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Trainee Position in Portuguese Consulate General in Manchester

Region: 
North West

The Portuguese Consulate General in Manchester is offering a work placement to a highly motivated individual, keen to work within a Portuguese environment that will provide the ideal opportunity to perfect his/her Portuguese language skills while gaining valuable work experience.

Job Purpose
To provide comprehensive support in the day-to-day operation of the Consulate.

Main duties

  1. To help maintain databases through data input of Consular registrations.
  2. To support the Consulate’s enquiry service by responding to email enquiries in Portuguese or in English, as appropriate.
  3. To translate into English or Portuguese specific documentation such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, criminal records, powers of attorney, etc.
  4. To research relevant information relating to local services that may be beneficial to the Portuguese community residing in the UK.
  5. To do mail-outs and deal with selected day-to-day correspondence in English or Portuguese, as appropriate.
  6. To undertake other relevant duties when required.

 

Personal attributes required

  • Degree or equivalent qualification (Desirable)
  • Excellent IT skills (Essential)
  • Excellent written and spoken communication and interpersonal skills which would allow easy interaction with a variety of individuals at different levels, in person and on the phone (Essential)
  • Advanced level in spoken and written Portuguese and English (Essential)
  • Good translation skills (Desirable)
  • Good time keeping skills (Essential)

Duration: min. 3 months. Full-time, ideally. Part-time will be considered.

Remuneration: unpaid.

Training and support provided: the trainee will be offered an introduction to Consular duties, and will receive in-job training in specific areas, including the translation of legal documentation. On completion of the placement, the trainee will receive a letter of reference with evaluation of performance.
 

 

For more information and to apply, please contact Christina Sousa from the Regional Language Network North West: cristina.sousa@rln-northwest.com

 

National Award for Heritage Languages: Winner - Abrar Aqil from Al Hijra Supplementary School

Region: 
North West

We are pleased to announce that Abrar Aqil, a pupil from Al Hijra Supplementary School, won the joint silver award in the Community Languages category. Her award will be presented at the ‘Language Stars’ award ceremony, which takes place on 6th July 2010.

Al Hijra Supplementary School is one of our partner schools, so we are very pleased for this pupil. This award is further evidence of the COLT Project's success in raising the profile of world languages and building bridges with complementary
schools!

Winners of the European Award for Languages!

Region: 
North West

We are pleased to announce that the Teacher Training strand of the COLT project has been awarded the European Award for Languages this year. The Award is a Europe-wide initiative supported by the European Commission.

We are delighted to have received this award which provides external ratification of the excellent work done by the COLT team and, in particular, the teacher training component of the project.

We have now developed a toolkit for this part of COLT, and the teacher training framework is going to be rolled out across the East and West Midlands, London and within the North West region through the Links project. The feedback from the course participants was excellent and it is clear that this project has the potential to make a real difference nationally in terms of building the UK capacity in world languages.

The MEN Asian News have published an article about this Award!  

You can now follow us on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/COLTproject

 

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Teachers of Urdu in the North West Region

Region: 
North West

Links into Languages North West invites you to attend a development meeting on Tuesday 15th June from 1.30-3.30pm. This will be taking place at Sackville Street Campus, the University of Manchester.

This is a meeting jointly organised by Routes into Languages and Links into Languages to discuss ways forward in the teaching of Urdu in all settingss across the North West. If you are teaching in secondary or supplementary schools then this meeting is for you! Heads of Department from school where Urdu is taught are also welcome to attend this meeting.

Areas for discussion:

  • Integrating Urdu into mainstream language teaching
  • Options for qualifications
  • Raising achievement, status and uptake
  • Issues and concerns

 To book a place, or register, please contact Shady Nowrouz, Regional Administrator on 0161 306 3924 or via email:

shady.nowrouz@manchester.ac.uk

 

LAFTA Awards: Two shortlisted clips from the North West!

Region: 
North West

NORTH WEST LAFTA CLIPS SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL LAFTA AWARD

 

CILT, the National Centre for Languages, has collated all of the regional winners of the LAFTAs and has confirmed that the following clips from the North West region have been put forward for the national shortlist:

  •  Bacon Butty (Categories: Best clip over 16, World of languages category)

To view the clips, click on the links above or visit: www.languageswork.org.uk/learner_zone/the_laftas/peoples_vote/shortlisted_videos.aspx

 

There are 25 clips in total on the shortlist and the film makers have been contacted to let them know their clip has been shortlisted.

