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Language World 2020: ALL Working Together

Friday 13 - Saturday 14 March 2020 at Renaissance Manchester City Centre

The Association for Language Learning’s annual conference and CPD event offers a packed programme with speakers from across the languages sector which attracts up to 250 participants a day, with a large number coming from primary and secondary schools.

- It's an exhibition: a large and varied exhibition showcasing the latest in language learning resources and support

- It's a real boost to your teaching: a great way to recharge your batteries – a two day shot of ideas, advice, debate and inspiration

- It's a celebration: get together with other language teachers from around the UK, and around the world...... at Language World!

Conference Programme

We are pleased to announce the Language World 2020 programme has now been published!

With a wide and exciting range of themes, topics and speakers you can expect a rewarding and informative experience.

Download the progamme here.

Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce our Keynote Speakers:

Modern Languages and Student Mentoring: Digital Innovation and Raising Motivation for Languages in England and Wales
Prof Claire Gorrara & Lucy Jenkins, Cardiff University

Towards a national strategy for languages
Prof Neil Kenny, The British Academy

Creative Translation to Raise Aspiration: Translators in Schools and the Stephen Spender Prize
Charlotte Ryland, Stephen Spender Trust

Languages, curriculum and inspection
Michael Wardle, Ofsted

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

We are very pleased to offer an exciting range of Sponsorship & Exhibition packages available for Language World 2020!.

The full details of all the available packages can be found in the Sponsorship & Exhibition Information Pack. If this is of interest to you or discuss further please contact us on 01332 224504 or complete and return the Sponsorship & Exhibition Application Form to alk-oe.oul@cjnsc.k and we will confirm your booking.

Elapse Delegate Bursary

The deadline for submitting bursary applications was 00.00 (midnight) on Monday 10 February 2020.

Notification of outcome will be sent to all applicants by Friday 14 February 2020.

Registration fees can be found on the event booking page. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224504.


This event is made possible through the generous support of the following organisations:


Speakers and Facilitators


Prof Claire Gorrara

Claire Gorrara is Dean of Research Environment and Culture at Cardiff University and Professor of French. She is the academic lead for the MFL Mentoring Programme in Wales and the Language Horizons Programme in England. She researches in the areas of multilingualism and curriculum development, most recently, ‘Multilingual Perspectives: Preparing for Language Learning in the New Curriculum for Wales’, forthcoming in The Curriculum Journal (2020) with L. Jenkins, E. Jepson and T. Llewelyn Machin.

Lucy Jenkins

Lucy is the National Coordinator for the MFL Student Mentoring Project, based at Cardiff University, and has recently taken on the role of Project Manager for Language Horizons, a DfE funded digital mentoring project for languages. In the 18 months Lucy has also acted as a research assistant on an AHRC Open World Research Initiative project. Lucy is developing her expertise in pedagogical approaches to language learning both at a research and practical level. Currently working with particular interest on the interface between mentoring, learner motivation and online technology, Lucy has been instrumental in developing Language Horizons, and is looking to advance her work on engagement factors impacting upon uptake of MFLs as well as pedagogical approaches to teaching languages. Lucy has published on the work of the MFL Student Mentoring in a variety of forums.

Prof Neil Kenny

Neil Kenny is Lead Fellow for Languages at the British Academy. He is Professor of French at the University of Oxford and Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, having previously taught at other universities. For decades he has been involved in work with schools and colleges and in widening participation.

Charlotte Ryland

Charlotte Ryland is Director of the Stephen Spender Trust and founder of the Queen’s College Translation Exchange in Oxford, organisations dedicated to promoting language-learning, multilingualism and translation. In both of these roles she aims to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in literary translation, to move away from traditional language hierarchies, and to bring creative translation activities into UK schools.

Michael Wardle

Michael Wardle is one of her majesty’s inspectors and subject lead for languages for Ofsted. Before working with Ofsted, he was headteacher at a large, successful 11-18 school in Durham city, which had previously been designated a language college. Prior to headship, he held a variety of positions including officer for modern languages in Durham LA. In the past he coordinated CPD across the North-east of England under the banner of Comenius (an outreach arm for the then CILT, the National Centre for Languages), and wrote training materials for CILT on primary upskilling and vocational programmes 16-19. He has authored German and French textbooks, acted as editor for ALL French language journal Francophonie and more recently advised the Department for Education around some of the practicalities around staffing MFL for the English Baccalaureate as ‘policy fellow’.

Michael inspected schools for over ten years while working in schools, and has experience working with primary, secondary, special schools of all types, and alternative provisions, including PRUs. He also leads local area SEND inspections. Michael holds a doctorate in education.


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