School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
At the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (SLAL), our research explores how language and linguistics are used in certain contexts, and how they relate to phenomena such as power, class or status.
In our globalised society, understanding how we communicate is increasingly important in meeting the demands of international business, tackling global crises and giving marginalised people a voice.
We have three principles underpinning our work: a global perspective, high quality learning and teaching, and personalised support for students.
We belong to a long-established global community, made up of students, staff and partner organisations. This is a multicultural environment where everyone is welcome. Our students have opportunities to understand, work and learn from others, and they graduate equipped with the skills and intercultural awareness to live and work in a global community.
We're highly-experienced in teaching modern languages, communication, translation, linguistics, interpretation, international business and English as an additional language.
We're the hub for the University of Portsmouth's language learning and give language classes to students across the University through the Institution Wide Language Programme (IWLP). Students who have never studied a language can learn one for free on the programme. We offer 8 languages: Arabic, British Sign Language, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese
We deliver a BALEAP-accredited Pre-Sessional English programme which supports hundreds of international students every year to improve their English language skills, so they can study at the University. We also offer annual 2-week Summer Schools – which combine English Language development, team activities and cultural visits – for international students who are considering studying in the UK.
We also invest in the latest technology to support our teaching and learning, including our specialist Learning Resource Centre, Language Laboratories and Televic Interpreter Training Suite.
We're investigating how language and linguistics can act as drivers of development in the economy and social structure, how global organisations use multiple languages and specific translations every day, and how language is used to express ideas and empower certain groups of people.
Our research feeds into our teaching, so our undergraduate and postgraduate students benefit from our work.
We also deliver consultancy and knowledge transfer projects that transform our research outputs into benefits for international schools, businesses, the public sector and the local community.
Many of our staff are members of the Centre for European & International Studies Research (CEISR), the largest centre for European Studies research in the UK. Our expertise is regularly used by businesses, government and the local community. Recent research collaborations include a Medical English project with the NHS and a professional development programme for Panamanian Teachers.
Our research areas of expertise
Across the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, our research covers the following 6 areas of expertise.
We're looking at huge datasets of natural language – often many billions of words – to explore how language is used in different regions, genres and situations.
We're researching how ideas, concepts and people are represented through language, and exploring how language is used in real-life contexts.
Through our work in this area of expertise, we're studying the ways in which language can affect, and is affected, by social phenomena.
We're focusing on the learning and teaching of English as a second or foreign language, in primary, secondary and adult learning contexts.
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