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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

North West

Training course for Arabic and Mandarin Teachers

Wednesday, 13 October, 2010 - 01:00 to Wednesday, 22 December, 2010 - 00:00
North West
Manchester Metropolitan University

Develop your classroom expertise by joining our practical 20-hour course for Arabic teachers of Arabic and Chinese teachers of Mandarin Chinese.

The course is packed with practical ideas and suggestions for making your classes more motivating, more enjoyable and more memorable. All the ideas we will share with you are designed to make your classes more effective and to help you prepare and teach lessons that will help your students make rapid progress.

These ten week courses last for 20 hours in total and cost just £140.

For further details and a course outline please contact: or call 0161-247-3945.

"Why Study Languages" Talks

Wednesday, 20 October, 2010 - 01:00 to Friday, 1 April, 2011 - 01:00
North West
North West

We have a team of trained Student Ambassadors who can come into your school or college to deliver a 'Why Study Languages?' talk to your pupils. This can last between 20 minutes to 45 minutes and explains the personal and professional benefits that languages can bring. This can be pitched at any age group.

To cover our costs, there will be a fee of around £30 for each visit (it might be more depending on your location and associated travel costs).

If you would like to book a talk, please get in touch and let us know the date and time you would like a speaker, the age group and the number of pupils. Email us at

National Spelling Bee

Sunday, 26 September, 2010 - 01:00 to Wednesday, 6 July, 2011 - 01:00
North West


To be launched on the European Day of Languages, the aim of the Spelling Bee is for students in Year 7 to practise and improve their vocabulary, spelling and memory skills in a foreign language (French, Spanish and German) and to raise the profile of language learning through a class, school and regional competition. 

Due to its success last year in the East of England, Routes into Languages have decided to roll this out nationally. Each region will hold competitions, run by the Routes regional teams. The winners will meet in July 2011 for the National Final in Cambridge.

For more information, please click here to view the flyer. If you would like to take part, please complete and return the registration form.


Winners of the LAFTAs! World of Languages Category - BACON BUTTY

North West

We are pleased to announce that the North West entry "Bacon Butty" won the LAFTA Award for the category of World of Languages. The video clip was produced by students from Cumbria University and was praised for its quality of shooting, and its strong message that it is not cool to be monolingual.

You can view the winning clip through this link (it is clip number 21):

Trainee Position in Portuguese Consulate General in Manchester

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:


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

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

Winners of the European Award for Languages!

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!  

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Teachers of Urdu in the North West 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:


LAFTA Awards: Two shortlisted clips from the North West!

North West



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:


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

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!