The School of Foreign Languages is the largest teaching division with the longest history in Hanshan Normal University. It offers foreign languages teaching to majors of foreign languages including Chinese as a Second Language, Chinese and English Secretary, as well as the teaching of College English to other undergraduate programs in the university. The division’s predecessor, the English Section of Hanshan Normal College (junior college), was founded in 1977 when China resumed the system of college entrance examination. In 1978, it enrolled its first junior college students. In 1983, it was renamed the English Department of Hanshan Normal College. It was renamed again in 1993 as the English Department of Hanshan Normal University. The department began to enroll its first undergraduate students of English (pedagogical category) in 1995, and in April 1999, it was granted the right to confer bachelor’s degrees. In 2004, it started to enroll undergraduate students of English (business category). In 2008, undergraduate students of Japanese were first admitted (by the department granted the right to confer bachelor’s degrees in 2012). In September 1999, the department was divided into the Foreign Languages Department and the Department of College English Teaching and Research, which were then combined as one in April 2007 under the administration of the Foreign Languages Department. In 2012, it was renamed the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. In 2015, the division was renamed again as the School of Foreign Languages.
The School of Foreign Languages currently has one Secretary of CPC General Branch, two Vice Deans, one Office Director, three student counselors, and three academic administrators (including one part-time administrator). Altogether the school is comprised of eight teaching and research sections, namely, the Teaching and Research Section of Basic English, the Teaching and Research Section of Advanced English, the Teaching and Research Section of Business English, the Teaching and Research Section of Japanese, the First Teaching and Research Section of College English, the Second Teaching and Research Section of College English, the Third Teaching and Research Section of College English, and the Teaching and Research Section for Foreign Teachers.
The school currently has more than 95 teachers and staff, including a full-time teaching staff of 86. Among them are over 20 associate professors or above, and over 60 hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees, and over 40 have studied broad. In addition, there are 5 visiting professors, 3 part-time academic leaders and 5 foreign teachers from the United States, Canada and Japan. Currently there are 1687 full-time students, among whom are 758 undergraduate students majoring in English (pedagogical category),
Business English, and
Japanese. In addition, there are 285 junior college students majoring in English (pedagogical category) and
(President LIN Lunlun moving the tassel for a graduate at the graduation ceremony)
This school has always boasted great traditions in administration, teaching and learning. Its teachers are rigorous and creative in their teaching with impressive teaching results. The students are diligent and eager to learn, which results in a solid foundation of professional skills, a high level of overall quality as well as a high employment rate.
1) Students are provided with various channels to go abroad for learning exchange, professional practice and internship experience. For the last four years, the school has signed agreements on cooperative projects with Ehime University in Japan, Brunel University and Middlesex University in the UK, regarding learning exchange, 2+2 credit transfer, professional practice and internship experience. Every year, nearly 20 students go abroad to the partnership universities for such exchange and experience.
(President LIN Lunlun at the internship graduation ceremony for Japanese majors from our school in Japan)
2) Students develop a solid foundation of professional skills and actively take part in various extracurricular activities with distinctive professional characteristics to continuously improve their specialized skills, practical abilities and overall quality. In recent years, students of this school have won many prizes in influential national and provincial-level contests such as the “CCTV Cup” English Speaking Contest, National English Contest for College Students, “Higher Education Press Cup” National English Interpreting Contest, National English Speaking Competition, CCTV Star of Outlook English Talent Competition, Guangdong “Lange Cup” English-Chinese Interpretation Contest, National Teaching Skills Contest for the English Majors of Higher Normal Schools, “Sun Yat-sen Cup” Guangdong Japanese Writing Contest for College Students. The passing rates of TEM 4 (Test for English Majors - Band 4) and TEM 8 (Test for English Majors - Band 8) are both higher by 10 to 20 percent than the average passing rates of normal colleges nationwide. Japanese majors achieve a passing rate of over 80% in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test - Band 1.
(Students consulting a foreign teacher after class)
3) The school has actively organized extracurricular activities with specialized features on a regular basis. Such activities include English drama contests, English speaking skills contests, Christmas parties, English corners, class songs contests in foreign languages, orientation parties, graduation parties, English salons, social practices of bringing culture, science and technology, hygienic health to the countryside, etc.
(Foreign teachers celebrating Christmas with Chinese students and teachers from the English Department)
4) The school has cultivated high-quality graduates with a high employment rate. Every year, a number of students are admitted to the postgraduate programs for English majors in famous universities in China including Sun Yat-sen University, Beijing Normal University, Hunan University, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, and South China Normal University. Graduates are well received by various employers. A considerable number of graduates have found employment in the Pearl River Delta region. The initial employment rate of graduates has reached over 96% all these years.