Conferences and courses

"Learning languages, celebrating diversity", the Language World conference and exhibition organised by the Association for Language Learning, is taking place at Derby University, June 30-July 2. Sessions include: primary initiatives; European links, Nuffield Languages Inquiry, language games and activities, the Green Paper, newly qualified and student teacher strands, the new national curriculum, new ASA-level specifications and ITC workshops. Fee: pound;260, pound;210 members for three days. Sharon Curry, ALL, 150 Railway Terrace, Rugby CV21 3HN, tel: 01788 546443. E-mail:

The Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research is running the following free events at 20 Bedfordbury, Covent Garden, London WC2: Dramatising stories for children: community languages and English in primary schools, June 21; alternative accreditation to GCSE and A-level, June 28; and a presentation on the European Year of Languages, July 12. Courses include: Spanish and German improvement days for key stage 3 teachers of SpanishGerman and teachers of beginners higher up the school, June 22 and July 7 respectively. Residential courses in Europe include: French for the primary school in Vichy, France, July 16-30; teaching French to young learners in Besancon, France, July 15-29; and teaching German to young learners in Prien, Germany, October 15-28. An early language learning conference is planned for October 11 at York Race Course. Tel: 020 7379 5101 (ext. 232). E-mail: Website: Peter Downe from the Association for Language Learning will be making a presentation on the Nuffield Language Inquiry to a conference on Languages for Lifelong Learning, organised by Sheffield on July 5. Venue: Sheffield University, Student Union Conference Centre, Western Bank, Sheffield S10. Other sessions include: the Department for Education and Employment's Primary Good Practice Project, community languages and Sheffield's multilingual city project. Fee: pound;30, pound;10 unemployed. Ethnic Minority Achievement Service, tel: 0114 2506886.

The Goethe-Institut London is running an intensive course for teachers of German in primary and middle schools at 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7, July 24-28, 10.30am-3.30pm. A parallel course will take place in Manchester. Fee: pound;75 (including course materials). Application deadline: July 17. Two-and-a-half week intensive courses are also available, July 3-18 and July 20-August 4, fee: pound;250; and summer evening courses, Monday to Thursday, July 3-20, 6.30-9pm. Fee: pound;150. Tel: 020 7596 4004. E-mail: www.goethe.delondon The Italian Cultural Institute offers examinations for certificates from the University of Perugia (five levels) and Siena (four levels). The exams are held at the Institute in 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1. Tel: 020 7235 1461; e-mail:; website:

The Institute also organises refresher courses with the Association for Language Learning. ALL, tel: 01788 546443. E-mail:

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