The name of the Association shall be

LESLLA: Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults

Aims and Activities

Regarding the second language and literacy development of beginning adult second language learners with little or no home language schooling/inadequate schooling or literacy, the Association promotes on worldwide, multidisciplinary basis, the sharing of:

  • research findings;

  • effective pedagogical practices;

  • information on policy


The common use of ‘second language’ indicates any additional language learned after early childhood.

‘Adult’ refers to individuals 15 years and older and ‘migrant’ to displaced persons (UNESCO).  

To this end the Association will:

  1. Gather and disseminate information among practitioners, researchers and policy makers;

  2. Promote cooperation and the pooling of resources;

  3. Form a body of expert opinion concerning second language and literacy development and effective pedagogical practices for adult migrants with little/no home language literacy;

  4. Foster broader awareness of the best ways to support the second language and literacy development of adult migrants with insufficient or inadequate home language literacy;

  5. Communicate using social media;

  6. Support and expand training and development for practitioners;

  7. Establish and maintain contacts with other bodies with related interests;

  8. Organize and sponsor an annual conference;

  9. Publish proceedings based on this conference.

Executive Committee

An Executive Committee shall consist of: a President; a Vice-President, a Secretary and Assistant Secretary, a Treasurer, an Assistant Treasurer, and a Communications Director.  

Executive Committee members shall be elected by all members in good standing. The term of Executive Committee members shall be two years, and their tenure shall be maximally two terms. 

The chairs and members of Standing Committees shall be appointed by the Executive Committee and shall participate in Executive Committee meetings on an ex officio basis.


Membership shall be on an individual basis and shall cost an amount to be agreed annually by the Executive Committee.

Annual Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall take place during the annual conference. Any member in good standing may vote at annual meetings. Minutes from the previous year’s meeting and accounts shall be prepared annually by the Secretary and Treasurer for approval at the Annual General Meeting.

Amendments to the Constitution

Changes to the constitution and to its by-laws may be made only at the Annual General Meeting and shall require a vote by two-thirds of the membership.

Dissolution of the Association

Should the Association be dissolved, the funds held by the Association shall be allocated to an association (to be decided by the Executive Committee) with similar aims and objectives. Dissolution shall only take place with a vote by two-thirds of the membership.

The rules and responsibilities not mentioned in the Constitution regarding the Executive Committee’s and other committees’ functions and activities including financial decisions are not part of the constitution. These rules and responsibilities are written by the Executive Committee and are flexible.  


Working Languages

In its meetings and publications the association shall promote, in as far as is feasible, the multilingual dissemination and exchange of spoken and written information.

Annual conference

At least every other year, the conference shall be held in a country in which English is not a main or official language.


Membership is open to any adult interested in the organisation. Membership shall commence from the first day of the annual conference and end when the next conference begins.

Standing committees

The Association’s Executive Committee shall create the standing committees and decide the size of these committees. Members shall be appointed to serve for two years and can be appointed for an additional two-year term. The Executive Committee has the power to create new standing committees.

Organising committee: supports the local organizers in organizing the annual conferences and the subsequent publication of proceedings. 

Communications committee: maintains the website and other forms of communication includeing social media.