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About New CiLT

Kati Szeless director of New CiLT
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Kati Szeless MA, director of New CiLT and primary languages consultant, is a former national Languages Teaching Adviser with CiLT, the National Centre for Languages and CfBT Education Trust. She is the author of the British Council’s Primary Languages Starter Pack and the French Teacher’s Pack published by Last Word Resources. She is currently working on a research project funded by the Education Endowment Fund investigating the effects of foreign language learning on first language literacy. Kati has also studied for her PQSI.

Kati has a background in primary education and taught in inner-London and West Sussex schools for twelve years as a class teacher, primary languages coordinator and lead teacher for Literacy. She joined CILT, the National Centre for Languages, as a teaching adviser in 2003 where she co-wrote the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages, the new QCA schemes of work for KS2 and Asset Languages’ Making and Marking Progress assessment tool as well as leading the development and content of CILT’s primary languages website. When CILT merged with CfBT in 2011, Kati worked as an education adviser with teaching schools across the country on the DfE-funded Languages Support Programme.

Born and raised in Brighton, Kati has been closely involved with both her local universities. She has taught at Brighton University on their 4-year primary teacher programme and studied at Sussex for her Master’s degree in education research identifying links between first and second language literacy skills.

Having a Hungarian father ensured that languages have always been a fundamental part of Kati’s life. One of the greatest pleasures in her career as a teacher, adviser and consultant has been the opportunity to work with inspirational teachers across the country who are committed to making language learning a central, successful and exciting part of the primary curriculum.
New CiLT was created to give former members of the advisory team at CILT, the National Centre for Languages a platform from which they could continue and further develop the work of an organisation with an internationally renowned reputation in the field of language teaching.

CILT, The National Centre for Languages was the government’s recognised centre of expertise on languages. It was formed in 2003 through the merger of the Languages National Training Organisation (founded in 1998) and the Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (CILT, founded in 1966). At that time CILT also coordinated NACELL, the National Advisory Centre for Early Language Learning. The project, set up in 1999, was funded by the DfES to promote and develop the provision of languages in primary education.

CILT’s creation was announced as part of the government’s National Languages Strategy. One of the centrepieces of the strategy was the introduction of an entitlement for all children at Key Stage 2 to learn a language by 2010 and CILT took this opportunity to develop its capacity to support early language learning by significantly increasing its primary advisory team.

Within its objective of developing quality and excellence in the field of languages, CILT, the National Centre for Languages, played a key role in managing national initiatives in support of language capability as well as offering a wide range of services for teachers, learners, and providers of language services.
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