About us

About Us

informal studio photograph of Ian Collen


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What we do


Resource Centre

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Get in touch

General Enquiries   nicilt@qub.ac.uk 02890 975954
NICILT Clerical Officer Miss Michelle Devenny m.devenny@qub.ac.uk 02890 975954
NICILT Manager Ms Louisa Gibson l.gibson@qub.ac.uk 02890 975955
NICILT Director Mr Ian Collen i.collen@qub.ac.uk 02890 975960
Office Hours Monday - Friday 9.30-1pm (closed 10.45-11.15am) 2-5 pm

What we do

NICILT, the Northern Ireland Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, is located at the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work in Queen’s University Belfast and its core funding is provided by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland. NICILT was established in 1995 as part of the CILT network, to offer a range of services to teachers and learners of modern languages.


NICILT, the Northern Ireland Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, offers a range of services to support teachers and learners of modern languages.

NICILT supports all sectors and stages of education in Northern Ireland, the implementation of national objectives in language learning and teaching, statutory language learning (11-14), early language learning, the post-16 sector and adult education and the objective of "Languages for All".


NICILT provides access to information and research on many aspects of language teaching and learning.

NICILT provides in-service training for teachers of Modern Languages and events for pupils which promote the learning of languages. It houses information on a range of language research projects, conducted at individual, institutional, national, UK-wide and international level. It also provides information on policy documents and statistics.


Unique role for PGCE

NICILT supports the students and staff of the PGCE Modern Languages course at Queen’s. Students use the Resource Centre and attend and contribute to NICILT events and training days. NICILT provides workshops and advises students on planning and best practice in the modern languages classroom.

NICILT Language events

More on our events and opportunities

"The event was very well organised, useful, insightful and incredibly engaging. I'd be very keen to attend similar future NICILT events. Part of the success of the event was the opportunity to interact with peers of all language backgrounds and share good practice."
Post-Primary Modern Languages Teacher
Delegate at Digital Language Learning Event 15-6-16

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Services for All

Resource Centre

The NICILT Resource Centre is open to the public. It is used by teachers and trainee teachers, principals, pupils, parents and governors, university lecturers and tutors, the Education Training Inspectorate and the Education Authority for N. Ireland, curriculum and careers advisers, researchers and educational publishers.

More on our Resource Centre

"Lots of superb resources at your fingertips- a fantastic treasure chest for language teachers! "
Teri Louise Thompson
PGCE Modern Languages 2015-16


School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Queen's University Belfast,
8 College Green
Northern Ireland
E-mail: nicilt@qub.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)28 9097 5954