Established in 1997, the Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS), is the largest research centre in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in UL. It brings together members of faculty, postgraduate students and researchers from the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics as well as ot​her disciplines across the University. Applied Language Studies is about applying language to real world contexts and issues.

CALS provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the development of research projects in applied language studies across a range of languages within the University and also serves as a focal point for national and international links in this area. Researchers in CALS are organized around three clusters: Language Learning and Teaching; Discourse, Society, and Identity; and Language, Culture, and Communication.