Conferences and courses

"Working together" is the theme of the Association for Language Learning's annual Language World event at Manchester University, April 7-8. It includes a one-day conference on "Every learner matters". Speakers include Ian Hill HMI on recent inspection findings; and Professor Richard Johnstone, Stirling University, on languages in the global age. Workshops include boosting boys' performance in MFL; using drama in language lessons; applying blogs and podcasts to language learning. Fee: pound;320; pound;195 members; day rates available.

Tel: 01788 546443


All Aboard!, the Primary Languages Show organised by the National Centre for Languages (CILT), takes place at Manchester Conference Centre, March 17-18. It will explore how the challenge of providing languages teaching for all children by 2012 is being met. Workshops include cooking in Italian; World Cup German; primary Polish. Fee: pound;290 non-residential; pound;165 one day.

Other CILT courses include: two week summer courses in France, Spain, Germany and Italy - for some of which full grants are available; head start in primary French; Christchurch University Kent, February 23 and University of West of England, Bristol, June 22, fee: pound;120, pound;110 members; Year 3 Spanish for the summer term, CILT, London WC2, March 1, pound;70, pound;60 members; aiming for success in KS3 Japanese using BBC Tobu resources, Japan Foundation London Language Centre, February 28, free.


Tel: 020 7379 5101


Entries are invited by April 13 for the European Award for Languages, which recognises creative ways of improving the quality of language teaching.

Supported by the European Commission, the scheme is co-ordinated in the UK by CILT. One winning project receives the Mary Glasgow Language Trust award of pound;2,000; other prizes include teaching materials.

Tel: 020 7379 5101

The Association for Language Learning's Essex and East Anglian branch invites sixth formers to write a short story in French, Spanish, German or Italian using online visual clues. Each of the four winners will receive Pounds 50.


eLanguages, the British Council's new online collaborative programme allows language teachers in different countries to share resources and build reusable projects in their native or target language. Developed by Rages and funded by the DfES, it is available in English, Spanish, French and German, with some non-European languages in the pipeline.

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