As the National Centre for Languages, CILT , in partnership with
others, aims to provide an overview of expertise, resources, good and innovative practice, and
funding opportunities to support
excellent language teaching and learning in further and adult
education around the country.
CILT is also the government recognised UK
Sector Skills Body for Languages, Interpreting,
Translation and intercultural Working and as such, we work closely
with Awarding Bodies and provide up to date advice to teachers on
The UK European Language Portfolio
(ELP) has been developed by CILT and approved by the Council of Europe. This
supports learners who are not taking a formal qualification,
providing a clear framework to establish learning goals and record
achievement. CILT has also developed supplementary materials for
tutors using the ELP to meet the requirements of RARPA (Recognising and Recording
Progress and Achievement in non-Accredited Learning).
Seeing languages used in the workplace
There are a number of initiatives which provide opportunities for
language learners to actually experience the value of language
skills for their future work and lives and to understand better the
jobs and careers where language skills are needed today.
In England, students can participate in the
Business Language Champions (BLC) programme where local employers
work with schools and colleges to demonstrate the relevance of
languages and intercultural skills for business and the workplace.
Partners in this programme with CILT include the National Education
Business Partnership Network , Business in the Community and the
Regional Language Networks.
Short Work Experience Placements and
Learning Partnerships abroad
Funding, guidance and support is available for students to
undertake short work experience placements or to develop learning
partnerships with students in another European country. The
European Commission’s Lifelong Learning
Programme provides a wealth of funded opportunities.
The Leonardo mobility
strand funds travel and subsistence for students to
undertake work experience
strand funds partnership projects between colleges and
schools across Europe
The Grundtvig strand funds adult
learning partnerships, teacher study visits and work shadowing in
other European countries. This provides opportunities for
refreshing language skills and valuable continuing professional