Languages & Intercultural Studies
Founded in 1970 the Department of Languages & Intercultural Studies' primary focus is in the field of translation and interpreting studies, and we have developed a very distinctive profile in this area over the last 40 years.
Whilst interpreting and translation remain at the forefront of our teaching and research, other areas of focus include sign language, specific areas of society and culture, and second language acquisition.
Languages included in the Department's teaching and research portfolio include Arabic, British Sign Language (BSL), Chinese, English for Academic Purposes, French, German, and Spanish.
The Department is one of only four UK university departments that have been granted membership of CIUTI, an international body which brings together universities which specialise in translating and interpreter training .
Our state-of-the-art language facilities in the Department include:
- digital labs
- three fully-equipped interpreting teaching laboratories
- two language laboratories
- a self-study laboratory
- computer labs
- audio-visual teaching equipment
- facilities for closed-circuit television
- satellite broadcasting reception
- recording studio
A special collection of monolingual and multilingual dictionaries, covering a wide range of specialised subjects, is located in the Dictionaries Room in the University Library.