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School of Foreign Languages


Founded in 1924, the School of Foreign Languages was established on the basis of its predecessor the English Department of Hua Chung University. Currently, the School consists of eight teaching units, including English Department, Russian Department, Japanese Department, French Department, Korean Department, Translation Department, Spanish Department and College English Department and nine research institutes/centers, namely Research Center for English Literature, Institute of Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Research Centre for Translation Studies, Research Center for Teacher and Education, Research Center for Primary and Secondary School Foreign Language Education, Research Center for College English Teaching, Institute of Japanese Culture, Institute of Korean Culture and Research Center for Overseas Communication of Hubei Culture. At present, the School has over two thousand students studying at different levels and more than 200 faculty members, among whom 31 are professors, 59 are associate professors and 15 are doctoral supervisors.

The School of Foreign Languages has developed rapidly. It has seven undergraduate programs, namely English, Russian, Japanese, French, Korean, Spanish and Translation. In addition, the School is authorized to grant doctoral degree in the first-level discipline of Foreign Language and Literature as well as master’s degrees in Foreign Language and Literature and other disciplines. Secondary disciplines that have already enrolled graduate students include English Language and Literature, Russian Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Asian-African (Korean) Language and Literature, Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. In addition, the School also has two professional master’s programs in education (English) and translation and interpreting (English Translation, English Interpreting and Japanese Translation). Moreover, English Language and Literature is the first-level key discipline in Hubei Province; the English major, as the brand undergraduate program among foreign languages in Hubei, was first granted by the Ministry of Education as the characteristic discipline construction program. The discipline of Foreign Language and Literature ranks among the top in the discipline rankings of the Ministry of Education, and English Language and Literature ranks seventh in the graduate education rankings. The School has successively established quality courses of Hubei Province and national quality video courses such asEnglish LexicologyandAn Outline of Russian Culture. The School runs nationally-issued magazines such asForeign Language and Literature Research,English Journal for Middle School StudentsandRussian Study for Middle School Students(monthly) and jointly runsForeign Literature Studies, an authoritative Chinese magazine in literature, with the School of Chinese Language and Literature.

The School is equipped with advanced teaching and studying facilities. The digital classrooms not only have multi-media equipment, but are also able to retrieve audio materials and internet resources from the controlling center of the School. The satellite receiver installed by the School can receive programs of foreign languages from several channels, providing students with live TV programs in the classrooms and having realized the modernization, digitalization and networking of teaching. The School also owns simultaneous interpretation booth, multi-functional lecture hall and courseware studio, guaranteeing the first-class standard of its teaching condition.

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