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The Birkbeck College Applied Linguistics Society

The Birkbeck College Applied Linguistics Society (BCALS) is an official University of London society, formed to bring together students interested in Applied Linguistics and Communications and related fields (e.g., multilingualism, intercultural communication, TESOL, etc.) in the University of London community and beyond. It is a student-run society aiming to bring people together and promote common interests in our fields. We strive to create an open atmosphere of dialogue and community through holding social events, hosting guest speakers and open lectures and talks.


  • To provide a relaxed and informal regular venue for students of applied linguistics and related fields to meet and socialise
  • To foster a cross-collaborative discussion between peers across programs


  • Regular evening meetings/social gatherings
  • Open lectures and talks (with invited speakers)
  • Online community and discussion forum (e-list & Facebook Group)

Membership and Contact

Membership for the academic year 2018-2019 is free! Join on our website: Please note that you will be asked to create a Student Union account if you do not already have one. As a member you will be on our mailing list to ensure that you hear about our events as soon as they are advertised.

We also have a public Facebook page where we will post similar updates. Follow us to see them in your news feed:

And finally, you can join our on-line community through the Facebook Group, which is used by both students, alumni and staff with an interest in Applied Linguistics: BCALS Facebook group.