School of Foreign Languages and Cultures

The development of the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures has undergone the following stages: Russian Teaching Group since 1953, Russian Teaching Group since 1956, Public Foreign Languages Teaching Office since 1957, Russian Specialty Faculty since 1959, Foreign Languages Department since 1960, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature since 983, and Schoolof Foreign Languages and Cultures since 1997. After over five decades of construction, the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures has achieved rapid growth and become one of the leading schools among universities at the same level in China. It's now a degree authorization center for doctoral and master's degrees of the first class discipline of Foreign languages and literature. It is a P.h.D station of Foreign languages and literature.There are totally 7 disciplines for master's degree: English language and literature, Russian language and literature, Japanese language and literature, French language and literature, European language and literature, Asian and African language and literature as well as Foreign linguistics and Applied linguistics. There are 8 language majors for undergraduates: English, Russian, Japanese, French, Italian, Korean, German and Spanish. All the other seven majors beside English are five-year bilingual majors.

The first M.A. program for English Language and Literature at the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures was established in 1986. Later, the M.A. program for Comparative Literature and World Literature was established jointly with the School of Literature in 1990. The M.A. program for Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics was added in 1998. In 2000, the Ph.D. program for Comparative Literature and World Literature was established jointly with the School of Literature. In 2003, the Ph.D. program for English Language and Literature was established accompanied with the establishment of two more M.A. programs: Russian Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature. In 2006, the Ph.D. program for Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics was established. In the same year, the First-class Discipline of M.A. Program for Foreign Languages and Literature was established. In 1990, the discipline of English Language and Literature was designated as one among the first group of Key Disciplines by Department of Education of Jiangsu Province and was named one of the first Key Disciplines of Jiangsu Education Commission. It was later designated as the Key Disciplines by Jiangsu Provincial Government in 1994 and 2006. The provincial governmental designation of Key Discipline continued into 2001 shared with Suzhou University. In 1996, the Project on “Cross-cultural Communication and English Teaching” was listed as the Key Project for the Project “211” designed to upgrade 100 universities in China in the 21st century. Based on this opportunity, the Project on “English Language and Culture” was listed as the Key Project for the Project “211” co-sponsored by the State Planning Committee and the State Ministry of Education in 1998. In 2003, the School’s English Teaching major was selected as the construction unit for the Brand Major Project initiated by the Jiangsu Provincial Government. This project was completed and passed the approval examination by Expert Panel in 2005 with positive evaluation opinions. Since then, the major has been designated as the Brand Major designated by the Jiangsu Provincial Government. In August 2007, the School was authorized to establish the Post-doc Station for Primary Discipline of Foreign Languages and Literature.In 2010, its Russian Language and Literature was named the Special Discipline of Jiangsu Province. The School of Foreign Languages and Cultures now has a national class course and a provincial class course.

There are 203 faculty members at the School, including 26professors, 45 associate professors, 47 with doctorates. Foreign experts and lecturers have been recruited for the following 8 languages: English, Japanese, Russian, Italian , French, German, Spanish and Korean. The total number of students is 2,138, including 28 Ph.D. candidates, 370 M.A. candidates, 434 candidates for M.A. in Education and Translation, 1207 undergraduates and 99 college teachers in training for M.A..