All of the shortlisted film makers will be invited to the award ceremony on 6 July at the British Film Institute in London. All the clips from the regional heats are being presented to the national judges on an equal basis and the overall winners of the LAFTAs competition will be chosen by the national judges from the shortlist and announced at the award ceremony in July.

You can help out by casting your vote on the People’s Vote on the Languages Work website for the shortlisted clips. To take part in the People’s Vote and vote for your favourite shortlisted clip, please see www.languageswork.org.uk/learner_zone/the_laftas.aspx.

Anyone can take part in the People’s Vote and the shortlisted film makers are also allowed to vote for their own clip! The winner of the People’s Vote will be announced at the award ceremony.

 

Your vote for the North West entry clips would be much appreciated!

 

 

BBC Radio Indus Show, with special guests Ameeta Richardson and Stephen Toal

Region: 
North West

Once again, the COLT Project Team appeared on the BBC Radio Indus Show, hosted by Talat Farooq Awan for BBC Radio Manchester and Lancashire.

To listen to the radio show, please follow the link below (6:05 minutes in):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0076qfq/Indus_11_04_2010/

Ameeta Richardson, Project Manager, and Stephen Toal, Market Researcher, discussed the importance of community Languages, with particular focus on Urdu and the development of an Urdu degree at University. Research is currently being carried out to evaluate the demand for an Urdu degree.

If you would like to fill in the Online Survey for Urdu-speaking parents and pupils, please visit: www.aspectsurvey.com/urdu

 

The interview has also been chosen to feature in Talat's Podcast, DesiDownload. You can access this on the following link:

www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/desi

Language Evening Classes at MMU

Region: 
North West

Manchester Metropolitan University is offering some exciting new Evening courses for the Summer 2010 term:

  • Italian Women on Screen
  • Lingua e cinema italiana (Italian Language and Cinema)
  • Urdu Language and Culture

To apply, please print off the enrolment form and return it to Language Evening Classes (details provided on form).

Deadline for applications is Tuesday 4th May.

For more details, please see the information below.

 

Italian Women on Screen
Wednesday 12th May – Wednesday 23rd June (with no class on Wed 2nd June)
Room 238, Geoffrey Manton Building, All Saints Campus (see link for map)
14.00 – 16.00

Through past and contemporary examples of the work of Italian actresses and female film directors, we will explore some aspects of the changing social background of Italy since the late 1950s and 1960s and how the role of women has evolved and adapted in response to those changes. The individual sessions will provide ample opportunities for discussion.

This six-week course is an ideal follow-up to the one already run by Adalgisa Serio at the Cornerhouse cinema. However, attendance on the previous course is not a prerequisite.

Two hours per week for six weeks (12 hrs in total)

Full fee: £100.00
Concessionary fee: £75.00 (MMU staff, students, senior citizens, unwaged)

 

Lingua e Cinema (Language and Cinema)
Thursday 13th May – Thursday 24th June (with no class on Thursday 3rd June)
Room 238, Geoffrey Manton Building, All Saints Campus (see link for map)
14.00 – 16.00

This course is aimed at students who already have some knowledge of the Italian Language.

Based on the viewing and analysis of Italian films, the course will offer ample scope for practising the language through the exploration and analysis of a range of aspects of Italian cinema.

Activities are devised in order to work both on meaningful sequences taken from the films and to encourage a debate in Italian following the viewing of the full film.

Borrowing the title from one of Vittorio De Sica’s masterpieces, the common theme will be I bambini ci guardano (Children are Watching us).

Two hours per week for six weeks (12 hrs in total)

Full fee: £100.00
Concessionary fee: £75.00 (MMU staff, students, senior citizens, unwaged)

Both Italian courses will be led by Adalgisa Serio, Italian Lecturer at The Manchester College and CDLCI and associate lecturer at MMU; regular contributor to Italian film and educational courses at the Cornerhouse cinema and co-author of Collana Cinema Italia published by Edilingua.

 

Urdu Language and Culture
An Introductory Course for Beginners
Wednesday 12th May – Wednesday 30th June
Room 3.06, Sandra Burslem Building, All Saints Campus (see link for map)
18.00 – 19.30

This eight-week course is for absolute beginners and aims to give students a basic knowledge of the Urdu language. In order to develop their communicative skills, students will engage in pair-work and group-work activities, and will have the opportunity to listen to and utilise a range of adapted and authentic materials.
Additionally, language and culture will be explored through film, song and poetry.

