The Department of Languages, Cultures and Applied Linguistics, in the School of Arts, brings together the two areas of the College’s teaching and research whose primary focus is on language and languages: the applied study of language and communication, multilingualism and the pedagogy of language learning; and the study of cultures and cultural production in a number of language areas, combined with practical language learning in four European languages and Japanese.
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), we achieved 100% at the highest ratings for research environment – deemed as a place most ‘conducive to producing research of world-leading and internationally excellent quality, in terms of its vitality and sustainability’. 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
Our interdisciplinary research centres, Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC) and the Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research (CMMR), attract colleagues and students from across the School of Arts, from other Birkbeck schools and from the wider academic community.
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 master’s courses, all of which can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis:
• Applied Linguistics and Communication (MA)
• Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies in Modern Languages (MA/MRes)
• Language Teaching/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA)
• Social Research and Applied Linguistics (MRes)
Our staff have expertise in a variety of fields. Please see our departmental website for further information on our programmes and staff research and teaching interests.