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“Language and Communication Solutions in the Heart of the UK”


Summer 2009


Newsletter Issue 7 / Summer 2009

Welcome! Welcome to our summer newsletter 2009. In this Chinese-themed edition you will find a range of interesting articles, news stories and links to information that we hope you will find useful. We recently sent our Summer Update & Training calendar to over 5000 schools nationwide. The booklet gives comprehensive information on our products, events and services. If you haven’t received a copy and would like one please contact us, or view it on our website. On June 25th we will be launching our latest resource, which supports the teaching of the ICAAE Entry Level Business Mandarin Chinese qualification. More information can be found in the resources section.

As always, if you have anything particular you wish to tell us about with regards to languages, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Dr. Henriette Harnisch, Director Contact Details: Language Networks for Excellence University of Wolverhampton Room PA 107 Wolverhampton Science Park Wolverhampton WV10 9RU t: 01902 518909 f: 01902 824418 e:

Mandarin Resources & National Centre Launch

Spanish & Italian Immersion Courses 2010

We are officially launching our new Mandarin resources and National Centre at Our Lady’s Convent School in Hackney, London on Thursday 25th June at 3 pm. The event will include short presentations by keynote speakers, an opportunity to browse the resources and speak to the exam board, network with other practitioners and Chinese-themed refreshments. Numbers are limited, so attendance is strictly by invitation only. If you are interested in attending please contact Nick Brownridge on See our website for further information.

LNfE are arranging week-long immersion courses for teachers of Spanish and Italian taking place in 2010 in Spain (2nd - 8th May 2010) and Italy (20th - 26th June 2010). Both are fantastic opportunities to fully immerse yourself in the culture of your chosen location and further improve your language skills. The courses will include language and methodology classes, cultural visits, and each delegate will receive a certificate of attendance for their CPD file. Application deadline for Comenius and Grundvig in-service training grant: January 2010 (date tbc) The courses aim to: • Improve delegates’ competence and confidence in using Spanish/Italian.

In this issue: • New resources • The New Face of Local MFL Support. • An Update on the Routes into Languages Mapping Research • Exhibitions and conferences • Useful links • The Regional Centre update • Forthcoming Events

• Provide training on methodology for adult educators / teachers of Spanish/Italian to improve current practice. • Promote Spanish/Italian language and culture to further develop and encourage intercultural awareness. • Provide teachers with suitable resources for teaching Spanish/Italian to adults / secondary school students. For more information on either course, visit either the British Council or Grundtvig websites, or attend our FREE information session on Tuesday 6th October in Wolverhampton from 3.00 – 5.00pm, where you will receive detailed information about these courses and also about applying for funding. We are also running an English up-skilling course that may be of interest to your colleagues abroad. We would be happy to forward information to anyone interested in this course.

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‘What’s new?’

ICAAE Entry Level Chinese Mandarin for Business! Language Networks for Excellence are very excited to announce the launch of our new Mandarin Chinese Resources! Our resources support the ICAAE Business Mandarin course at Entry Level. We will also be setting up a National Centre to facilitate the administration and delivery of this exciting qualification.

The Teacher Pack is designed as a comprehensive support package, particularly suitable for assisting native speaker teachers who are looking for an appropriate, fully supported, accredited programme of delivery. It contains a copy of the Activity Book including the audio CD of listening activities PLUS:

With over 885 million speakers of Mandarin, many believe, in our expanding world economy where business is reliant on people understanding each other’s language and culture; that Mandarin is becoming the essential language to learn.

• Additional audio material of suggested answers & dialogues to activities. • Support notes accompanying each activity. • Transcripts to listening activities.

Our new resources comprise of student activity books with an audio CD and teacher support material for the ICAAE group’s Entry Level Certificate in Business Chinese (Speaking, Listening and Culture).

• Support material regarding the ICAAE Entry Level qualification. • Useful links.

These exciting new resources are endorsed by the examining board ICAAE, and designed to support their Entry Level Certificate in Business Chinese (Speaking, Listening and Culture), which is QCA recognised on the National Qualifications Framework at Entry Level.

