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Conferences and courses

"Creating opportunities" is the theme of Language World, the Association for Language Learning's annual conference at the University of Kent, Canterbury, July 1-3. A parallel conference on "Motivation", subtitled: "Get it right at KS3, keep them at KS4", can also be attended.

Speakers include Lid King, national director of languages, DfES, on "Languages for All, Languages for Life". There will be a range of workshops and a new "Celebration Area" highlighting excellent work in schools. Free entry to accompanying resources exhibition. Fee: pound;320; pound;195 members (non-residential).

Tel: 01788 546443

www.educational-events.comlw The Association for Language Learning is holding a German day at the Goethe-Institut London, September 17, and an Austrian Day at the Austrian Cultural Forum, London, October 15. Contact Sheila James for details.

Tel: 01788 546443 Email:

Courses offered by CILT, the National Centre for Languages include: Spanish improvement day (secondary), CILT London, May 24; German improvement day (secondary), CILT London, June 28, pound;70pound;60 members; Modern foreign languages at KS3, Comenius West Midlands, June 27, pound;110pound;100 members.

CILT, 20 Bedfordbury, London WC2 Tel: 020 7379 5101

CILT courses abroad are funded by Comenius 2.2 grants from the British Council, which cover most of the costs. They include: French for the primary school, July 24-30, St Omer France; iEspanol en Granada, October 16-29, University of Granada; Vive la France ... La Rochelle, October 19-29, Office de Tourisme de La Rochelle, France; Italiano alla fiorentina, October 20-29, British Institute, Florence; German for the primary school, October 23-29, SchwAbisch Hall, Germany. Fees: E1,400-1,700.

Tel: 020 7379 5101

European Schoolbooks is holding free workshops about teaching French, German, Italian and Spanish to all age ranges. Venues: Liverpool, May 25, Birmingham, May 26 and London, May 27. Pre-registration is essential.

Tel: Michael Darch, 01242 245252 ext. 237 Email:


Linguistic and cultural diversity will be celebrated across Europe on the European Day of Languages taking place on September 26.

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