All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad

All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad

A competition for students in secondary level education which involves problem solving and unpicking codes and challenges in a range of international languages.

Free AILO Preparatory Workshop for Pupils

NICILT runs free workshops for pupils who take part in the competition. These usually take place in December or January.

The 2017/18 workshops have now finished. Information on the 2018/19 workshops will be posted here soon.



An all-island competition

For post-primary pupils

The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) is a competition for pupils to test their ability to solve complex problems in languages from around the world. No prior knowledge of the language is required and the competition is a test of logic, patience and the ability to think outside the box! The contest is open to participants in Northern Ireland and they may be entered into one of two categories: Junior (up to 16 years of age) and Senior (over 16 years of age).

All-Ireland Team

Win prizes

Students can win prizes and trophies for their school and the winners will move forward to compete with Team Ireland in the International Linguistics Olympiad during the summer months. Workshops will be held before the competition in collaboration with NICILT and AILO tutors from the Adapt Centre at DCU.

More on the competition in Bulgaria in 2015.