I am posting a an email message I received via the Linguanet forum. It may be of interest to MFL teachers in the south east of England in particular. It looks interesting.
"A new project between the universities of Reading and Oxford has seen the establishment of a Professional Development Consortium in MFL. The consortium involves leading MFL classroom teachers and researchers who are working to establish a closer relationship between research-based principles of effective language teaching and learning, and current practice within the MFL curriculum. We want to invite all language teachers to join the consortium by attending one of our six workshops which will take place this summer. The workshops will exemplify how eight research-based language learning principles can be implemented in MFL classrooms with the aim of raising attainment among students. The subsequent dialogue between researchers and teachers of modern languages will continue, as the consortium seeks to apply the outcomes of the workshops to other areas of the MFL curriculum. The workshops will be an all-day event with lunch provided. Attendance is free of charge. The scheduled dates are: Reading – 13 June / London – 19 June / Oxford – 26 June / Walsall – 29 June / London – 3 July / Bristol – 12 July For further details and to register please contact Heike Bruton at firstname.lastname@example.org"