The School of Foreign Languages of Jiangsu University of Technology (hereafter referred to as the SFL) was founded in 2006, expanded from the former Department of Foreign Languages established in 1993. The SFL now has four fields of study, namely English (including two branches: English Education and English Translation), Business English, Japanese, and German. The SFL also offers College English Courses for all undergraduates and postgraduates on campus.
With the developmentof the past 21 years, the SFL boasts a qualified faculty of teachers and/or researchers with competence and commitment. There are five academic institutes affiliated to the SFL, which are: the Institute of Discourse Analysis and Culture, the Institute of Foreign Literature, the Institute of Foreign LanguagesLearning and Teaching Research, the Institute of Translation, and the Institute of Business English. English as a discipline has been ratified as one of the university’s key disciplines for construction, and English as a speciality is on the list of the university’s feature specialities for construction. The College English Teaching Team has been honored one of the university’s prominent teaching teams.
The SFL started its enrolment of English majors on the two-year programme from 1990, and then from 1998 to the present, the enrolment of undergraduates, i.e., those on the four-year programme. Majors in German have been admitted since 2007, and those in Japanese since 2009.In 2013, the school started to enroll majors in Business English. Up to now, The SFL has altogether 25 years of English graduates, 5 years of German graduates, and 3 years of Japanese graduates, with the total number of more than 4500 graduated students. At present, the number of registered students in the School is 1158.
The SFL has 104 teachers (5 professors and 30 associate professors, taking up 34% of the total). Among them, 9 teachers are PhD graduates, 79 teachers have Master’s degree, taking up 85% of the total, and 50 teachers have academic experiences in other countries. The SFL recruits annually 10-plus teachers from the relevant countries.
The SFL has now established international partnership with nearly 10 universities in the US and European countries, and the School regularly sends faculty members for academic purposes in the partner universities. Up to now, more than 40 teachers have been sent to study abroad.
The SFL also commits itself to the training of young faculty members, and quite a few have won titles and prizes in the national and provincial teaching contests in recent years.
The discipline of English Language and Literature comprises 5 research fields, namely, language and culture, English and American literature, foreign language education, translation, and business English. Accordingly, five academic institutes (mentioned above) are established to carry out studies in respective fields.
For the past 5 years, the teachers of the SFL have undertaken 5 projects on academicresearch at provincial or even higher level and 38 projects on academicresearch at municipal level, and won over 3 research awards of Excellence in Philosophy and Social Sciences of Jiangsu Province. There have been more than 400 academic papers, of which 58 (including 28 CSSCI papers) belong to key journals, 9 books, 15 translated works, and 5 textbooks (including a national one) written by the teachers.
The SFL regardsits disciplinary development as themomentum for theadvancement of specialities, and boasts of English as a feature speciality of JSUT, four courses (Advanced English, Phonetics, Basic English and English Strategy) as model courses, and College English as one of the university’s key construction courses. The school also has the College English teaching team as a model teaching team of JSUT, and 2 science and technology innovation teams, both of which were approved by JSUT in 2013.