Section 1: Name.
The name of this self-governing organization will be the Asian-Pacific
Association for Multimedia Assisted Language Learning, hereafter referred to as
APAMALL. The APAMALL consists of national Associations in Asian Pacific
Section 2: Purposes
APAMALL is to be a professional, non-profit membership organization working
toward the goal of improving language instruction through the use of multimedia
technology. Its purpose is to promote more effective use and a better
understanding of multimedia-based instruction in language resource centers and
at computer stations at all levels of education and training. The ultimate goal
of the APAMALL is to facilitate more effective learning through the improved
management and use of the computer and other forms of technology-based
instruction. APAMALL provides opportunities for the membership to enhance their
professional productivity and creativity. Its focus is on the improvement of the
learning and teaching environment, including staffing, facilities, and media
APAMALL is an all-inclusive Association that values differences in people
and diversity within our organization and the profession. APAMALL does not
discriminate against any individual or group and supports fair treatment of all
peoples within our diverse cultures and profession.
To accomplish this goal, APAMALL will:
Section 2.1. Establish
a member association in order to provide communication among professionals in
the field of technology-based language instruction. Members include university
professors and instructors, grade school teachers, directors of language
laboratories or language media centers, supervisors, and others whose interests
and assignments bring them in contact with the administration or operation of
technology-based learning programs in language education and training.
Section 2.2. Encourage research
and development of improved methods, procedures and technologies which enhance
the use of the computer for more effective instruction.
Section 2.3 Publish a journal, The APAMALL Journal of
Language Learning Technologies once a year, and a newsletter, the APAMALL
News Review twice a year, with articles and information in support of the
APAMALL's purpose and goals.
Section 2.4 Hold a biennial conference under the
sponsorship of APAMALL’s
national associations and sponsor sessions at other international,
national and regional meetings to provide a forum for the presentation of recent
developments in using technology effectively in language teaching and learning.
Section 2.5 Maintain a Professional Services Center that
distributes APAMALL-sponsored publications in print and on tape which are
pertinent to the profession.
Section 2.6 Develop productive relationships and maintain
regular communication with other professional associations and organizations
having similar or complementary purposes.
Section 2.7 Provide a Membership Directory.
Section 3: Membership. Any person or
organization interested in the purposes and objectives of the APAMALL may become
a member upon payment of membership fees.
Section 3.1 Memberships
Section 3.1.1 All national associations shall send
their membership dues to APAMALL each year
Section 3.1.2. The annual dues
are determined by the Board of Directors. The membership year runs from January
1 to December 31.
Section 3.2.1 Student membership
is open to all individuals enrolled as full-time students at either the graduate
or undergraduate level. The student must be sponsored by a current, non-student
member of the APAMALL.
Section 3.2.2 Educational
institutions/agencies and libraries may become Library members of the APAMALL to
receive a copy of the Journal.
Section 3.2.3 Publishers,
manufacturers, and other commercial organizations may become Commercial members
of the APAMALL.
No part of
the net earnings of the APAMALL shall accrue to the benefit of, or be
distributed to, its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons,
except in so far as the Association shall be authorized and empowered by its
Board of Directors, Supervisory Council and Membership to pay reasonable
compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in
furtherance of the purposes set forth in Section 2 of this Constitution.
II: Governance and Officers
Section 1: Governance. The determination
of policy and the direction of the affairs of the APAMALL will be the
responsibility of Board of Directors whose members are to be elected or
appointed, and who will function as described in this Constitution. Every member
of the Board and Council must be a member in good standing of the APAMALL.
Section 2: Board of Directors. The Board of
Directors of the APAMALL consists of elected officers: a President, a
President-Elect, Vice-presidents, a Secretary General, a Programs Director, a
Treasurer, a Journal Editor, an International Liaison Director, and an
International Coordinator. The office of the President-Elect will be filled by
one of the Vice-Presidents, each representing each of the national associations.
The new incumbent will then serve (rotate) in each of the three presidential
offices on this basis: two years as President-Elect, followed by two years as
President (unless otherwise decided), followed again by two years as President
Emeritus. President Emeritus can be
re-appointed. The Secretary
General, Programs Director, Treasurer, Journal Editor, International Liaison
Director, International Coordinator will be elected for a term of two years.
Nomination of Presidential Officers. 1) The first
President of the APAMALL is to be nominated by the Founding Committee and must
be endorsed by the members of the APAMALL by general consent. 2) Vice-Presidents
shall be selected by each national association in a way each itself shall
decide. 3) The second President of the APAMALL (namely president-elect ) shall
be nominated from among the Vice-Presidents by the Board of Directors and must
be endorsed by all members present at the first APAMALL conference. But the
first President-Elect shall be nominated by the Founding Committee along with
the President. 4) The Secretary
General, Program Director, Treasurer, Journal Editor, International Liaison
Director, International Coordinator will be chosen by the Board of Directors.
Section 2.1.1 All
terms begin at the end of the business meeting during which officers are
Section 2.1.2 Duties
of elected officers are as follows:
Section 184.108.40.206 The President acts
as the executive head of the APAMALL, presides at all APAMALL business meetings,
including those of the Board of Directors, Council and General Membership, and
carries out the instructions of the Board of Directors. The President appoints
all non-elected members of the APAMALL council with Board approval.