•P  owerPoint presentations containing embedded audio clips covering the key phrases and vocabulary for each unit that can also be used on your interactive whiteboard. Also included are support notes with information on how to further extend these slides.

The Student Activity Books contain essential contextual information on China and its language, culture and business as well as Speaking, Listening and Cultural activities that comprehensively support each unit of the qualification:

We are working with the SSAT Confucius Classrooms to explore the use of these resources in a 14-19 context, but also for delivering Mandarin out in the community.

Unit 1: Exchanging greetings.

Teacher Packs: £45.00 Activity Books: £12.99

Unit 2: Enquiring about availability of meetings / conference calls. Unit 3: Confirming meetings. Unit 4: Arriving for meetings.

Mandarin Chinese National Centre & Training.

Included with the Activity Book is an audio CD of listening activities, additional tone and phoneme practise, plus audio dictionary covering essential vocabulary from each unit. Much of the Activity Book can be referenced as evidence for this portfolio-based qualification.

Language Networks for Excellence is the National Centre for the facilitation and administration of the ICAAE Entry Level Award. Offering a range of services and training events to those seeking information and guidance about implementing this exciting qualification. Please contact us for further information and details of our next scheduled “How To” training event - suitable for those who are interested in introducing the course and those who currently offer it at their school. This highly flexible and motivating qualification is ideally suited to the introduction of ‘ab initio’ Mandarin Chinese to 13-19, as well as adult, learners. It is designed to give candidates opportunities to develop: • an understanding of basic spoken forms of business Chinese relating to a range of everyday business matters. • a cultural understanding of Chinese. • the ability to use a basic range of everyday expressions relating to personal details and business needs in Chinese. • positive attitudes towards language learning.


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‘What’s new?’

Other Forthcoming Resources!

Exhibitions and conferences

Mind Your Language! You will soon be able to order a revised edition of our popular Mind Your Language booklet. This new edition contains new activities, updated information about the language choices available to your students, and more information and links than before.

There are a number of education and language related exhibitions and conferences taking place this year.

Transition Toolkit. This new CD-ROM aims to help you in tackling the challenging issues of transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3. Year 7 Scheme of Work Struggling to find a suitable Scheme of Work for your Year 7 group? This resource could be the solution to your problems

30th October to 1st November 2009 – The Language Show 09, London

15th July 2009 – Community Languages Show 2009, Southampton

The UK’s biggest event for language learners, language teachers, linguists and anyone with a passion for languages. This event offers language enthusiasts all the help, advice and resources needed to learn or teach languages under one roof. Language Networks for Excellence will be exhibiting at the show.

This annual conference brings together a wide range of colleagues in the field of community languages education. A free exhibition runs alongside the conference, giving delegates the opportunity to browse the latest resources for teaching, promoting and supporting languages.

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3rd & 4th July 2009 - The Chinese Conference 2009, London.

3rd July 2009 – Languages Wales, Llandudno, Wales This prestigious day conference will feature an exciting choice of seminars and workshops. For the first time this year, we will also be running a MFL in Adult Education strand within the conference. Major publishers will also be represented at the adjoining exhibition.

• Relevance for future employability.

This two day conference is held at the British Museum (day 1) and Lambeth Academy, London (day 2), and includes keynote speeches, interactive sessions and hands-on workshops delivered by experienced Chinese teaching practitioners, practical sessions aimed at schools new to China, and an exhibition of educational resources. Language Networks for Excellence will be exhibiting its new ICAAE Business Mandarin Resources.

• Modular format with achievable goals, based on a portfolio of evidence and final orally-assessed component.

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10% discount!

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This qualification at Entry Level for non-native Chinese language students is aimed at people who will be working or interacting with Chinese clients, colleagues or businesses. Candidates can use the units to build a basic foundation in a difficult language, in the most effective, timeefficient and enjoyable manner. The emphasis is on vocabulary and phrase patterns. The units focus on speaking and listening skills and each unit is structured to cover the essential listening, speaking and cultural points necessary to fulfil the identified business need. The qualification and resources also offer: • A wide range of progression opportunities – with a Level 1 qualification available and Level 2 in development.

See english/docs/Languages%20 Wales%20flyer%202009.pdf for more details.

