SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Anil Biltoo

BA (London), MA (London), DPhil (York)
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Anil Biltoo
Language Centre

Head of Languages

Dr Anil Biltoo
Email address:
+44 (0)20 7898 4684
+44 (0)20 7898 4889
21/22 Russell Square
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Anil is an alumnus of SOAS, where he obtained the MA in Theoretical Linguistics. Anil holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in applied and theoretical linguistics and obtained his doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on language maintenance and language shift. Anil was a lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at Liverpool for five years prior to taking up the post of Co-ordinator for the Less Widely Taught Languages at the Language Centre in 2007. Anil was appointed Head of Languages in 2012 to oversee the delivery of all the Centre’s language programmes and lead innovation in language pedagogy. He also manages the short courses programme for the Less Widely Taught Languages, on which he teaches a number of courses in Sanskrit and develops online courses. Anil speaks several European and Asian languages and has acted as a consultant for authors, journalists, film production companies and government bodies. His primary research interests are in the maintenance and promotion of minority languages. In 2011, Anil was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Linguists for his contribution to language learning.