The course will incorporate visits to the local Urdu-speaking community in Manchester to give students the opportunity to practise their linguistic skills in real-life situations and to give them an insight into Pakistani traditions and culture.

1 ½ hours per week for eight weeks (12 hrs in total)

Course fee: £75.00

 

Lingua e Cinema Italiana (Italian Language and Cinema)

Date: 
Thursday, 13 May, 2010 - 01:00 to Thursday, 24 June, 2010 - 01:00
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Manchester Metropolitan University

Lingua e Cinema (Language and Cinema)
Thursday 13th May - Thursday 24th June (with no class on Thursday 3rd June)

Room 238, Geoffrey Manton Building, All Saints Campus

14.00 - 16.00

This course is aimed at students who already have some knowledge of the Italian Language.

Based on the viewing and analysis of Italian films, the course will offer ample scope for practising the language through the exploration and analysis of a range of aspects of Italian cinema.

Activities are devised in order to work both on meaningful sequences taken from the films and to encourage a debate in Italian following the viewing of the full film.

Borrowing the title from one of Vittorio De Sica's masterpieces, the common theme will be I bambini ci guardano (Children are Watching us).

Two hours per week for six weeks (12 hrs in total)

Full fee: £100.00

Concessionary fee: £75.00 (MMU staff, students, senior citizens, unwaged)

Both Italian courses will be led by Adalgisa Serio, Italian Lecturer at The Manchester College and CDLCI and associate lecturer at MMU; regular contributor to Italian film and educational courses at the Cornerhouse cinema and co-author of Collana Cinema Italia published by Edilingua.
 

Deadline for enrolment: Tuesday 4th May

How do I enrol?
Print out a copy of the enrolment form and fill it in. You can send your form by post or fax. Alternatively, you can scan your form and return it by e-mail. Full joining details will be sent to you at least 7 days prior to the course. This will be done via the e-mail address you have provided; if you do not have an e-mail address we will contact you via post.

Please note that places on courses are limited and are booked on a first-come first-served basis, so we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment. Courses may be cancelled if demand is not sufficient to run the course.

How do I pay?
Payment can be made in one of the following ways:

By Cheque
Complete the enrolment form and return it with a cheque for the correct fee, made payable to Manchester Metropolitan University.

By credit/debit card
Fill in your credit/debit card details on the enrolment form and send it back. We can accept the following credit cards: Visa/Maestro/Mastercard/Delta.

Refunds and Cancellations
Cancellations are permitted up to 10 days before the start of a course, subject to a £25 cancellation fee. Refunds will not be made for cancellations less than 10 days before the start of a course unless we are able to fill the place with another student. Inability to attend due to illness, personal or professional commitments does not entitle you to a refund; however in such cases we will consider all the circumstances and take such action as we consider to be fair and reasonable.

Cancellation by Us
All courses have minimum attendance levels and may be subject to cancellation in situations where insufficient bookings are received. Whilst we make every effort to avoid this situation, should it arise you will be entitled to a full refund of any fees paid or have the option to transfer onto a different course. We will not be held liable however for any other losses incurred as a consequence.
In the unlikely circumstances that an individual class has to be postponed due to staff illness or any other reason for which we are responsible, we will make every reasonable effort to reschedule or add the missed hours onto the remaining classes in the course. Where this causes difficulty, you are encouraged to contact us to discuss options.
 

Italian Women on Screen

Date: 
Wednesday, 12 May, 2010 - 01:00 to Wednesday, 23 June, 2010 - 01:00
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Manchester Metropolitan University

Italian Women on Screen
Wednesday 12th May - Wednesday 23rd June (with no class on Wed 2nd June)

Room 238, Geoffrey Manton Building, All Saints Campus

14.00 - 16.00

Through past and contemporary examples of the work of Italian actresses and female film directors, we will explore some aspects of the changing social background of Italy since the late 1950s and 1960s and how the role of women has evolved and adapted in response to those changes. The individual sessions will provide ample opportunities for discussion.

This six-week course is an ideal follow-up to the one already run by Adalgisa Serio at the Cornerhouse cinema. However, attendance on the previous course is not a prerequisite.