• Clear, precise and specific language teaching. • NQF recognition.

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Consultancy & Research Services

The New Face of Local MFL Support From the 1st of April 2009, RSG sessions will now be known as Local Support Group (LSG) meetings, and have received a full makeover from CILT, The National Centre for Languages. Sessions will still provide free training to Primary MFL teachers, MFL coordinators and local MFL advisors. A brand new website can be found at CILT have brought together all the online support from NACELL and the Primary Languages Training Zone to create one site with everything under the same roof - from professional development to resources and research. In 2008/09 the Black Country Regional Support Group held four sessions between November and April, with one still to run on the 16th June in Wolverhampton. In November, Helen Thomas delivered a twilight session on the combined teaching of numeracy and languages in primary education. Then in January this year, Rosalind Venables delivered a very interactive session on Assessment for Learning, as opposed to Assessment OF Learning, and showed several ways in which teachers could encourage children to assess their own progress within the classroom. Examples included the use of ‘two stars and a wish’ which children can do themselves i.e. “I can do this and this, but I would like to do that”. In February, Lucy Adamson from CILT and Rita Davidson, a local languages consultant, delivered a session entitled ‘The Magic of Languages’. The session began with a number of ‘magic tricks’ performed by Lucy which aimed to engage children in the target language. Her ‘magic bag’ trick was very clever which made colours disappear and then reappear as if by magic. Rita also gave her input to the session which involved activities such as a ‘brain training’ exercise where pupils have to say the word, not the colour, that they see and vice versa. In late March, a British Council information session took place at the Novotel in Wolverhampton and was delivered by Anne Garner, Headteacher of Church Aston Infant School, Shropshire. Anne is a highly experienced eTwinning Ambassador and presented the opportunities for international collaboration available from the programme. The sessions throughout the year have been warmly received and we are already recruiting for our next meeting on the 16th June 09 for ‘Linking Art and Languages’. Teachers will take part in a range of activities geared towards learning how to increase students’ confidence in the target language, and develop cultural understanding, through the use of art. The session runs from 4 – 6pm at the Wolverhampton Science Park in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Please contact Amy Allen at, for information. We’ve already drafted our dates for next year too. Let us know if you would like to reserve a place. All sessions are free to attend and cakes are provided! • T  aking languages outside the classroom – Thursday Nov 5th 2009 • A  ssessment for learning in primary languages – Tuesday Dec 8th 2009 • A  cross curricular approach to primary languages - Tuesday Jan 26th 2010 • Reading and writing strategies in the primary language lesson – Thursday Feb 25th 2010 •Developing the learning of French through art - Thursday April 22nd 2010 (repeat of June 09 session)


Routes into Languages Curriculum Mapping Research

Language Networks for Excellence (LNFE) is a partner in the Routes into Languages (RiL) West Midlands Consortium for which the mapping and monitoring of progression routes within the 14-19 sector in support of initiatives to encourage increased take-up in Higher Education (HE) was a key objective. LNFE carried out curriculum mapping research to produce a generic curriculum map of language provision in the region.

Key Findings and Conclusions A quarter of schools in the West Midlands have compulsory languages at KS4 which is higher than the national average. As expected, languages are generally compulsory in specialist language colleges and the number of these in each subregion therefore creates some clustering. It is clear from the primary and secondary data that French, German and Spanish GCSEs are by far the most common KS4 qualifications taught in all institution types across the West Midlands, with French being the most common. Standard curriculum models are the norm for the traditional qualifications, indicating that the subjects are embedded in the core curriculum. In terms of alternative KS qualifications the primary and secondary data are entirely consistent.

