Conferences and courses

10th March 2000 at 00:00
The Centre for Information on Language Teaching has organised the following conferenceexhibitions: The Primary Languages Show, Manchester Conference Centre, March 31-April 1; The A-level Languages Show, University of Westminster, London, May 13; The Adult Education Languages Show, Beaumanor Hall, Loughborough, June 9; The Secondary Languages Show, Manchester Conference Centre, November 11.

Details: Jocelyn Shaw, CILT, 20 Bedfordbury, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4LB.Tel: 0207 379 5101 ext. 232. E-mail: The Association for Language Learning has organised the following courses: Portuguese day, April 1, London; Arabic, April 15, Birmingham; Italian events, March to November, Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1; and a German day, September 30, Goethe Institut, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7. Details: Sharon Curry, ALL, 150 Railway Terrace, Rugby CV21 3HN. Tel: 01788 546443;E-mail:

Modern Languages in the Curriculum. Where Now? is the theme of a conference for heads, deputies and heads of modern languages departments being held in London on May 12. Organised by The Secondary Heads Association and ALL, it will explore the practical implications of the Nuffield Languages Inquiry, which publishes its findings in May. Peter Downes, SHA president 1994-96 and ALL Chair designate, will lead the proceedings. SHA, 130 Regent Road, Leicester LE1 7PG. Tel: 0116 299 1122 ext. 204.

New directions for modern languages: delivering modern foreign languages in a changing context is the theme of a conference organised by training providers, Stands for Education, in London, March 24, and Manchester, March 30. Aimed at heads of departments, it will offer realistic classroom-based solutions to challenges thrown up by the new curriculum orders for September 2000 and the Nuffield Languages Inquiry. Speakers include: John Trafford, Sheffield University and ALL president (Manchester only) and Profesor Ted Wragg, Exeter University (London only). Fee: pound;169 plus VAT. Contact: SFE, 1 Portland Sq, Bristol BS2 8RR. Tel: 0117 983 8800.E-mail: A Language World conference and exhibition on the theme "Learning languages, celebrating diversity" has been organised by the Association for Language Learning at Derby University, June 30-July 2. Sessions include: primary initiatives, Nuffield, new ASA- level specifications, revised national curriculum, target setting and the Green Paper. Fee: pound;260, pound;210 for members, for three days. Other rates available. Details from ALL as above.

The Central Bureau for Educational Visits offers free two-week courses for modern languages teachers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, on language and contemporary life. Courses usually coincide with school holidays. Lingua grants contribute to travel, accommodation and supply costs. Tel: 020 7389 4665 (England, Scotland and Wales) or 028 9066 4418 (Northern Ireland).

"Learn the language on location" says the Euro-Academy prospectus. This organisation has 29 years' experience of running courses for ages 12 to 26 in France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ecuador, Italy and Russia. Students can choose from homestays, vacation courses, all-year intensive courses, long-term courses and individual tuition. Programmes include art and culture in Tuscany, spectacular festivals in Spain and painting in Provence. Prices start at around pound;250 for a week's tuition excluding travel. Euro-Academy, 77a George Street, Croydon, Surrey CRO 1LD. Tel: 0208 686 2363.

SEE Europe has been organising language and cultural homestays in more than 60 centres in France, Germany and Spain for more than 20 years. Students receive full-board accommodation with a host family. Prices start at pound;205 for five days in Germany including travel by ferry. Air travel packages to Spain are available starting at pound;315 for five days. Details: SEE Europe Ltd, 1617 Springfield Lane, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8AW. Tel: 01932 820216840440.

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