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"Staying creative" is the theme of a conference organised by the Association for Language Learning and the National Association of Language Advisers at the Martineau Centre, Birmingham, May 20. It will explore creativity in the context of the KS3 framework. Fee: pound;70; pound;50 members. Other ALL courses include a Spanish day in Newcastle, June 25, and a German day in London, June 26.

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Courses run by CILT, the National Centre for Languages, include, for primary teachers, a Spanish and a German day, both on May 19 in Liverpool, and a French day in London, May 21. For secondary teachers, French and Spanish improvement days will be held on May 27 and June 17 respectively, in London. Fee per course: pound;60; members pound;50. There is also a club for teachers of Spanish wishing to improve oral skills; the next sessions will be September 30, November 4 and December 9, 4.30-6.30pm. Fee: pound;26. Courses abroad include: French for the primary school, St Omer, July; German for the primary school, Boppard, October. Professional development: for teachers of AS A2 French, October, organised in association with the Office de Tourisme Rochelle; for teachers of Italian, Florence, October; for European specialist teachers of Spanish, Madrid, October. Comenius grants of up to pound;1,500 are available from the British Council Education and Training Group. CILT, the National Centre for Languages, 20 Bedfordbury, Covent Garden, London WC2

Tel: 020 7379 5101 Email: Linguascope's first language conference will be held in Colchester, June 25. Sessions include "curing" monolingualism; ICT; and primary language learning. Fee: pound;79, pound;59 subscribers. Linguascope, 99 Gilberd Road, Colchester CO2 7LX.


Expolingua Berlin, the international fair for languages and culture, will be held at Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur, Berlin, November 12-14. Seminar topics will include study and work experiences abroad, language learning and teaching.

Organisers: ICWE GmbH. Tel: 00 49 30 327 6140. email:


"Pack an extra language in your luggage" is the theme of the European Day of Languages on September 26, which celebrates linguistic diversity and promotes language learning across Europe. UK events, co-ordinated by CILT, the National Centre for Languages,include a special day incorporating the European Awards for Languages ceremonies and the launch of Languages Work materials. Free resources are available for schools.

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