Conferences and courses

30th September 2005 at 01:00
Poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen is to open the annual conference of the National Association for the Teaching of English at the Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire, January 20-22. Closing speaker is Frank Cottrell Boyce, author and winner of the Carnegie medal. The conference includes workshops, research programme, debate and publishers'

exhibition. Fees: pound;175-pound;325.

Tel: 0114 255 5419

"Tracks in the Sand", a course at Whirlow Grange Conference Centre, Sheffield, November 2, introduces the new National Association for the Teaching of English drama packs and builds on work with the key stage 3 strategy. It shows how films, novels and screenplays can develop reading, writing, speaking, listening and analysis. Workshop leaders include Paul Bunyan, NATE drama committee chair. Participants receive a copy of The Rabbit Proof Fence unit. Fee: pound;135; pound;110 members.

Tel: 0114 255 5419 Email:

Courses run by the National Centre for Language and Literacy at Reading University include developing a literacy-based thematic curriculum at KS2, November 3 (also in Bradford, November 1); hooks into reading at KS1-2, November 10 (Bradford, October 20); assessing writing for learning at KS1-2, November 16 (Bradford, November 8); creating writers, a fun workshop with children's poet and educational writer James Carter, November 23 (Bradford, November 15). Fee per course: pound;110; pound;100 members.

Tel: 0118 378 8820

Literature and Poetry of the First World War, a conference for students of AS and A-level English literature (AQA syllabus), is to be held at the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1, November 25. Speakers include: Jon Stallworthy, emeritus professor of English at Wolfson College, Oxford University. Fee: pound;15 per student.

Tel: 020 7416 53135444

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