whole Executive Committee were due to stand for re-election, Bernd Rüschoff and Graham Davies would stand for re-election in 2002, then in 2003 four members would stand down. Of the four candidates elected, those with the third and fourth lowest number of votes would serve for two years only, thus creating a system whereby in the future two members of the committee would stand down each year.

5. Treasurer's Report
Professor Graham Chesters, Treasurer of EUROCALL, presented the Audited Accounts showing income and expenditure for the year 1 August 2000 to 31 July 2001, together with comparative figures for the agreed Budget for the year in question. He expressed serious concern over the fact that, although a deficit of £600 had been budgeted for, the actual deficit was £8,144, and indicated that if no change were achieved within 3/4 years there was a possibility of insolvency. The Treasurer outlined the reasons for the deficit as follows:

The Treasurer drew attention to the level of payments which demonstrated the difficulty of cutting back costs. There was a clear need to increase membership figures which currently stood at around 380 and needed to be 500/600.

The Treasurer then presented the Budget for 2001-2002, indicating that membership fees would not be increased for that year, but that there might well be a need to increase them in 2002-2003.

Acceptance of the Audited Accounts was proposed by Lis Kornum, seconded by Sylvia Lobbe and passed nem con.

Acceptance of the Budget was proposed by Markus Ritter, seconded by Lis Kornum (with one correction to ReCALL Vol 13 2001), and passed nem con.

In response to a query, it was agreed that the Accounts would be shown in Euros as well as sterling in future.

It was confirmed that the Executive Committee and the National Representatives were taking steps to try to increase membership.

In response to a query about EUROCALL securing discounts for travel to conferences, it was confirmed that this was an issue to be addressed by local organisers.

6. Conferences
It was confirmed that the conference would be held in Jyväskylä, Finland in 2002 and that proposals were requested for 2003/4/5. The President also drew attention to the WorldCALL conference, scheduled to take place in Banff, Canada, in May 2003.

June Thompson
Secretary, EUROCALL

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