The Faculty of Applied Linguistics has a very active student academic movement, which has manifested itself in the variety of educational clubs functioning in all of the Faculty’s units.
Three educational clubs operate within the Institute of Applied Linguistics: the Socio-linguistics Academic Club, catering to those interested in discussing and debating in the field of sociolinguistics; the Jurislinguistics Club, focusing on legal English; and the literary club „Piórowładni”.
The members of the Sociolinguistics Academic Club develop their linguistic interests, and their main area of focus is language in the context of its social application. Hence, the young sociolinguists put their theoretical knowledge into practice: they deal mainly with field studies, and use such research tools as dictaphones, video cameras and questionnaires. The gathered data is analyzed during the Club’s regular meetings, when it is supplemented by interesting lectures prepared on the basis of articles taken from international linguistic journals.
The Academic Club of Sociolinguists organizes the annual “Quo Vadis Lingua” symposium, where academic accomplishments in the fields of sociolinguistics, pragmatics, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, text linguistics, translations, and literature are summarized and which gives the opportunity to present the achievements of the Club to a wider audience. The meetings are very popular among English Philology and Polish Philology students, who are not members of the Club, but take part with their presentations from the fields of sociolinguistics, pragmatics, intercultural communication, discourse, analysis etc.
The aim of the Jurislinguistics Club is enabling its members to develop and expand their knowledge of legal, juridical and economic language, legal systems as well as issues form the field of translation. The Club achieves its goals by taking active part in research conducted by the Faculty, in addition to organizing as well as taking part in seminars, conferences and lectures.
Next there is the Literary Club “Piórowładni” , which aims at creating a friendly and inspiring environment for aspiring writers from the Faculty of Applied Linguistics and other faculties of the University of Warsaw. It also aims at promoting creative writing in both the mother and foreign languages among future literary translators as well as creating the opportunity for exchanging views on publications in the field of literary fiction. The activities of the Club focus on practical exercises in writing and constructive criticism during meetings which take place twice a month. The Club organizes literary competitions and social campaigns connected to the promotion of readership and writing.
Currently in the Institute of Russian Studies there is a Literary Workshop Club. Its aim is to popularize literature, especially Russian literature. In addition to its scientific activity, the programme of the Club involves meetings with prominent people, both scholars and men of letters, and organizing "literary soirées", during which students will have the opportunity to present their own literary creations as well as share their impressions of their fellow students’ work. Together with the Institute of Russian Studies the club organizes also conferences for young philologists.
For many years the Russian Studies Club, which immersed students in Russian culture, language, and literature, was active within the Institute of Russian Studies. It organized thematic meetings devoted to particular issues from the fields of language, literature and politics; as well as scientific conferences combined with lectures of invited guests – specialists from various fields connected thematically to Russia. In addition, the Club published a student newspaper ( “Gazeta Szturmowa”) and participated in conferences organized by other academic bodies.
The Student’s Scientific Society “BAJT” was established in 2003 from the initiative of a group of first-year students at the Department of Languages for Special Purposes and under the scientific supervision of Professor Jurij Lukszyn. “BAJT” focuses on conducting research within the realm of languages for special purposes and compiling a terminology database. The Club has many accomplishments, among others the participation in a student exchange programme, conducted in cooperation with the University in Hamburg (2004, 2006, 2010), organization of corpus linguistics workshops in 2006 (with Marek Łaziński PhD as the guest speaker), as well as participation in the Second International Conference of Young Scientists “Languages and Cultures of the Baltic Region” (2007). Currently, the Society’s efforts are focused on the Experimental Terminological Database project, based on the multilingual and multifield Corpus of Specialist Texts.
The Student’s Society of Literary Translations “Naukowo-Artystyczne Rozterki Literackie” (“Scientifically-Artistic Literary Dilemmas”) did attract students interested in translating poetry and prose, as well as presenting their own creative work. The meetings had the form of workshops, led by both academic lecturers and the students themselves. As of January 2010, the Club has sadly ceased to exist.
The Belarusian Department (in cooperation with the Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities) is home to the “Albaruthenica Club”. Its task is to gather and popularize information about Belarusian culture as well as the Belarusian society in Polish environment (literature, history, ethnography and archaeology). It also cooperates by way of joint projects and exchange of information with Belarusian organizations, functioning both in Poland and in the Republic of Belarus. The Club organizes field trips to Belarus, which give opportunity for a direct gathering of data for preparing presentation; it organizes discussion meetings, academic sessions and exhibitions.
A Ukrainian Studies Club functions within the Ukrainian Department. Its priority is the popularization of knowledge and issues relating to Ukrainian literature, culture and language. The Club holds regular meetings for its members, and they usually involve lectures delivered by the Department’s staff, on topics ranging from literary studies, linguistics, cultural studies, to history, politics and contemporary issues connected to Ukraine. Every year, the Club organizes an internal conference for its members and anyone who would like to present the fruit of their research and contemplations to a wider audience.