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The Association for Language Learning is running these courses: Italian day, June 19, Italian Cultural Institute, London SW1 (pound;15; members free); Russian day including sessions on Pushkin, June 26, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London WC1 (pound;35, pound;25 members); German day on the theme "1749 - 1949 - 1999", July 3, Goethe-Institut, London SW7 (pound;60, pound;40 members); Spanish day on getting to grips with coursework, September 18, Canning House, London SW1 (pound;75, pound;50 members); French day, October 2 (details to be confirmed); and a day on Austrian German, culture and literature, October 9, Austrian Cultural Institute, London SW7 (members free).

Details: Sharon Curry, ALL, 150 Railway Terrace, Rugby CV21 3HN, tel: 01788 546443; e-mail:

* Centre for Information on Language Teaching events include: "Prepared to succeed: the A-level languages show", July 10, Manchester Conference Centre (pound;100, pound;90 members); "Effective strategies for challenging more able pupils at KS4 modern languages", June 29, Trinity and All Saints Comenius Centre, Leeds (pound;100, pound;90 members); "Links with literacy and grammar: effective resources for language learning in primary and middle schools", June 30, at CILT, 20 Bedfordbury, Covent Garden, London WC2 (pound;40, pound;35 members); Italian Language Network get-together, July 3, at CILT, 11am-1pm (free); and "Induction and modern foreign languages", a seminar for mentors of newly qualified MFL teachers, July 9, at CILT ((pound;50, pound;45 members). The Centre is also offering modern languages-specific information and communications technology training from September 9 at venues in England and Wales (pound;400 for two days). Details: CILT, tel: 0171 379 5101 ext. 2312; e-mail:

* The London Goethe-Institut is running an intensive course for non-specialist teachers of German in secondary schools, July 22-August 6 (pound;170), and one for teachers of German in primary and middle schools, July 26-30(pound;90 including course materials). Details: GI, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH, tel: 0171 596 4004; e-mail:

* "Learn a language where it is spoken" says the Intuition Languages brochure. Their intensive immersion courses include: "Savouring the French language" (French and cookery in Paris); "Spanish makes ecological sense" (cloud forest programme in Ecuador); Italian; and German. Typical prices start at pound;280 for two weeks tuition plus accommodation (from pound;75 per week flat share to pound;150 with host family).

Details: Intuition Languages, International House, 106 Piccadilly, London W1V 9FL, tel: 0171 409 2252; e-mail:

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