A Brief Introduction to College English Department
The College English Department chiefly takes charge of College English courses and the English courses for general education in the College.
CED has a staff of 36 full-time teachers with some entitled professors, associate professors and lecturers, and a host of others are scholars returning from America, Britain and other English-speaking countries. Most teachers are holders of Master’s degrees. It is noticeable, above all, that the number of undergraduates in recent years who passed College English Test Band 4 (CET4) in their first two years' college study is unprecedented, which is attributable to the college English education they are provided with, as cited by the college authorities. With good team spirit and commitment to work, quite a few staff members are praised as “The Top Ten Excellent Teachers”, “Excellent Teachers”, “Advanced Workers”, or “Model Women Workers”.
To implement in earnest “The College English Curriculum Requirements”, a guideline released by the Higher Education Department of the Education Ministry, CED spares no effort to upgrade the College English teaching. We are always ready to adopt some modern teaching approaches, such as the multi-media classrooms and digitalized language labs. In addition, among the courses offered by CED, ‘College English” and “English Viewing, Listening & Speaking” are recognized as key courses. Academically, teachers in the department are implementing 3 provincial-level research projects, 1 sub-provincial-level research project, 1 bureau-level research project, and 33 college-level research projects. Also a variety of workshops, seminars, conferences and symposiums are organized and held to share teachers’ experience both in the English teaching and research. Outside the classrooms, students are also connected to English learning through a departmental journal “Nanguo College English” compiled by CED and circulated within the college, Nanguo English FM radio, an English speech training center, English Time Space, plus a series of English-only talks. More notably, CED also sponsors various English contests, namely, annual “Nanguo Cup” College English Speaking Contest, English recitation, listening, writing and drama contests, aiming at sharpening students’ listening, speaking, communicating, acting along with writing skills separately. All the efforts above are made to cultivate an environment conducive to English study. So far, with the instruction from teachers in CED, 25 students have got the awards in the provincial English competitions.
Currently, CED consists of three College English teaching and research sections, that is, No.1, No.2 together with No.3 sections.