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The Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, which is housed within the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, was established in 1965 by Professor Michel Blanc, making us the first department in England to focus on the study of applied linguistics. We remain the only Department of Applied Linguistics in the University of London.
Our research focuses on the diverse phenomena of multilingualism, which we believe is the rule rather than the exception in today’s world. We adopt a very broad and interdisciplinary approach, and believe that it is through rigorous, critical examination of these phenomena that the nature and functions of language and communication can be understood more holistically.
In the results of the most recent Research Excellent Framework (REF) 2014, the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, in its joint submission with the Department of Cultures and Languages, achieved 100% at the highest ratings for research environment and is deemed as a place most ‘conducive to producing research of world-leading and internationally excellent quality, in terms of its vitality and sustainability’.
We are an institutional member of the British Association of Applied Linguistics and IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) and an affiliated member of the International Association of Applied Linguistics
We offer an exciting, innovative range of Masters courses, all of which can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis:
Applied Linguistics and Communication (MA)
Intercultural Communication for Business and Professions (MA)
Language Teaching (MA)
Social Research and Applied Linguistics (MRes)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA)
Our staff have expertise in a variety of fields, and our research explores the diverse phenomena of multilingualism.
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Our MA Applied Linguistics and Communication is taught by leading specialists in multilingualism and multiculturalism. Applied linguistics has been taught at Birkbeck since 1965, making this one of the oldest departments in the world. Read more
As a research student, you will be interested in your own development as a lifelong learner and will seek to engage in critical debate and key issues of education and lifelong learning. Read more
Our Postgraduate Diploma in Intercultural Communication will expand your awareness of different cultures and workplace diversity, enhance your understanding of intercultural communication, and encourage you to reflect on your own culture and language use. Read more
Our Postgraduate Certificate in Intercultural Communication will expand your awareness of different cultures and workplace diversity, enhance your understanding of intercultural communication, and encourage you to reflect on your own culture and language use. Read more
Our MA Intercultural Communication for Business and Professions offers you an opportunity to raise your cross-cultural awareness and enhance your intercultural… Read more
Birkbeck's specialist MA Language Teaching is designed for people who are already experienced foreign or second language teachers who want to develop their career opportunities, or those with less experience but a strong interest in pursuing a career in this field. Read more
Our Postgraduate Certificate in Language Teaching/TESOL offers you the opportunity to update and expand your knowledge of the theories of language teaching and learning. Read more
Our Postgraduate Diploma in Language Teaching/TESOL gives you the opportunity to update and expand your knowledge of the theories of language teaching and learning. Read more
Why is human language unique, and unlike any other natural communication system? How do children learn their first language? Do women and men speak differently? Are some forms of English better than others? Why does language change through time? Linguistics seeks to provide answers to questions such as those above, and many others. Read more
Our MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed for people who are already English language teachers and want to develop their career opportunities, or those with less experience but a strong interest in pursuing a career in this field. Read more