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"Creating opportunities" will be the theme of Language World, the Association for Language Learning's annual conference at the University of Kent, Canterbury, July 1-3. New this year is a "Celebration Area", highlighting excellent work being carried out in schools. Free entry to resources exhibition.

Tel: 01788 546443 Email:

CILT, the National Centre for Languages' Primary Languages Show and free resources exhibition will be held at the Palace Hotel, Manchester, March 11-12. Other CILT events include: French day for primary teachers, Spennymoor, County Durham, February 24, London, March 2, pound;60, pound;50 members; Italian day for primary teachers, London, March 1; Modern foreign languages at KS3, Exeter, March 14, pound;75pound;65; German improvement days, London, February 23 and March 9, pound;60 pound;50; Getting started with ICT in Punjabi and Urdu, Bradford College, March 4, pound;100pound;90.

CILT also administers the European Award for Languages, which recognises creative, motivating language-learning initiatives. Closing date for applications:March 18.

CILT courses abroad are funded by British Council Comenius 2.2 grants, which cover most of the costs. Courses include: French for the primary school, July 24-30, St Omer France; Spanish for the primary school, May 29-June 4, Tordesillas, Valldolid, Spain; Spanish for the secondary school, May 29-June 11, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Pamplona; Italiano alla fiorentina, October 20-29, British Institute, Florence; Berlin Aktuell, March 17-25, Goethe Institut Berlin; German for the primary school, October 23-29, SchwAbisch Hall, Germany. Fees: 1,400-1,700 euros.

Tel: 020 7379 5101 Email:

"Learning languages in the primary school", a British Council Seminars event for those developing MFL projects around the world, will be held in Liverpool, February 20-25. Topics include: approaches to initial and continuing teacher education; and transition from primary to secondary education assessment. Fee: pound;1,350 residential.

Contact Julia Winborn, Tel: 01865 302713 Email:


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