A Survey of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Wenjing College of Yantai University, was founded in 2003, and it aims to recruit students nationwide. With the development of fifteen years, the department has strong educational capacity, rich teaching experience, clear training objectives and excellent quality of personnel training.
Relying on the maternal school of Yantai University and with the strong support of other universities, the department has a first-class faculty. All teachers have a master's or PhD degree, of whom more than 25% have the title of professors and associate professors. Nowadays, the department is rich in teaching resources, and owns a full range of teaching equipment, books and reference materials to meet the need of teaching and students' independent learning.
At present, the department consists of five majors, namely the four undergraduate majors of English language and literature, business English, Korean language and literature, Japanese language and literature, and a three-year program of business English. There are more than 960 students and 48 staff members in the department now. In addition, Wenjing College cooperates with a number of overseas colleges and universities for training students, which opens up a wide space for the students of the department to study in Britain, America,Australia, Canada, Japan and Korea.
The department adheres to the goal of cultivating the talents of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era, sticking to “the principle of broadening one's intellectual horizon, behaving within the bounds of propriety and learning for the purpose of application.” Based on the correct orientation of running schools, all the majors of the department attach great importance to the standard of the teaching and learning quality for foreign language majors in the new era of higher education. For many years, the department has firmly focused on the target of training applied talents, sticking to the talent training mode of possessing both broad and specialized knowledge, and integrating knowledge with ability and quality. Simultaneously, for the purpose of student-oriented and social-need orientation, the department spares on effort to cultivate the applied talents with solid foreign language and literature knowledge, language skills and interdisciplinary knowledge.
The talent training of the department is remarkable. In recent years, the admission rate of postgraduate examination and the passing rate of TEM4 and TEM8 for English majors are all higher than the average rate of similar institutions across the country. The employment rate is among the highest in the college for many years. In the past fifteen years, the department has trained more than 3630 graduates, who have been working in such fields as the customs, frontier defense, economy and trade, management, foreign affairs, translation, education, self-employment and so on. Some of them have revealed their talents and made remarkable achievements. Some have obtained their PhD degrees and achieved academic attainment. At present, the department has become a bridge leading students to a successful life.
The foreign language department, guided by the idea of "culture bridging, profession paving, and all-round improvement of students' comprehensive quality", innovates her talent training mode, sets up a diversified platform for talent training, and succeeds in creating the brands of "Foreign Language Carnival" and “One Hundred Day" activities, which consist of such activities as academic lectures, speech contests, writing competitions so as to improve the students' ability of critical thinking and professional skills. Therefore, our students have won different prizes in the provincial and national English speech contests. For example, in 2017, our student won the grand prize in the English speech contest of Shandong Province and the second prize in the national English speech contest. These special activities have cultivated high-quality talents for realizing the Chinese dream. In recent years, the department has received some awards of Wenjing College, namely the awards for the construction of study style, the Party’s construction and ideological work, and the employment work, etc.