Conferences and courses

9th March 2001 at 00:00
'Motivation for all! Languages for life!' is the theme of the Association for Language Learning's next 'Language World' conference and exhibition taking place at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, April 6-8.

Plenary sessions will be offered by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, General Teaching Council, Nuffield Foundation and Association for Language Learning presidents. Subject areas include: new GCSE specifications; classroom practice; teaching the full range; primary; technologies; European Year of Languages; international dimensions; professional creativity; developing learners' skills; ICT workshops.

The 'Greatest Hits' programme offers the chance to see well-known speakers revisit themes they have made famous; for example, Amanda Barton on gender issues, Steven Fawkes on songs, Brian Page on grammar, Ann Swarbrick on reading and Barry Jones on creativity.

Fee: pound;285, pound;235 ALL members; day rates available and special rates for teachers of Japanese and Arabic and Asian languages. Exhibition entry is free.

Details: ALL, 150 Railway Terrace, Rugby CV21 3HN.Tel: 01788 546443. E-mail: The Association for Language Learning is running the following events: German day, July 7, Goethe-Institut, London; Spanish day, Canning House, London, October 13; Arabic day (date and venue to be confirmed); Italian weekend, Oxford, July (date to be confirmed) and language diversity conference in Wolverhampton on July 5. Details from ALL as above.

The Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research is holding a number of courses and free events. They include: Club de Espa$ol, March 7, a club where teachers f Spanish can practise speaking the language, pound;20; Spanish improvement day, March 16, pound;30; 'Starting out: minimum ICT, maximum modern foreign languages', April 4, free.

Longer courses include: methods and materials for teaching foreign languages in primary schools, September 2001-June 2002 (six sessions); 'Starting out', September 2001-June 2002 (10 sessions) 'Setting standards for leadership' for current or aspiring heads of languages, October 2001-June 2001 (six sessions). Fee not yet fixed.

The A-level Languages Show will be held, June 30, at the University of Westminster, London SW1. Courses abroad organised by CILT include: a refresher course for teachers of French, March 31-April 13, La Rochelle, France; professional development course for teachers of Spanish, April 1-14, Granada, Spain; modern languages and special educational needs, April 2-10, S vres, France; Spanish for the secondary school and a parallel course on teaching Spanish to young learners, May 27-June 9, Pamplona, Spain; teaching French to young learners, July 15-28, Besancon, France; refresher course for teachers of Italian, October 14-27.CILT, 20 Bedfordbury, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4LB. Tel: 020 7379 5101.Web: Council Exchanges has language schools in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and even Cuba. Students can attend courses for anything from two to 36 weeks and combine their language classes with sightseeing trips and evening excursions to the theatre, local festivities and barbecues. The schools are in city centres, close to accommodation. Details: Michaela Holmes, Council Exchanges, 52 Poland Street, London W1F 7AB. Tel: 020 7478 2004. E-mail: Web:

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