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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. It.s a student run society aimed to come 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 promote members' academic and professional development goals
  • To foster a cross collaborative discussion between peers across programs


  • Monthly evening meetings/social gatherings
  • Open lectures and talks (with invited speakers)
  • Online community and discussion forum (e-list & Facebook Group)
  • End-of-year conference
  • Group trips to external events (e.g., talks, seminars, conferences, etc.) subject to group participation and approval

If you are not yet a member then you can sign up by sending an email to

You can also join the BCALS Facebook group