The School consists of the following departments and research centers: English Department (including Teaching Office for Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate English Learners, Teaching Office for Advanced English Learners, and Teaching Office for Business English Learners), Russian Department, French Department, Department of Oriental Languages (including Teaching Offices for Japanese and Korean), Department of Occidental Languages, Department of Translation and Interpreting (including Teaching Offices for Interpreting and Translation), Department of Graduate Students’ English (including Teaching Offices for Doctorate candidates and Master’s degree candidates), Department of English for Non-English Majors (including Faculty of Public English and Faculty of Applied Linguistics), Sino-French Teaching Center of French Language in Nanjing, Institute of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Institute of Foreign languages and cultures, International institute of semiotics, Institute of Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Center of Canadian Studies, Center of Australian Studies, Center of Italian Studies, Center of French Studies, Center of Studies on American Civilizations, Center of Japanese Studies, Center of Studies on Applied Linguistics, Center of Studies on English Teaching at Primary and Secondary Education, etc. The programs at the School have been designed to cultivate teachers for secondary education and higher education, translators, interpreters, secretaries, and management personnel for other sectors of the society engaged in international affairs and businesses. At present, programs are offered with nine majors in seven languages: English, Russian, Japanese, Italian, Korean, French and German. Students enrolled in the programs for Russian, Japanese, Italian, Korean, French and German should study for five years before graduating with a degree.The Department of English for Non-English Majors is responsible for English teaching for all of the non-English majors at the university, including doctorate candidates, Master’s degree candidates, and undergraduates.

The Schoolof Foreign Languages and Cultures is in constant and wide-ranging contacts with academic research organization both at home and abroad. It has invited over dozens of Chinese and foreign experts and scholars to be its visiting professors. In recent years, it has sponsored or co-sponsored 15 international and national symposiums, and has sent over 100 teachers to visit the United States, the UK, Australia, Canada, Russia, Japan, and France as visiting scholars or visiting professors. It has recruited dozens of foreign experts and teachers to work at the School. Moreover, it has invited many Chinese and overseas famous scholars and professors to give lectures. The School is a member of the following academic organizations: Institute of Sino-US Comparative Studies within China Society of Comparative Literature, Society of Foreign Literature Studies in Jiangsu Province, Commission of Foreign Languages Teaching in Jiangsu Province, sponsoring board for International Forum on World Civilizations (co-sponsored by Center of Comparative Studies on World Civilizations of China Academy of Social Sciences, Macau Foundation, and School of Foreign Languages and Cultures of Nanjing Normal University), Editing Office of Chinese Semiotic Studies (English) and Jiangsu Foreign Languages Teaching and Research.

The School of Foreign Languages and Cultures is of complete configuration of teaching and research staff, well-balanced research branches, traditional advantage in foreign literature and translation studies, and new research features in English language and culture. New progresses have been made in the fields of linguistic theories, textbook and pedagogy, and applied linguistics. Inter-disciplinary studies are encouraged to combine research and teaching, so the School has exhibited positive results of development in its disciplinary construction.

The School of Foreign Languages and Cultures has made outstanding research achievements, including over 50 academic monographs, 230 textbooks, reference books, compilations, and translations, 1250 research papers. It has completed or is undertaking 14 research projects funded with the National Social Sciences Foundation as well as over 40 projects funded by the Ministry of Education, Jiangsu Provincial Government, and Department of Education in Jiangsu Province. At present it's working on improving and characterizing its own academic power in the psychological mechanism of second language learning, linguistic semiotic research and studies of American civilization, which all meet respective international standards.

The School of Foreign Languages and Cultures has long been dedicated to improving its teaching administration, making innovation in teaching methodology, and elevating the educational quality. In the teaching practices, it exercises strict discipline for all the faculty members with encouraging results achieved: in 2003, the School was designated as the Excellent Unit in Building Quality Undergraduate Programs by Nanjing Normal University; in 2006, the School was rated as an “A-Class” program in the Appraisal for undergraduate programs in English major run by the Ministry of Education. Students have performed well with high scores in Band 4 and 8 Exams for English majors, Japanese Proficiency Exam, Russian Proficiency Exam, and College English Test (CET) Level-4 and Level-6. Students graduating from the School are well-equipped with solid language skills, strong application abilities, and higher comprehensive qualities, therefore they are well received by their employers. The employment rate for our graduates has been 100% for many years.

