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

Monday 18th December 2017 (11.30-13.00)

Peter Froggatt Centre (Room 02/026) Queen's University Belfast

NICILT is collaborating with the organisers of AILO and the ADAPT Centre at DCU to provide a free preparatory workshop for pupils taking part in the competition this year.

Pupils will receive a specially-designed pack full of specimen materials which help them prepare for the competition, as well as hands-on training and top tips from specialist tutors from the ADAPT Centre.  This training will help them learn how to decode any linguistic puzzle!

Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information about the competition visit the AILO website here



Please complete and return by email to or by post to NICILT, 8 College Green, Belfast, BT7 1LN, before 5pm on Thursday 14th December 2017.

For generic enquiries about these workshops please contact Judith on

For queries about the competition, please contact Laura or Colm on



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.