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Subject of the week;Modern languages;Conferences, courses, Web sites


* The Association for LanguageLearning's annual Language World conference and exhibition on the theme, The way ahead: language strategies for the Millennium, will be held at Brighton Conference Centre, April 3-5. Workshops include: informationtechnology; key stage 3 assessment, materials, methodology; specialeducational needs; and primaryeducation. The exhibition is free and open to anyone, but ALL membership is essential to attend conference sessions. Fee: pound;120, pound;80 concessions (day rates available). Details: Catherine Penny, ALL, 150 Railway Terrace, Rugby CV21 3HN, tel: 01788 546443; e-mail:

* The Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (CILT) is running a conference on Enhancing the experience, motivating the learner, March 21, at 20 Bedfordbury, London WC2. Topics include: exploiting visits, exchanges and work experience abroad to the full; examining the links between language and culture; and intensive language days in school. For details, tel. 0171 379 5101 ext 229; e-mail: or Web site:http:www. * Languages for Life is the theme of CILT's adult education show and exhibition, May 9, at Beaumanor Hall, near Loughborough. Sessions include: one-to-one teaching; games and activities; multimedia teaching materials; teaching grammar communicatively; and aspects of teaching French, German and Spanish (given in the target language). Details as above.

* Keep going with Japanese, a conference organised by CILT and the Japan Foundation, will be held, May 18, at the London Language Centre, 27 Knightsbridge, London SW1. Suitable for native and non-native teachers of Japanese, it will include sessions on: links with Japan, including e-mail; team teaching; using video; and links between language and culture. Details as above.

* The Japan Foundation is running a language refresher course for non-native speaking secondary teachers of Japanese wishing to improve their skills, March 19-21, at the London Language Centre, 27 Knightsbridge, London SW1. It is aimed at beginners to intermediates. Details from Sally Lewis, tel: 0171 838 9955.

* The Goethe-Institut London runs German language courses with Birkbeck College, London University (tel: 0171 631 6105) and in-service training for teachers of German with Brunel University (tel: 0181 891 0121). Its teaching advice department provides courses, advice and teaching materials. Details: Barbara Homrighausen, Goethe-Institut London, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7, tel: 0171 411 3431; or Web site http:www.

* The French Centre in London is offering Lingua-funded refresher courses for teachers of French in France from July 25-August 8. The grant covers course fee, accommodation, subsistence and travel (up to pound;117 for Paris and pound;120 for Nice). Course members pay pound;50. Details: Centre Francais de Londres, 16 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7NH, tel: 0171 734 0733.

* Residential courses in France and Germany are on offer from The Association for Language Learning. Lingua funding is available. Teachers of French of any level of ability can apply to join a course in Toulon, May 21-June 3, which incorporates several guided visits, including Pagnol's countryside. Specialist teachers of German are invited to apply for the course in Leipzig, May 23-June 6. The Association is also holding the following language days in London: Italian, June 10; Russian, June 13; Spanish, June 20; German, July 4. For details, tel: 01788 546443; e-mail: langlearn@aol. com


* The beginners' series Japanese -Language and People recently broadcast as part of BBC2 Learning Zone's "The Japan Season", looked at Japanese life through the eyes of a familyliving in the rural uplands of Kyushu island and of a sophisticated family in Tokyo. It is supported by a BBC book of the same title costing pound;16.99, a pack of five cassettes at pound;29.99 and the "BBC Japanese Phrase Book" pound;3.99. A pack comprising phrase book and one cassette is pound;9.99. Also:

"Get By In Japanese" (pound;4.99), bookcassette travel pack (pound;9.99). Details from: BBC Education Publicity, White City, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS, tel: 0181 752 5252.WEB SITES


World Language Pages (Liverpool John Moores University) provide an exhaustive guide to Internet resources for language learning, covering 14 modern languages, with suggestions of how best to use them, at http:www.

* The Kota Mama expedition, departing on March 8, Will navigate the Desaguadero River in Bolivia from Lake Titicaca to Lake Poop" - a distance of 400 kilometres - in three reed boats. Via a satellite computer and telephone link-up, Brixham Community College students in Torbay, Devon, will communicate with team members in Spanish and English and transfer text and digital video images on to Web site for other schools worldwide to access. They will also relay questions to Bolivia and post the answers on to the Web site.

The expedition will inspire cross-curricular project work, particularly in Spanish and history, as it aims to test theories that the pre-Inca Tiwanaku civilisation (circa 1200BC) used reed boats to trade throughout the Americas and across oceans, and that - using Plato's description of its location - the lost city of Atlantis could lie beneath Lake Poop". There is also an e-mail site at: brixham@ (contacts: David Parker, Marilyn Newton, Andy Hannett).

All dressed up: the BBC book 'Japanese -Language and People' gives an insight into Japanese society as well as language instruction robert harding

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