In 1984, the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures was designated as the Examiner Unit for Higher-Education Self-Taught English Majors in Jiangsu Province. In 2003, it became the Examiner Unit for Special Higher-Education Self-Taught English Majors (Secretary Major and English Teaching Major) in Jiangsu Province. The School became the Examination Center of Business English Certificate Test (BEC) offered by the British Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate and administrated in China by the Ministry of Education. In 2005, the School became the Examination Center for Japanese Proficiency Examination; 2006, Examination Center for Korean Proficiency Examination; 2007, Examination Center for Internet-based TOEFL tests. It is also the examination center for National Public English Test System and Cambridge Children’s English Certificate Test. The School enjoys great reputation for its continuing education courses in foreign languages. Since the early 1980s, it has been offering evening classes and correspondence courses for foreign language learners, which have been joined by self-taught programs, English training programs at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels, training programs in Japanese, French, Russian, Italian, and Korean. Since 1997, the School has been entrusted by Ministry of Education to offer Graduate Diploma Programs for National University English Teachers, and entrusted by the Department of Education of Jiangsu Province to offer Graduate Diploma Programs for Provincial University English Teachers and Graduate Diploma Programs for Key Middle School Teachers in Jiangsu Province. Since the early 1990s, it has been offering Adult English Education (undergraduate) Program in Jiangsu Province with an annual enrollment of nearly 1,000 participants in the correspondence courses. In 2005, the School was designated by the Ministry of Education as the training base of Italian language for students who will study in Italy. In 2006, it collaborated with Sydney University of Technology (Australia) to establish IELTS training center in Nanjing. In 2007, it signed cooperation contract with Perugia Foreigners’ University (Italy) to run training programs for Chinese students to learn Italian and to run Italian Language Test in China. In conclusion, the continuing education programs offered by the School have cultivated thousands of students from Jiangsu and across the nation, which is a special contribution to the development of adult continuing education in Jiangsu Province.

The School of Foreign Languages and Cultures has a large collection of books and reference materials, including over 40,000 books, 70 newspapers and journals (including 20 in foreign languages), and plenty of multi-media teaching resources. The sophisticated teaching facilities and equipment include 22 multi-media language laboratories, 6 digital language laboratories with 336 terminals, 5 network-based self-learning systems with 312 terminals, 1 simultaneous interpreting training room, 3 international satellite reception units, and 6 radio transmission units for language learning. The variety, scale and sophistication of these facilities and equipment have reached the top level in China.

Communist Party Committee of the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures consists of five branches of faculty members (Faculty for English Majors, Faculty for Non-English Majors, Administration, Non-Universal Foreign Languages, and Retired Faculty Members), nine branches of graduate students, and six branches of undergraduate students. The total number of CPC members is 393, including 274 official members and 119 preparatory members. The School has its Trade Union and Teachers’ Union. It also has a branch committee of Communist Youth League, consisting of eight students’ branches and one teachers’ branch.

The School of Foreign Languages and Cultures has achieved positive results in boosting the morale of the faculty members through its effective motivation scheme. In 1998 and 2002, the CPC Committee of the School were twice designated by the University CPC Committee as “Excellent CPC Organization with Effective Objective-Based Administration”. In 2005, it received the title of “Excellent Grass-root CPC Organization”. The Trade Union of the School won two provincial awards in 1996 and 1999 and five university awards since 1997. The School is also well-known for its attention attached to the women teachers and retired teachers. Because of these achievements, the School had been covered by news media on may occasions.

Patriotism and respect for the revolutionary tradition have always been pursued in the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures. In 1997 and 1999, the School received two awards for “Excellent Cooperation between University and the Military”. The branch committee of CPC Youth League has also been acknowledged for outstanding performance in volunteer services, poverty programs, and student social involvement. It won two awards for providing employment opportunities for the graduates from the School in 2005 and 2006. The Youth League Committee also won two honors of “May 4th Red Flag Youth League Committee” in 2006 and 2007.

The School of Foreign Languages and Cultures is not content with its past achievement. It will hold high the great banner of Deng Xiaoping theory, follow the guidance of the important thoughts of “three-represents”, continue to take initiatives, emancipate mind, grasp opportunity, deepen reform, pursue faster progresses, and strive for more prosperity in the future.

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