Two hours per week for six weeks (12 hrs in total)

Full fee: £100.00

Concessionary fee: £75.00 (MMU staff, students, senior citizens, unwaged)

Deadline for enrolment: Tuesday 4th May 2010

 How do I enrol?
Print out a copy of the enrolment form and fill it in. You can send your form by post or fax. Alternatively, you can scan your form and return it by e-mail. Full joining details will be sent to you at least 7 days prior to the course. This will be done via the e-mail address you have provided; if you do not have an e-mail address we will contact you via post.

Please note that places on courses are limited and are booked on a first-come first-served basis, so we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment. Courses may be cancelled if demand is not sufficient to run the course.

How do I pay?
Payment can be made in one of the following ways:

By Cheque
Complete the enrolment form and return it with a cheque for the correct fee, made payable to Manchester Metropolitan University.

By credit/debit card
Fill in your credit/debit card details on the enrolment form and send it back. We can accept the following credit cards: Visa/Maestro/Mastercard/Delta.

Refunds and Cancellations
Cancellations are permitted up to 10 days before the start of a course, subject to a £25 cancellation fee. Refunds will not be made for cancellations less than 10 days before the start of a course unless we are able to fill the place with another student. Inability to attend due to illness, personal or professional commitments does not entitle you to a refund; however in such cases we will consider all the circumstances and take such action as we consider to be fair and reasonable.

Cancellation by Us
All courses have minimum attendance levels and may be subject to cancellation in situations where insufficient bookings are received. Whilst we make every effort to avoid this situation, should it arise you will be entitled to a full refund of any fees paid or have the option to transfer onto a different course. We will not be held liable however for any other losses incurred as a consequence.
In the unlikely circumstances that an individual class has to be postponed due to staff illness or any other reason for which we are responsible, we will make every reasonable effort to reschedule or add the missed hours onto the remaining classes in the course. Where this causes difficulty, you are encouraged to contact us to discuss options.
 

Urdu Language and Culture Evening Classes

Date: 
Wednesday, 12 May, 2010 - 01:00 to Wednesday, 30 June, 2010 - 01:00
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Manchester Metropolitan University

Urdu Language and Culture
An Introductory Course for Beginners

Wednesday 12th May - Wednesday 30th June from 18.00 - 19.30 p.m.

Room 3.06, Sandra Burslem Building, All Saints Campus

This eight-week course is for absolute beginners and aims to give students a basic knowledge of the Urdu language. In order to develop their communicative skills, students will engage in pair-work and group-work activities, and will have the opportunity to listen to and utilise a range of adapted and authentic materials.

Additionally, language and culture will be explored through film, song and poetry.

The course will incorporate visits to the local Urdu-speaking community in Manchester to give students the opportunity to practise their linguistic skills in real-life situations and to give them an insight into Pakistani traditions and culture.

1 ½ hours per week for eight weeks (12 hrs in total)

Course fee: £75.00
 

Deadline for enrolment: Tuesday 4th May 2010
 

How do I enrol?
Print out a copy of the enrolment form attached and fill it in. You can send your form by post or fax. Alternatively, you can scan your form and return it by e-mail. Full joining details will be sent to you at least 7 days prior to the course. This will be done via the e-mail address you have provided; if you do not have an e-mail address we will contact you via post.

Please note that places on courses are limited and are booked on a first-come first-served basis, so we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment. Courses may be cancelled if demand is not sufficient to run the course.

How do I pay?
Payment can be made in one of the following ways:

By Cheque
Complete the enrolment form and return it with a cheque for the correct fee, made payable to Manchester Metropolitan University.

By credit/debit card
Fill in your credit/debit card details on the enrolment form and send it back. We can accept the following credit cards: Visa/Maestro/Mastercard/Delta.

Refunds and Cancellations
Cancellations are permitted up to 10 days before the start of a course, subject to a £25 cancellation fee. Refunds will not be made for cancellations less than 10 days before the start of a course unless we are able to fill the place with another student. Inability to attend due to illness, personal or professional commitments does not entitle you to a refund; however in such cases we will consider all the circumstances and take such action as we consider to be fair and reasonable.

Cancellation by us
All courses have minimum attendance levels and may be subject to cancellation in situations where insufficient bookings are received. Whilst we make every effort to avoid this situation, should it arise you will be entitled to a full refund of any fees paid or have the option to transfer onto a different course. We will not be held liable however for any other losses incurred as a consequence.
In the unlikely circumstances that an individual class has to be postponed due to staff illness or any other reason for which we are responsible, we will make every reasonable effort to reschedule or add the missed hours onto the remaining classes in the course. Where this causes difficulty, you are encouraged to contact us to discuss options.
 

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