A Survey of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Wenjing College of Yantai University, which was founded in 2003, recruits students from all over the country. With the development of 18 years, the Department has made great progress in the construction of teachers, disciplines and majors, ideological and political education, and the quality of personnel training is excellent.
Over the years, the department has taken different strategies to focus on the training of teachers, such as self-training, the combination of internal and external recruitment, encouraging teachers to participate in the teaching competitions at different levels, so as to achieve a great success. At present, the department has built up a team of teachers with higher educational levels, more senior professional titles, reasonable composition of the faculty, and with excellent teaching skills. At present, there are 84 regular teaching staff in the department, 98 % of them hold master or doctor degrees, and more than 30 % of them hold the title of professor or associate professor. In recent years, the department encourages teachers to take part in different teaching competitions, and the teachers have won 1 top prize, 2 first prizes, 2 second prizes and 3 third prizes in FLTRP Cup, 1 third prize in Shandong Province Ultrasonic Cup of Teaching Competition for Young College Teachers, 1 second prize of FLTRP Cup in the National Foreign Language Teaching Competition. Simultaneously, Zang Yingjie won the Champion of FLTRP Cup in the English Speaking Competition in 2016, and Xu Jianan won the silver medal in the National Youth English Speaking Competition held by China Daily 21st Century Cup in 2020. Ever since 2015, the teachers of the department have obtained over 15 provincial and municipal scientific research and educational reform projects, including 5 provincial ones.
At present, the department consists of five majors, namely the four undergraduate majors of English language and literature, business English, Korean language and literature, Japanese language and literature, and a three-year program and an upgraded program of business English respectively. There are over 1230 students in the department now. In addition, Wenjing College cooperates with a number of overseas colleges and universities for training students, which opens up a wide space for the students of the department to study in Britain, America, Australia, Canada, Japan and Korea.
The department adheres to the goal of cultivating the talents of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era, sticking to “the principle of broadening one’s intellectual horizon, behaving within the bounds of propriety and learning for the purpose of application.” Simultaneously, the department also adheres strictly to the teaching quality standard required for foreign language majors of higher learning, and keeps accurate positioning of school running. For many years, the department has firmly focused on the target of training applied talents, sticking to the talent training mode of possessing both broad and specialized knowledge, and integrating knowledge with ability and quality. In addition, for the purpose of student-oriented and social-need orientation, the department has trained a large number of practical talents with solid foreign language and literature knowledge, language skills and cross-professional knowledge. The students graduated from the department have made outstanding achievements in customs, border defense, economy and trade, management, foreign affairs, translation, education and self -employment.
The foreign language department, guided by the idea of “culture bridging, profession paving, and all-round improvement of students’ comprehensive quality”, innovates the talent training mode, sets up a diversified platform for talent training, and succeeds in creating the brands of “Foreign Language Carnival” and “One Hundred Day” activities, which consist of such activities as academic lectures, speech contests, writing competitions so as to improve the students' ability of critical thinking and professional skills. Therefore, our students have won different prizes in the provincial and national English speech contests. These special activities have cultivated a large number of high-quality talents for the country. For example, our foreign language students have won the Grand Prizes of FLTRP Cup in the English Speech Contest of Shandong Province for three consecutive years, and Li Mingzhi has won the First Prize of FLTRP Cup in the National English Speech Contest. In addition, the students have also achieved more than 20 other awards. In recent years, the rate for post graduate entrance, the pass rate of English major’s IV and VIII are all higher than that of the similar colleges over the country. The employment rate has been among the top group of the college for many years. Simultaneously, the department has been awarded the advanced unit in the construction of study style for three consecutive years by Wenjing College, and has been awarded several times in the work of Party’s construction and ideological education, and in employment etc.
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