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The SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES & APPLIED LINGUISTICS (SLAL)

Find out more about the teaching and research activities taking place within our 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.

Teaching

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.

To see all the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer, visit the Languages subject area page. Or read about postgraduate research opportunities on our Languages and Linguistics postgraduate research degrees page.

Research

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 areas of expertise

Across the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, our research covers the following 6 areas of expertise.

Our staff

Mr Stephen Corbett

Mr Stephen Corbett

  • Job Title Head of School
  • Email Address stephen.corbett@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Mrs Felicity Hughes

Mrs Felicity Hughes

  • Job Title Associate Head (Students)
  • Email Address Felicity.Hughes@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Mrs Carmen Pasamar Marquez

  • Job Title Associate Head (Academic)
  • Email Address UP916729@myport.ac.uk
  • Department School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Dr Mario Saraceni

Dr Mario Saraceni

  • Job Title Reader, English and Linguistics; Associate Head, Research
  • Email Address Mario.Saraceni@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Contact us

To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office.

+44 (0)23 9284 2992

hss-enquiries@port.ac.uk

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