CILT works to convince people of all ages, at all stages of learning and in all walks of life, of the benefits of learning and using more than one language. We do this by using our expertise as the National Centre for Languages to influence policy, spread best practice and to support the development of language professionals. We support the Department for Children, Schools & Families in implementing policies to improve the teaching and learning of languages and provide independent advice on all aspects of language teaching, learning and use. We are the UK standard-setting body for languages and provide advice, intelligence and other services for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.


Multilingualism Policy

The EU policy of communicating in 23 official languages (multilingualism policy) is unique in the world. All official languages enjoy equal status. EU citizens in the 27 member countries can use any of them to communicate with the European institutions, which helps to make the Union more open and more effective.


Languages Work

On this site you’ll find everything you need to know about how you could use languages in a wide range of careers.
Whether you’re a language learner, a languages teacher or a careers adviser, we’ve plenty of advice and information for you to take away and share with others.


Languages ICT

This website from CILT and ALL provides a gateway to information and guidance for teachers of languages on using Information and Communications Technology in the classroom. Whether you are teaching French or Urdu, German or Japanese, at KS2, KS3 or 14 to 19, there is something here for you.


Our Languages

The ‘Our Languages’ project supports community languages teaching and learning and aims to encourage community cohesion, celebrate pupil achievement and promote plurilingualism. Regional partnerships across England involve schools in the project in a variety of activities. We also provide information on accreditation, community language provision in your local area as well as current research, events and links related to community languages education.


Primary Languages

From professional development to practical teaching ideas, from resources to research – this is the national gateway to advice, information and support for everyone interested in primary languages.




Chartered Institute of Linguists

The Chartered Institute of Linguists serves the interests of professional linguists throughout the world and acts as a respected language assessment and accredited awarding body.

Founded in 1910, the Institute now has around 6,500 Fellows, Members and Associate Members. It aims to promote the learning and use of modern languages, improve the status of all professional linguists, establish and maintain high standards of work, serve the interests of all linguists and ensure professional standards amongst language practitioners through its Code of Conduct.


The Institute of Translation & Interpreting

The Institute of Translation & Interpreting was founded in 1986 as the only independent professional association of practising translators and interpreters in the United Kingdom. It is now one of the primary sources of information on these services to government, industry, the media and the general public. With its aim of promoting the highest standards in the profession, ITI serves as a meeting place for all those who understand the importance of translation and interpreting to the economy and society, particularly with the expansion of a single European market of over forty languages and the growth of worldwide communications. ITI offers guidance to those entering the profession and advice not only to those who offer language services but also to their customer.

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