Although a wide range of qualifications exist, CBLC and entry level certificates are the most popular, with French, German and Spanish figuring again as the most common subjects. Alternative qualifications may be being used as replacements rather than for additional learning in other subjects, although this study provides no specific evidence to support this. Not surprisingly, alternative qualifications are offered on an extra curricular basis more often than traditional ones. It would also appear from feedback regarding plans for alternative qualifications that provision is set to increase across the West Midlands. As with traditional KS4 qualifications, French, German and Spanish AS/A2 are the most common traditional qualifications offered at post-16 in the West Midlands. Italian GCSE is more common at post-16 than many other AS/A2 subjects. A more diverse range of alternative qualifications and languages were found at post-16, although these were predominantly within FE/Sixth form colleges. This may be for a number of reasons including staffing, demand, and level of qualifications. School sixth forms appear to focus more on traditional AS/A2 provision whilst colleges offer a more diverse range. The vast majority of all qualifications fall within the NQF, suggesting that schools and colleges are generally utilising ‘official’ accreditation for languages. Where information is available it suggests that generally small percentages of language students go on to study languages at HE level.

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Useful links

This indicates a real need for initiatives such as RiL to promote languages at HE level. The primary research indicates a greater prevalence of community language provision than the secondary data. However, this may be due to the differences in time when the data was collected. The majority of community languages are run as extra-curricular provision which is often accessible to many age ranges. Evidence of confirmed diploma plans is limited. However, a number of respondents reported that plans were not yet in place, suggesting perhaps that due to the timescales involved, the specialised language diploma is seen as on the agenda but is not yet being fully addressed. It is clear from the analysis and findings that the linking of language courses and qualifications into vocational courses happens very rarely. With the wide range of flexible and vocationally based language qualifications in existence, this may be regarded as a missed opportunity not only to increase the number of language learners but also to add relevance and breadth to other courses. Collaboration is evident in a quarter of schools, and in particular, it appears, in those that do not have an appropriate level of provision internally. A significant number of respondents reported that they, or their institution, had experienced barriers or issues in relation to language provision. Not surprisingly, recruitment and student demand are a key issue, which indicates, again, that work focusing on promoting languages through initiatives such as RiL is much needed. For more information please contact Helen Sargeant 01902 518966 or

The National Network for Interpreting The National Network for Interpreting, part of the ‘Routes into Languages’ initiative, is a key strand in a broader Government strategy, to encourage language learning. Funded by HEFCE, the aim of the network is to develop the role of languages as a “motor of civic and economic regeneration” and to promote interpreting as a profession, with the overall aim to reverse the decline in language learning. The consortium is lead by the University of Leeds, and also involves The Universities of Bath, Salford & Westminster. Under the programme, regional networks will be established in which HEIs will collaborate with schools and colleges to enthuse people about studying languages. Translation & Interpreting will be promoted more as careers and research projects will assist universities in creating community language programmes. Events are being held at the four main higher education institutions which range from in-house interpreter training to talks in schools about the benefits of studying languages with a focus on careers.

Japanese Web Page Contest 2009 Language Networks for Excellence are a proud sponsor of the Japanese Web Page Contest 2009, in partnership with the Japan Foundation, Toronto, Alberta Education and the ConsulateGeneral of Japan in Calgary. The contest is open to any secondary school in the world, and requires students who are studying Japanese as a second language to fuse their language skills with their computer skills to create a website, in Japanese, about a particular topic. Prizes are given to the winners of each particular category and they range from digital cameras to book selections. Entry for the 2009 contest has now closed, but the galleries will be available on the website from June 1 2009, and will make for very interesting viewing. Whether you are studying/teaching Japanese or simply want to pick up a few phrases, the Japanese Web Page Contest will be well worth checking out.

The National Network for Translation The National Network for Translation is also a part of the ‘Routes into Languages’ initiative. The Network for Translation was born out of certain issues that the ‘Routes’ initiative identified including a national shortage of first language English translators, a low national profile of careers in translation and the need to develop stronger co-operation between course providers and potential employers. In order to solve these problems, there are a number of activities that the Network for Translation engages in. The University of Salford leads the network in partnership with Aston University, University of Bath, HeriotWatt University, University of Portsmouth & the University of Westminster. These institutions work together to generate promotional material and organise informational events, develop opportunities for employment and work placements, and organise training events based on the partner’s expertise. translation/index.html


Mandarin Chinese We are looking to recruit experienced teachers of Chinese or native speakers who would like to work for us to become examiners for the new Business Chinese qualification that we will be introducing in September 2009! Please do not hesitate to get in touch!

