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Welcoming Message

Founded in 1910, the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) has been serving all professional linguists around the world. It is one of the leading professional bodies in UK which functions as a language assessment authority and qualifications awarding body. The Institute’s professional qualifications are recognized worldwide.


The Hong Kong Society (HKS) of CIOL was established in 1984. It strives for promotion of professional language use in our region and provides opportunities for members to share views on language issues. By organizing bimonthly professional development activities such as talks and forums, the Society gathers members, academics and specialists to take part in in-depth discussions on various language topics. It also provides a platform for local members to exchange their views on language issues through regular publications. Recently, it has successfully launched the prestigious “Chartered Linguist” status in Hong Kong. Through a special arrangement with the Headquarters, qualified members may now complete the whole application process in Hong Kong without going to UK.


HKS has been contributing to our society through its professional language services. For example, it has organised forums, symposiums and talks on school media of instruction to examine relevant government policies and explore strategies that schools and parents may adopt. In addition, HKS has been invited to participate in large-scale exhibitions and offer training courses for teachers in tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools in the Chinese Mainland. It provides diversified consultancy and language assessment services as well.


HKS is the largest regional society of CIOL. We will put every effort into furthering our professional services in Greater China, in order to enhance the overall language standard.


You are welcome to learn more about us through this website.


Li Kam Cheong, PhD, FCIL, CL
The Chartered Institute of Linguists Hong Kong Society

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