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The Chartered Institute of Linguists serves the interests of professional linguists throughout the world. The IoL Educational Trust (IoLET), its associated charity, acts as a respected language assessment and recognised awarding organisation delivering Ofqual (Office of Qualification and Examination Regulation) accredited qualifications. The Institute is also actively involved in language issues at both a national and an international level.

Founded in 1910, the Institute now has over 6,000 Fellows, Members and Associate Members. It aims to:

  • serve the professional interests of its members
  • provide nationally accredited and other professional qualifications and set standards for language practitioners
  • be an authoritative voice promoting the learning and use of languages, and the professional status of language work
  • advise on policy and strategy affecting languages.

It acts as a forum for linguists in all areas of professional and academic life and its authoritative journal, The Linguist, contains articles of both academic and practical interest.  

The Institute's patron is HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO. Prince Michael also has his own website with more information about himself and his family:

The Institute's Strategic Plan 2012-2014 can be viewed by clicking here.

The Chartered Institute of Linguists maintains this web site regularly for the benefit of members and non-members alike. If you would like to know more about the Chartered Institute of Linguists you can e-mail us at

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