ASSET Languages Do you currently offer ASSET languages at your school? If so, we would be interested in talking to you about how we could help you in the future as a support centre offering ASSET languages.

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Regional Centre

CBLC in Practice: Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College In January 2007, the MFL department in Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College were asked to find a course which would be suitable as a core subject, which would allow pupils to do a language qualification but which would not be GCSE, therefore not requiring the same amount of time. After research, the decision was taken to use the OCR Entry Level Certificate in Business Language Competence. The next decision to be made was as to the languages being studied. French and German are our core languages but our head teacher, John Cornally, was keen to make this new course stand out to pupils as being something different so that they would approach the subject from a fresh viewpoint.

Dr Saito, an NQT, is a qualified and fluent Japanese speaker, so one language was already available for the G&T cohort. Two other staff, one of whom is not an MFL specialist, consequently undertook an intensive course in basic Spanish ready to teach the rest of the, then year 9, cohort. The non-specialist has enjoyed the challenge of teaching in a new way and is very impressed with the ways in which pupils have responded to the course – seeing its value and usefulness and making use of transferable skills.

Certificate in Business Language Competence (CBLC Regional Centre) Language Networks for Excellence is an OCR Regional Centre for the Certificate in Business Language Competence (CBLC). Since its inception in 2004 the Regional Centre has continued to grow rapidly in terms of the number of examination entries and the range of languages and levels offered. Operating throughout the West Midlands, we facilitated examinations for over 7000 entries last academic year (2007/08), providing a significant percentage of the total national entries for CBLC. Language Networks for Excellence is one of the largest Regional Centres Nationally, offering a variety of languages for CBLC. We offer a pay-as-you-go scheme and only charge for those students who sit examinations and we do not impose a restriction on the minimum number of entries. CBLC is a vocationally related qualification which makes possible a tailored approach to accreditation in a variety of languages and is becoming more popular as an alternative to GCSE. Learners are able to be examined in units they feel confident in and at a time that suits them. We offer the full range of languages: French, Spanish, German and Italian. We also offer Russian and Japanese, which are increasingly becoming popular with schools. The CBLC qualification builds confidence by allowing a step-by-step approach to accreditation and is available at a variety of Levels.


Japanese has been introduced successfully into the curriculum and, under the guidance of Dr Saito, there has been a great sense of achievement amongst those pupils who have managed to succeed in the three modules taken so far. Spanish has had some similar success, with many pupils finding a great sense of achievement in passing modules in Spanish when they had not succeeded in the school core languages of French and German. The pupils have all seen the value of doing something which is so practical and which will be an addition to their CV.

Testing has not been an onerous problem, due to the assistance of the staff and examiners from Wolverhampton, and linking this with the internal organisation, again led by Dr Saito, examinations have run smoothly. We have worked very closely with our contacts at the Wolverhampton CBLC regional centre, Anita and Emilia who have answered all our concerns and have helped us ensure that the exams are organised and completed to the highest levels. Catherine Horrocks (Head of Department, MFL)


Guided Learning Hours


GCSE Comparable


40 – 60



Level 1

100 – 120


Grade D – G

Level 2

120 – 180


A* - C

Level 3

240 – 300


AS/ A Level

For more information about CBLC please visit The Regional Centre employs up to 20 experienced examiners, many of whom have also taught CBLC and are therefore very familiar with the qualification. To organise examinations through our Regional Centre we simply ask you to provide us with 4 weeks’ notice and to complete two forms that we will send to you. From September 2009 you will now be able to book examinations online. You will be able to do this by visiting our website: For further information or to book examinations through our Regional Centre contact: Anita Ojelay on: 01902 518973 or via email at:

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Training & Events

Don’t forget if you order online you will receive a 10% discount.

A First Introduction to the OCR Certificate ASSET Languages in the World of Work Wednesday 25th November 2009 in Business Language Competence (Half Day) £85 Wolverhampton Monday 21st September 2009 (Full Day) £175 Wolverhampton This full-day training event is for those completely new to CBLC and will give you the knowledge, skills and understanding to effectively deliver the Certificate in Business Language Competence (CBLC). Information is provided on all levels of the qualification; however this session is of particular use to those wishing to implement the Entry Level award.

