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The new Routes into Languages website is currently in development and will be launching in the new year!


Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility


Threlford Memorial Cup - nominations now open


Each year, the IoL Educational Trust (IoLET) hosts an Awards Evening to honour candidates who have performed exceptionally well in the IoL Educational Trust (IoLET) examinations.

Along with awards of academic recognition, the Threlford Memorial Cup is also presented during the ceremony and is awarded to an individual, organisation or project that has made a significant contribution to ‘fostering the study of languages’. The David Crystal Trophy is presented to the runner up.

The winners of the Threlford Memorial Cup and the David Crystal Trophy are chosen by a panel who now invite nominations for the 2014 awards.

If you know of a person or organisation that deserves to be recognised for their work within the field of language study we would be very pleased to hear from you; please use the nomination form below.

For further information please contact: Debbie Butler at the Chartered Institute of Linguists via email or telephone +44 (0)20 7940 3100.

CLOSING DATE FOR NOMINATIONS: Friday 5 September 2014 (Downloadable form can be found below)

Awards will be presented in November.


More about the award and past winners

The Threlford Memorial Cup was originally presented in 1935 by the founder of the Institute of Linguists, Sir Lacon Threlford, for “fostering the study of languages”. This award attracts a strong field of contenders and the David Crystal Trophy is given as a Special Commendation.

Previously awarded for excellence in an examination, the Threlford Memorial Cup is now presented to a person, institution or organisation that has strived to foster the study of languages, in keeping with Sir Lacon’s intent. A wide range of winners representing a diverse and innovative spectrum of language learning has been presented with the cup.


The current cup holder is 2013 award winner Lizzie Fane, founder of the website Lizzie was astonished by the lack of information and advice available to help her prepare for her year abroad as a student of Italian. The website she developed in response to this has grown into a flourishing business, offering practical advice to language students embarking on their third year abroad, including a jobs board for students and graduates with linguistic and intercultural skills.

As the founder of a start-up, it's incredibly exciting to receive recognition at this level from such a prestigious organisation as the CIOL. It's a validation stamp that the site is making a difference.’                                                    

                                                                                            Lizzie Fane


The 2012 winner, Arsenal Double Club Languages, were praised for their ambition to address both gender and social imbalance in language learning and their innovative blend of education through enjoyment. Special mention was also given for the careful and thoughtful nomination application.


2011 winners, Italian in Italy, were commended for their work both in their language centre and through participating in Europe-wide projects. In 2010, Luisa Ribeiro was awarded for her work with the Portuguese speaking Community, and on the importance of home languages, on behalf of Lambeth Council, and in 2009, the ‘Our Languages Project’ won for supporting community languages and aiming to encourage community cohesion, celebrating pupil achievement and promoting plurilingualism.

New campaigns for Languages


Languages Manifesto

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Languages is launching its Manifesto Campaign for Languages aimed at all political parties in the run-up to the next election.

The University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) GCSE requirement

UCML is launching a campaign aimed at all universities to ask for a language qualification as an entry requirement regardless of subject of study.

More information on these campaigns is available on the UCML website

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Routes into Languages National Spelling Bee

Thursday, 26 September, 2013 - 01:00 to Friday, 4 July, 2014 - 01:00
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The Routes into Languages Foreign Language Spelling Bee 2013/4 will be officially launching on the European Day of Languages (26th September).


There will be a brand new website coming soon and you'll be able to click here to go straight to it as soon as it goes live. In the meantime, if you did not take part in the competition last year and would like to this year, please email to be put on the database for an email with registration details as soon as they become available.

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