The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures was founded in June 2007, now attached to the School of International Communications & Education. We offer undergraduate programmes in English language and literature, international news and intercultural communications, among which, English language and literature is ranked as one of the key majors of the university. The graduate programme in translation is currently getting started, which has been listed as a key incubation program at the university. Our department emphasizes the inseparability between language theory and practice, well-equipped with hands-on research facilities of a language corpus centre and an experiment and training centre. We have 16 outstanding teachers, including four professors, four associate professors, one honorary research fellow of The University of Adelaide, and three foreign experts. Half of them have had an academic experience abroad as a visiting scholar or researcher. Focused on English language and literature, our mission is to prepare the students to become culturally-literate talents in the field of intercultural communications, who are not only proficient in English language but endow themselves with a global perspective.
In recent years, our faculty members have presided over a dozen of research projects at different scales: three projects in the field of humanities and social science supported by the Ministry of Education, one by National Radio and Television Administration, seven teaching and science research projects by various types of provincial fund. We have also actively participated in nine projects funded by governments or institutions above the provincial level. The above work is on a broad range of topics in interdisciplinary researches, covering many subfields of linguistics, as well as the integration of theory with corpus study, inter-cultural communications and news discourse analysis. Till now, the publications of our department have been totalized up to 60 articles in various Chinese core journals on foreign languages and practice researches, such asForeign Language Teaching and Research, Foreign Languages, Foreign Language World, Foreign Languages and Their TeachingandChinese Translators Journal,and numbers of monographs, textbooks and co-authored books.
BilingualBroadcast Announcing and AnchoringArt Department
There are three majors under The Department of Bilingual Broadcast Announcing and Anchoring Art, each with a different language orientation, i.e., English-Chinese, French-Chinese and Japanese-Chinese respectively.The major of Broadcast Announcing and Anchoring Art (English-Chinese Bilingual) has started its three-year junior college enrollment since 2001, and then began to enroll undergraduates starting from 2004. Besides, the major of Broadcast Announcing and Anchoring Art (French-Chinese Bilingual) has begun its enrollment since 2008, while the major of Broadcast Announcing and Anchoring Art (Japanese-Chinese Bilingual), 2013.
Our department now has 21 full-time teachers, including 1 professor, 8 associate professors, 12 lecturers, 8 PhDs, 1 postdoctoral fellow, 2doctoral candidates, 1 foreign expert and 5 foreign teachers. The Broadcast Announcing and Anchoring Art (Bilingual Broadcasting) is afeatured major with superiority at provincial level, while the Bilingual Broadcast Announcing and Anchoring Art (bilingual Broadcasting and Cross-Cultural Communication) is one of the newly developing, internationalized featured majors of the 12th Five-Year Plan of the Zhejiang Province. Adhering to the principle of “Quality First”, the major is committed to cultivating applied, inter-disciplinary and innovative media talents who have broad international visions, solid cross-cultural language communication skills and a strong sense of social responsibility.
In recent years, the teachers of our department have hosted and participated in various research subjects and activities, including major bidding projects of National Social Science Fund, the projects ofHumanities and Social Sciences Research Fund under Ministry of Education, Philosophy and Social Science Planning Projects of Zhejiang Province, and Zhejiang Cultural Projects, etc. Apart from a number of publications covering scholarly monographs, joint works, translated books and textbooks, more than 40 research papers have been published as well, ranging from foreign academic journals to domestic core journals of first and second classes, among which many have been reprinted inauthoritative periodicals such asXinhua DigestandCopied Materials by Renmin University of China.
The Foreign Languages Teaching Center is devoted both to foreign language teaching and research, with 36 faculty members including 3 associate professors, 32 lecturers and 1 teaching assistant. Two of the faculty members hold doctorate degrees and five are doctorate candidates. More than 60% of the faculty have overseas academic experiences. In recent years, the teachers of this department have presided over or participated in various research projects such as Zhejiang Provincial Philosophy and Social Science Planning Project, Zhejiang Provincial Higher Educational Class Reform Project and Zhejiang Provincial Education Planning Project, along with many research papers published in domestic core journals. Besides, many of the teachers have won the honorary titles including “San Yuren” and “Top Ten Teachers”.
The Foreign Languages Teaching Center undertakes the teaching task of College English Course for nearly 7,000 students in the first four semesters. It has been committed to the reform of the teaching model and the construction of the teaching team, such as the Blended Teaching Research Team and 4+0 IELTS Teaching Team for the School of Art and Design, Huace Film Academy Teaching Team, Advanced College English Course Teaching Team, Postgraduate English Course Teaching Team, and Piaoping Class Teaching Team for School of Journalism. The center also offers a series of selective courses such as English-Chinese Translation Theories and Practice, Introduction to Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Spanish, and Secretarial English.
The School of International Education
The School of International Education is in charge of international students’ registration, teaching and educational administration, and daily affairs. Up to now, 2 full-time teachers, including 2 doctors and 1 associate professor, and 11 instructors are employed in the School of International Education. And the teachers have hosted one project supported by National Social Science Foundation, and 2 projects supported by Humanities and Social Sciences Foundation of the Ministry of Education and by Zhejiang Provincial Philosophy and Social Sciences Foundation respectively.
The School of International Education recruits degree students, non-degree students, exchange students and students in short-time study abroad programs, with nearly 200 international students from more than 20 countries so far.
Providing foreign students with language learning courses, general educational courses and professional courses, the School of International Education, after establishment, will becomethe base for international students studying in China, the base fordisplaying international projects, and incubators for international curricula.