Schoolof Foreign Studies of WTU is the only institution of foreign language teaching,research and training in the eastern part of Shaanxi Province, China. Afternearly three decades of development, the School has made considerableachievements in the construction of disciplines, the improvement of teachersand the cultivation of talents. It currently consists of Department of English,Department of Oriental Languages, Department of College English, ResearchInstitute of Foreign Languages and Culture, Research Institute of JapaneseLanguage and Culture and PAICHAI Education Center of Korean Language. Theschool includes three majors of English, Business English, Japanese and Koreanwith the purpose of cultivating inter-disciplinary talents who not only havesolid base of foreign languages skills and broad cultural knowledge but alsohave competence in teaching, translation, management, etc.
Withfour-year period of study for undergraduates, the English Department offers theEnglish education program, the English translation program and the teachingprogram. All the three programs have as the core courses intensive Englishreading, extensive English reading, oral English, English listeningcomprehension, writing, grammar, phonetics, and other special topics; theJapanese Department offers the Japanese education program, the translation andsociety and culture studies. It offers the core courses intensive Japanesereading, extensive Japanese reading, oral Japanese, Japanese listeningcomprehension, writing, grammar, Japanese literature and other special topics;the Korean Department provides the Korean education program, the translationand society and culture studies. It offers the core courses intensive Koreanreading, extensive Korean reading, oral Korean, Korean listening comprehension,writing, grammar, linguistics and other special topics. All these Departmentsinsist on training students with multi-disciplinary knowledge, innovativespirit and practical ability. It attaches great importance to the cultivationand improvement of the students’ comprehensive quality. The number of teachingand administrative staff is 105, including 22 professors and associateprofessors and 8 foreign teachers, among whom 62 have master’s degree and 15have been to UK, US or Japan for advanced study.
EnglishLanguage and literature is the key discipline of the university and the Englishmajor is the key construction discipline of provincial specialty verified bythe Education Department of Shaanxi Province. There are four sub-branch studiesincluding British and American literature and cross-cultural communication,English teaching, translation theory and practice and Foreign Linguistics andApplied Linguistics. There are 17 language laboratories, 8 bases for teaching,academic research and internship and a reference library with a collection ofmore than 6,800 volumes including more than 40 periodicals in foreignlanguages.
Inrecent years, the staff has published over 500 academic papers, 80 of whichwere in key periodicals. Besides, the staff has either edited or participatedin the publication of 8 textbooks and 5 academic works. Additionally, it haswon 2 provincial awards for excellent teaching achievements and 10 universityawards for research and teaching achievements, and undertaken one provincialproject for teaching innovation and 15 projects for academic research, 4 ofwhich are at the provincial level. The School has been honored with titlesincluding The School Of The Year in the education system by Shaanxi Provinceand Excellent Teaching Department by the University, and the Teaching andResearch Office of Applied Language has been granted the title of Pacesettersin the ACWF-initiated Project by the Education Union of Shaanxi Province.School of Foreign Studies has fostered numerous excellent talents. 11 studentswon the first prizes in the National College English Contest; 3 won the secondand the third prizes in Chung Hwa Cup National Japanese Contest; 9 won thefirst prizes in the National Teaching Skills Contest for English Majors ofNormal Universities; and 8 won the first and second prizes in CCTV Cup NationalEnglish Speech Contest. More than 200 students were admitted to master’s ordoctor’s schools and the comprehensive qualities of the graduates have obtainedwide recognition and praise from various circles of the society.