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Program Name:

Applied Linguistics and Communication
Program Homepage: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/llc/al/
Institution: Birkbeck College, University of London
Address: Department of Applied Linguistics
43 Gordon Square
City: London
Zip/Postal Code: WC1H 0PD
Country: United Kingdom
Contact Person: Marjorie Lorch , Prof

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Phone: +44 20 7631 6117
Fax: 020 7383 3729
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
History of Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Writing Systems
Other Program Specialties: bilingualism and multilingualism, intercultural communication
Language/Language Family Specialization(s): Arabic, Standard
Chinese, Mandarin
Greek, Modern
Program Size: Large (over 25 students)
Program Description: Applied Linguistics in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Culture specializes in research into various aspects of language use and language functions in both the individual and society at large. Teaching and research are characterized by a strong cross-linguistic perspective, with academic staff combining an interest in the theoretical underpinnings of their various disciplines with an awareness of the practical implications of those disciplines.

All academic staff are active in 'state of the art' teaching and research, and Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck enjoys a strong international reputation for quality teaching and research. MA programs are offered in Applied Linguistics, Bilingualism, Communication and Intercultural Communications for Professional Business. There is a linguistics component to the BA teaching as well. With combinations for joint degrees in Linguistics and Modern Languages, as well as Linguistics and Culture.

Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck also contributes a number of courses to other programs offered at Birkbeck at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Research programs available include the MRes, taught component New Route PhD, and traditional research MPhil/PhD programs.
Available Financial Aid: Funding support and bursaries are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. The department is recognized as an outlet for Economic and Social Science Research Council postgraduate training funding.
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