Section 220.127.116.11 The
President-Elect works with the President to initiate new ideas and directions
for APAMALL and represents the President whenever the latter so requests. She/He
is responsible for gathering and disseminating organizational news and acts as
liaison with Regional Groups. In the absence or disability of the President, the
President-Elect performs the duties and exercises the powers of the President.
Section 18.104.22.168 The Secretary
General records and prepares minutes of proceedings for all Board, Council and
Membership meetings and conference calls. The minutes of all meetings and
conference calls are to be distributed to all Board Directors and copies are to
be made available to other APAMALL members upon request. She/He maintains the
current copies of the APAMALL Constitution, job descriptions, and operating
procedures and distributes them as needed. The Secretary General performs other
duties as prescribed by the Board of Directors or by the President.
Section 22.214.171.124 The Treasurer is
the custodian of all APAMALL funds. He/She collects membership dues, fees and
other money due to APAMALL and pays bills owed by APAMALL. He/She maintains the
official APAMALL address, acts as the designated contact for information about
APAMALL, and maintains and distributes the membership list. The Treasurer
coordinates the financial affairs of the Journal Committee and Professional
Services Committee and maintains records on APAMALL-purchased equipment and
software. He/She prepares an annual budget for review by the Board of Directors
during the Summer Meeting, presents mid-year and year-end reports, submits the
books for audit every four years, and preserves the financial records of the
Association, eventually transmitting them to his/her successor.
Section 126.96.36.199 The Programs
Director is responsible to the Board of Directors for organizing all conference
programs for the Association. The Programs Director recruits and coordinates
affiliate representatives for all conferences where APAMALL sponsors sessions.
The Programs Director acts as Columnist for the APAMALL Journal. He/She
edits the conference reports of affiliate representatives and submits them to
the Journal editor for publication. Via his/her work with the affiliate
representatives, the Programs Director actively encourages qualified conference
presenters to publish their work in the APAMALL Journal.
Section 188.8.131.52. The International Liaison Director is
responsible for making contacts among national associations for the conferences and other businesses.
Section 2.1.7. The International Coordinator is
responsible for making contacts with people of other national associations and
makes efforts to draw memberships. He/she assists the International Liaison
Directors of national
associations in their taking care of relations between both associations.
Section 3: Advisory
Committee. The Advisory
Committee will consist of scholars recommended by each association. They will advise the Board
of Directors in their carrying out various missions. They will participate in
driving find-raising. Unless otherwise specified, they are to be appointed for a
term of two years and may be reappointed.
Section 4: Policy. The Board of Directors will
determine the official policy of the APAMALL. Policy resolutions may be drafted
and submitted by the Council, any member, or any others interested in the more
effective use and understanding of language learning and multimedia. These
suggestions will be considered by the Board of Directors and may be adopted as
the official policy of the APAMALL.
Section 4.1 Policy. The official policy must
exclude reference to commercial manufacturers, i.e., no product endorsements.
Exceptional situations which may affect the integrity of the organization and
the profession (such as fraud or purposeful misrepresentation) may be considered
for policy adoption upon notification of such intent in the APAMALL journal and
an appropriate discussion at the next scheduled annual meeting.
Section 5: Regional Groups and Affiliates.
Regional Groups of the APAMALL may be organized upon the recommendation of the
Board of Directors and approval of the Council. Any active state, regional,
national or international organization whose interests and purposes are similar
to those of the APAMALL may become affiliated with APAMALL, for the purpose of
working together more effectively in the achievement of common goals.
Section 5.1 Groups. Local or regional Groups may
be franchised upon approval of the Board Directors with signatures of more than
half of the Board Directors.
Section 5.1.1 The Group leader
must be a member in good standing of the APAMALL.
Section 5.1.2 Each Group is
responsible for its own structure, providing that this structure does not
violate the Constitution of the APAMALL.
Section 5.1.3 Each Group must
maintain a minimum membership of ten and hold at least one meeting per year.
Each group must publish one newsletter per year (with copies to be sent to other
regional group leaders, all APAMALL Board Directors, the APAMALL Journal Editor,
and all APAMALL members in their area). Groups may be disenfranchised by action
of the Council when they fail to maintain adequate membership or activity.
Section 5.2 Affiliates. Upon approval by the
Board, independent organizations with similar goals and activities may be
granted the affiliate status with APAMALL. The Board Directors determine the
appropriateness of the affiliation and the provisions of the affiliation.
Likewise, The Board Directors may initiate affiliation of the APAMALL with
another organization in keeping with the goals of the APAMALL.
Section 6 Publication
of the Constitution. The Constitution shall be reviewed periodically and
revised if necessary by the Board of Directors, and published and distributed to
Section 6.1 Publication of Constitution. The
Editor of the APAMALL Journal must publish the Constitution in the
Journal at least once every two years.
Section 6.1.1 Approved
amendments to the Constitution must be published in the issue of the Journal
that immediately follows their adoption.
Section 1 Proposals for Constitutional Amendments
from the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee. Proposals to amend the
Constitution must receive a majority vote of the Board Directors and, with the
Board’s recommendation, must be submitted to a vote by the membership.
Section 2 Proposals for Constitutional Amendments
from the Membership. Proposals for amending the Constitution may be
submitted to the President by a petition signed by five percent of active
members of the APAMALL. After validating the signatures of the petition, the
Ex-President will take the necessary steps to present the proposed amendment to
the membership for a written-ballot vote.
Section 3 Effective Date. An amendment to the
Constitution becomes effective when it has been approved by no less than
two-thirds present at the annual conference.