Asset Languages has now launched its new ‘World of Work’ qualification, which is accredited by QCA. External assessment is now available in Spanish, and French and German from May 2009. These will be available to all and this session is designed to inform teachers about the qualification and give schools the opportunity to look into alternative qualifications beyond the GCSE.

Training includes:

• Planning issues

• A FREE CBLC Entry Level Teachers’ Pack in the language of your choice (worth £33.95)

• Ideas on how to teach CBLC

• An overview of the CBLC qualification and implementation models

• Administration of exams

Animation for Education Wednesday 2nd December 2009

• Lunch and refreshments

(Full Day) £175 Wolverhampton

• Ideas for preparing students for the exam

This one-day training event aims to engage teachers of all age groups in using animation as a teaching and learning tool. The session will introduce teachers to animation as a way to explore many areas of the curriculum, such as literacy, science, citizenship, languages and many others, using very simple IT practice suited to the education environment.

Technology Supporting Language Learning* Tuesday 24th November 2009 (Full Day) £175 Wolverhampton

The session will provide delegates with a fun and creative hands-on experience which will motivate teachers from both the secondary and primary fields.

Delivered by Andy Hutchinson; Learning Technologies Advisor Following the success of last year’s training day we are repeating this session in Autumn ‘09. This full-day event is designed to allow delegates to explore effective practice in the use of a variety of ICT related hardware and software. * This session may be of interest to your non-language colleagues. Please feel free to bring any specific queries you may have with you on the day.

French Up-skilling for Non-Specialist Primary Teachers Saturday 26th September 2009 (Full Day) £115 Wolverhampton The aim of this course is to build teachers’ confidence in French and it is ideal for those teachers, at different levels, who feel that they would benefit from a full day exposure to the French language and culture. The workshop will give opportunity to improve and build on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

The day will include the following workshops:

• Effective and advanced uses of the Interactive Whiteboard

• Designing and making bespoke online resources

• Developing audio resources and podcasting

• Using Learner Response Systems to support language learning and assessment

• Webquests (internet treasure hunts)

The session will be delivered by Oscar Stringer of ‘Animation for Education’ and is open to teachers of ALL subjects at all levels.

The day will offer practical ideas for teaching French in the primary school through games and ICT at Key Stage 2 level and a CD will be handed to all participants with resources which can be used directly in the class. A fun and motivating day!

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Training & Events

TRAINING: 2009/10 CALENDAR September 2009

• A First Introduction to the OCR Certificate in Business Language Competence – Full Day

October 2009

• Developing a Global Curriculum Conference – Full Day

November 2009

• Technology Supporting Language Learning – Full Day • Asset Languages in the World of Work – Half Day

December 2009

• Animation for Education – Full Day

January 2010

• French Immersion Day – Full Day

February 2010

• Spanish Immersion Day – Full Day • German Immersion Day – Half Day

March 2010

• An Introduction to the Diploma in Languages – Full Day

April 2010

• An Introduction to NVQ Languages Units & How to make them work. – Half Day

May 2010

• Developing Language Skills – Progressing Learners from level 6 to level 7. – Half Day • Training for Transition Day 1 – Full Day • 2nd - 8th – Spanish Immersion Course

June 2010

• A First Introduction to the OCR Certificate in Business Language Competence – Full Day • 20th - 26th – Italian Immersion Course

July 2010

• Training for Transition Day 2 – Full Day

Through our Black Country Local Support Group for early language learning (LSG) we also offer support for the delivery of primary languages. We organise five FREE sessions a year which focus on supporting the teaching and learning of primary languages in schools. In addition to that, practitioners can also access the LSG sessions in Telford and Wrekin.

The National Centre for Languages

Local Support Groups

For prices or further information about any of our training events please contact us or visit our website.

English Teachers Up-skilling Course In November 2009, Language Networks for Excellence will be running an up-skilling course for primary and secondary English teachers (eligible to be funded through the Comenius in-service training grant) from Europe, who wish to improve their language skills, methodology and to add a European dimension to their schools. If you have links with schools in Europe who you think may be interested in the course please feel free to forward the information on to them. 1. 8.

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