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22nd February 2008 at 00:00

Primary teachers will learn how to teach German through football, how to podcast in French and get a taste of Mandarin at a languages show in Manchester next week.

Run by Cilt, the national training organisation for languages, the show will be one of the final official functions for Isabella Moore, outgoing chief executive, who is leaving to pursue business interests after three and a half years in post.

The show has been running for 12 years. In that time, primary language teaching has gone from a minority interest to being availabile in 70 per cent of schools.

Foreign languages will become a compulsory subject in 2011 following the current review of the primary curriculum.

The workshops and talks, which will include a question and answer session with Lid King, the Government's national director for languages, are aimed at both established language teachers and those just starting out.

The sessions will cover a range of issues, such as teacher training, introducing several languages and providing language lessons for children with special educational needs and transition, which research has highlighted as one of the most difficult areas for primaries.

Teresa Tinsley, Cilt's director of communications, said: "The show has such a spirit of enthusiasm, with people keen to learn from each other, and there is a sense of progress and dynamism.

"The people involved are very professional and the level of expertise has really grown."

Places are still available for the March 1 sessions.

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