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Conferences and courses

For Italian Language Week, which ends on October 23, the Italian Cultural Institute is running courses and workshops on how to teach Italian, taking inspiration from child's play, the circus, cinema, theatre and music. There is a teachers' open day on October 18.

ICI, 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX.

Tel: 020 7235 1461

The Language Show takes place at Olympia, London SW7, November 5-7. It includes 60 free seminars, tasters for beginners in 13 languages and up to 80 exhibitors.

Tel: Nicola Hopwell, 020 7736 9955 Email:

Teachers can request up to 10 complimentary admission tickets worth pound;10 each at

"Creating opportunities", the Language World conference and exhibition, will take place at the University of Kent at Canterbury, July 1-3. Other Association for Language Learning events include a Spanish day on November 13 at Instituto Espanol, 317 Portobello Road, London W10. Fee: pound;75; pound;50 members.

Tel: Sheila James, 01788 546443

Courses offered by CILT, the National Centre for Languages, include: Introductory French day for primary teachers, Manchester, November 3, or CILT London, November 11, pound;50pound;60; Spanish improvement day, CILT London, November 4, pound;50pound;60; Modern foreign languages at KS3, Birmingham, November 10, CILT London, November 16, Leicestershire, November 22, Lancaster, November 30, pound;65pound;75; Languages 14-19: working models, Bracknell, Oxfordshire, November 18, pound;150pound;160; Getting started with ICT in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese, Kingwood City Learning Centre, London, November 23, pound;100pound;95.

CILT, 20 Bedfordbury, London WC2N 4LB.

Tel: 020 7379 5101 Email:

Courses run by La Jolie Ronde (LJR) for teachers of French to children aged three to 11 include: Building on a firm foundation (how progression is built into the LJR KS2 structured course), Yateley Manor School, Surrey, November 11, pound;100; Exploiting the primary context (practical strategies for the non-specialist teacher), Standish Community High School, Wigan, November 18, also at the Martineau Centre, Birmingham, January 20, pound;90; Fun French for young beginners, Sunny Hill Prep School, Bruton, February 2, also at Danes Hill School, Oxshott, Surrey, February 9, pound;100.

Tel: 01949 839715 Email:

Expolingua Praha, the international language and student recruitment fair, will be held in Prague, November 5-6. Also taking place is Expolingua Berlin, the international fair for languages and culture, November 12-14. www.expolingua.comenghome.htm

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