Friday 28 March 2014


For the second year in a row, the British Council is working closely with the Ministry of Education to support the development of modern languages in primary schools.  An exciting conference programme will unite a panel of European experts, educational policy makers and academics from across  Europe, in Poitiers from 31 March– 1 April 2014 at the Ecole Supérieure de l’Education Nationale (ESENESR).

12 countries will be represented including: Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, France, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Romania and Wales.

The conference will consist of interactive workshops where European participants and French inspectors will discuss how modern languages are taught in their respective countries.

This is a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experience between European countries on the key issues for effective early language learning, such as language teaching policy, teachers’ recruitment process and training, curricula and child-appropriate teaching methods

Notes to Editor

As journalists, you are cordially invited to attend this event to be held at the ESENESRon 31 March and 1 April 2014.

For further information, please contact:

India Tracy, British Council : +33 (0)1 49 55 73 09 / +33 (0)6 51 30 57 04
June-Rose-Davis, British Council : +33 (0)1 49 55 73 09 / +33 (0)6 89 40 29 71


About the British Council

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Our 7,000 staff in over 100 countries work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year through English, arts, education and society programmes. 

A quarter of our funding comes from a UK government grant and we earn the remainder from services which customers pay for, education and development contracts we bid for, and from partnerships.