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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility


Routes into Languages is at the London Language Show Live 2015


16-18 October 2015 - London Olympia

Come and visit the Routes into Languages stand  (Stand 822) and listen to the Routes into Languages Project Managers' seminar (Saturday 17 October, 10.30 - 11.15 in Room 4) "What Routes into Languages can do for you and your school".  In this seminar we will share information about exciting projects that have helped to take languages out of the classroom and have proved successful in motivating learners, including the Foreign Language Spelling Bee, Languages Challenges and more.

Call for contributions to an e-book EMPLOYABILITY FOR LANGUAGES: A HANDBOOK


We are planning the publication of a selection of case studies showcasing the excellent and inspiring work of language teachers, academics and practitioners in the area of employability for language graduates. This collection will form a snapshot of good practice and show the outcomes of recent projects and debates in the area of employability. Case studies will accompany articles from invited contributors describing a variety of personal experiences in the area.

This open access e-book will be freely available for download and will be aimed at practitioners in secondary and tertiary education. The focus of the book will be around practical experience ‘in the field’ and reflective practice, rather than research.

Possible themes include:

·        Projects in the area of employability for languages

·        Engaging in embedding employability as part of the languages curriculum

·        Transition from education to the job market

·        Language skills as part of the 21st century graduate curriculum

·        Schemes supporting employability

·        Technology for employability

We anticipate case studies to be no more than3000 words and we will issue a template to all accepted authors to work to, which is likely to include Context/rationale, aims/outcomes, what you did, evaluation/impact and conclusion.

Please, send your expression of interest in electronic form to the co-editors Erika Corradini, Kate Borthwick and Angela Gallagher-Brett at including the word ‘ebook employability’ in the subject field.

The deadline for expressions of interest (max 350 words) has been extended to Monday 12 October 2015 - 16.00hrs.

The Year Abroad Awards 2015


The Year Abroad Awards 2015 are designed to celebrate and reward UK students who have spent time working, studying or volunteering abroad during their degree. The ten categories have been carefully selected to showcase the qualities that epitomise a year abroad student - creativity, bravery, ingenuity, a global mindset and a sense of humour! The deadline is on 13th September 2015. New sponsors and prizes to be announced!


To enter the Year Abroad Awards, you must be a student at a UK university (or have graduated from a UK university within the past year) and have spent up to a year studying, working or volunteering abroad during your degree. Please check out our FAQs and T&Cs for more information about the Awards, and scroll down to read more and enter.


  1. The Blogging Award for Best Documentation of Adventures
  2. The Photography Award for the Photo of the Year
  3. The Videography Award for the Film of the Year
  4. The Entrepreneurial Award for the Best Startup Idea
  5. The Students' Choice Award for the Most Outstanding University Advisor
  6. The Adversity Award for the Most Inspirational Student
  7. The Language Award for the Best Grasp of a Foreign Language
  8. The Year Abroad Yarn Award for the Most Brilliant Anecdote
  9. The Universities' Choice Award for the Most Transformed Student
  10. The Travel Writer Award for the Best Mole Diary


For further details, click here



REMINDER: Nominations for the Threlford Memorial Cup 2015


REMINDER: Only a few days left: the closing date for nominations is Friday 31 July 2015

IoL Educational Trust (IoLET), the awarding body of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, invites nominations for the Threlford Memorial Cup 2015. The cup will be presented to the winner at an awards ceremony in central London in November.

The Threlford Memorial Cup is awarded annually to an individual, organisation or project making a significant contribution to 'fostering the study of languages', in the words of CIOL founder Sir Lacon Threlford. The runner up receives the David Crystal Trophy, kindly donated by renowned linguist and CIOL Honorary Fellow, Professor David Crystal.

The awards have attracted a wide variety of nominations in previous years and recent winners include the Arsenal Double Club Languages, and GCHQ's Language Outreach Project.

Anyone wishing to submit a suitable candidate for the award should download the nomination form from the Annual Awards 2015 page of the CIOL website, complete in full, supplying two referees, and send by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Further information from:

Debbie Butler
Communications and Marketing Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
020 7940 3105

#YearOverHere Campaign


Discover the world's greatest languages, festivals and culture, right here in the UK !

Welcome to our #YearOverHere Campaign, in partnership with Routes into Languages.  As linguists, we tend to have our gaze fixed outside the UK (especially when planning - or pining! - for our time abroad) - so much so that we often forget to appreciate the incredible intercultural opportunities we have here at home! As part of our campaign we have collected listings of upcoming UK-based foreign cultural events** and courses, language-enhancing resources and top tips to help you immerse yourself in a foreign culture in order to hone your global skills - all without leaving the UK!

For further details go to:

Routes Live


Routes into Languages is launching a series of webinars covering the topic of employability as part of a strand of online dissemination activity which HEFCE has asked us to carry out and which was discussed at a recent Project Managers' meeting.

The first webinar 'Working as a translator or interpreter: ask the experts!' is scheduled for Friday, 10 July 2015, 12.30-1.30. The event aims to address an audience of students, teachers and trainers who are invited to ask questions to a panel of experts.

Please, visit to find out more details about this event.

And follow us on Twitter #RoutesLive where anybody can post questions to be fed to the panel before the day of the webinar.