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Network of English Language Enhancement (ELE) is a unique platform to improve English language skills for AKU Students, Staff and faculty. ELE provide numerous courses to develop the knowledge on four foundational skills RWSL (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) of language learning in English.


Linguistic Association of Pakistan (LAP) is to provide a platform to students, teachers and scholars of language and linguistics in Pakistan so that they may discuss and share with each other the progress of their research work and research opportunities in language and linguistics and hence to promote social and scientific study of language in the country. LAP collaborate with the academic institutions and other language-related organizations of the country in developing linguistic resources, organizing linguistic events and publishing linguistic research. Its also help the government institutions to investigate language problems of the multilingual country of Pakistan.


The Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT) is a registered, non-political, non-government (NGO), voluntary body of English Language teachers from schools, colleges and universities. Formed in 1984, in Karachi, it is dedicated to improving the standard of English teaching and learning in Pakistan. SPELT operates on the principle of team work and self-help to enable maximum exploitation of the limited resources available in the country. As a body it attempts to be well informed about recent developments in teaching techniques, which invariably need to be modified in order to suit the needs and limitations of the Pakistani situation. It is affiliated with a number of international organizations like TESOL (USA), IATEFL (UK), etc.



The International Society for the linguistics of English (ISLE) is to promote the study of English Language, the study of the structure and history of standard and non-standard varieties of English, in terms of both form and function, at an international level. Society aim to provide a geographically and theoretically neutral central contact point for all those who are academically active and who identify with this aim. ISLE is the first global umbrella organisation fulfilling this role.



TESOL International Association, formerly  known as Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, which is the largest professional organization for teachers of English as a second or foreign language. The organization was created out of professional concern over the lack of a single, all-inclusive professional organization that might bring together teachers and administrators at all educational levels with an interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL). TESOL is an international association of professionals advancing the quality of English language teaching through professional development, research, standards, and advocacy.



International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) is a global professional membership association, and a UK registered charity, and yet we remain a community. We support teachers and other ELT professionals in their professional development, and provide a platform where they can offer their views, exchange research and teaching experiences and learn from each other.



The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) is a professional organization of scholars who are interested in and actively contribute to the multi-disciplinary field of applied linguistics. AAAL members promote principled approaches to language-related concerns, including language education, acquisition and loss, bilingualism, discourse analysis, literacy, rhetoric and stylistics, language for special purposes, psycholinguistics, second and foreign language pedagogy, language assessment, and language policy and planning.



The Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB) is the leading professional association for academic linguists in Great Britain, and others. Its scope includes all branches of linguistics – formal or functional, theoretical or descriptive, synchronic or diachronic, social or psychological (or neither), concerned with one language or many. Its accommodate a wide range of different theories of language structure, and all theoretical persuasions.



AILA is the acronym for Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée or International Association of Applied Linguistics. AILA (originally founded in 1964 in France) is an international federation of national and regional associations of Applied Linguistics. AILA has a membership of more than 8.000 individuals worldwide who as researchers, policy makers or practitioners are active in the field of Applied Linguistics.



The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is to promote language learning and cultural understanding by serving as a trusted source for research, resources, and policy analysis. Through its work, CAL seeks solutions to issues involving language and culture as they relate to access and equity in education and society around the globe.



International Association of World Englishes (IAWE), a non-profit corporation, aims to establish links among those who are involved with any aspect of World Englishes in research and/or teaching. The association focuses on global issues relating to three major aspects of World Englishes - language, literature, and pedagogy. IAWE is committed to the study of the forms and functions of varieties of Englishes in diverse cultural and sociolinguistic contexts.



The International Language Testing Association (ILTA) is an international group of language testing and assessment scholars and practitioners whose dedication and work are respected both within and outside the profession, and who together define what it means to be a language tester. ILTA’s purpose is to promote the improvement of language testing throughout the world.


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