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Study in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication

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 a rigorous, critical examination of these phenomena that the nature and functions of language and communication can be understood more holistically.

The Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication was ranked 4th highest nationally for overall satisfaction in Communication and Media amongst universities in England, and top in London amongst universities for overall satisfaction, quality of teaching, and organisation and management, National Student Survey 2019.

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.

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