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School of Languages and Applied Linguistics

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Welcome to the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics. Our vision is to be an internationally recognised leader in key areas of teaching and researching language, communication and cultures in a complex and connected world. 

We provide outstanding teaching founded on world-class research in Applied Linguistics, English Language and Modern Languages. Subjects include intercultural communication, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish, English for academic and business purposes and English language studies. We also offer an introductory course in Welsh language and culture.

Our curriculum ranges from access modules to research degrees, including an MA in Translation and an MA in Applied Linguistics. Our undergraduate modules contribute to BA (Hons) degrees in Language Studies, Arts and Humanities, English Language and Literature and the BA (Hons) Open degree – and to their related Diplomas and Certificates in Higher Education. Our students also undertake MRes (Masters in Research Methods), PhDs and EdDs (Doctorate in Education). 

Our evidence-based, cutting-edge pedagogy is supported by the informed use of technology, and our expertise in distance education enhances intercultural understanding and the ability to communicate in diverse ways and through diverse means. We foster students’ understanding of the power of language to express cultural, political and social meanings and to express people’s identities in a multilingual and multicultural interconnected world. 

Our school includes over 12,000 students on our modules, more than 370 Associate Lecturers (part-time staff), 58 members of academic staff, 16 academic-related staff and 39 doctoral students (some studying full time on campus, others part time at a distance). A great diversity of linguistic, social and cultural backgrounds makes the School a truly vibrant multilingual and multicultural environment in which to work and study. 

We enjoy fruitful partnerships with organisations including the BBC, Times Educational Supplement, British Library, Department for International Development and The British Council.

Our research covers a range of areas, including:

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  • Academic and professional literacies
  • Children's informal language and literacy practices and children's literature
  • English in a global context
  • Intercultural communication
  • Language and creativity
  • Language teaching and technology
  • Literacy reading and interpretation
  • Metaphor in discourse
  • Multimodal meaning-making
  • Open Educational Resources.

Our research is currently organised through two research groups: Open Languages and English and Applied Linguistics. We use a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches from applied linguistics and foreign and second language acquisition, producing innovative and rigorous research that contributes to a variety of applied settings. Recent research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) as well as charitable bodies such as the Carnegie UK Trust and the Rix-Thompson-Rothenberg Foundation. 


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