Foreign Languages College

 
Foreign Languages College
 
 
Brief Introduction Facts & Figures
Structure Staff
Professors International Students
Postgraduates Research
Students' Activies Alumni
Achievement  

 Brief Introduction
Foreign Languages College (FLC) of Guangxi University was initiated in 1947. Its predecessor was English Teaching and Learning Division of Language & Culture School of Guangxi University, boasting a long history and high prestige. The English Teaching and Learning Division developed into an independent department in 1958, with Mr. Zhou Qishun, a prominent scholar of English Literature and English Poetry translator as the first Dean of the department. Initially, the English Department had two specialties, i.e., English and Russian. In 1973, Japanese program was initiated. In 1996, Foreign Languages College was established through the merge of Department of Foreign Languages, College English Teaching and Learning Division and Guangxi Predeparture Training Center. With the recruitment of Thai and Vietnamese majors in 2007, Foreign Languages College boasts its present large scale. At present, it offers four undergraduate programs (English, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese). English majors specialize in three fields of study, namely English Language and Literature, Translation and Interpreting, and Business English. In 2007, the Ministry of Education rated the English specialty of Guangxi University “excellence” in its specialty quality assessment. In 2010, it succeeded in characterized specialty project establishment at state level. In 2011, English specialty became a characterized-specialty-construction program of Guangxi. Foreign Languages College offers one research-oriented Category I M.A program (Foreign Languages and Literature), three Category II research-oriented M.A programs (English Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature and Linguistics of Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics), and two Master’s degree programs for MTI (Master of Translation and Interpreting). Besides, it also has preparation courses for overseas studies, joint classes and other training classes.


Facts & Figures
 
Administration  
Organizational Structure  
Staff  181
Professors 59
Undergraduates  953
 Postgraduates 239
Prof. with Ph.D  9
Research  
Students’ Activities  
Alumni  
Achievements  

Administration: 

Dean/Secretary of CPC Dr. Zhu Yuande/Chen Zejun
Vice Secretary of CPC Mo Bolin
Vice Dean (teaching affairs) Yang Dihua
Vice Dean (scientific research & affairs on postgraduates) Guan Rongzhen
Vice Dean (administrative affairs) Chen Zejun
Vice Dean (Department of College English)  Zou Jianping

                              


Structure
College of Foreign Languages has one Language Experimental Center and four departments, namely the English Department, Japanese Department, Department of South Asian Languages and Department of College English. Except that the Language Experimental Center is in the charge of deans, the other four departments are under the charge of subject professors, public course professors and major course professors.

English Major Department: Chief Professor-Course Professor-English Language & Literature-Business English
Japanese Major Department: Chief Professor-Course Professor-Japanese Major
FLC Southeast Asian Language Department: Chief Professor-Course Professor-Vietnamese-Thai
College English Department:  Vice-Dean- Chief Professor-Course Professor-College English Teaching
Library:    books, magazines and newspapers
Administrative Office: Director-Office-Print Room
        Language Lab Center: Director-Staff-Multi-media Labs-Language Labs-Equipments

Staff
Presently, FLC has 164 full-time teachers, of which 16 are professors, 41 are associate professors and 47 are supervisors for postgraduates (10 of which are part-time supervisors). In addition, it hires 8 foreign teachers and 23 part-time (guest) professors. Besides, it has more than 20 administrators and supporting staffs. After several years’ efforts, it has built up a subject team with excellent teaching skills and a comparatively strong research capacity, and has achieved lots of research fruits in the fields of Translation Theories and Practice, Rhetoric, English/America, Literature and Culture, Foreign Languages for Specific Purposes, English Linguistics and English Teaching and so on.

 
Leading Professors:
 
Dr. Zhu Yuande: professor, supervisor for postgraduate students, graduated from the School of Literature and Journalism of Sichuan University in 2005, and the current Dean of FLC. His major researches focus on: English and American Literature, Cultural Studies, Translation Theories and practice, Comparative Literature and the World Literature. Several of his papers have been published on some major journals in China, and several monographs, compiled writings and translations as well. His research on Joseph Conrad has influence domestically, and he now is in charge of a national social sciences project.
 
Dr. Wen Kexue: professor, supervisor for postgraduates, graduated from the Foreign Language Department of Guangxi Normal University in 1989 and got Master’s Degree for Arts. From 1998 to 1999, he studied in the Department of Computer Sciences of HSU, and the PhD class in linguistics in the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He got his doctoral degree in the College of Foreign languages and Literature of Fudan University in 2001. His research mainly lies in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Anglo-American Rhetoric, Contrastive Rhetoric, and Translation Studies. He has published 16 theses in major Chinese journals and 4 books. He has been awarded provincial and ministerial level awards for twice, and was once in charge of the national social sciences project.
 
Qiao Yingjie: professor, supervisor for postgraduates, specialized in Japanese, graduated from Guangxi University in 1978, and was once gone for further study in Foreign Language Department of Nanjing University and the Japanese Research Center of Kita Urawa International Exchange Fund of Saitama as well as the School of Humanities of Kumamoto University. From July 1999 to July 2001, she studied and got the master’s degree in the College of Culture and Communication studies of Guangxi University majored in Chinese Philology. From 2006 to 2007, she was a visiting scholar to the Kyoto International Japanese Culture Research Center. Now, she is the Director of the Institute of Japanese Language and Cultural Studies of FLC.
 
Dr. Guan Rongzhen: professor, supervisor for postgraduates, graduated from the College of Literature and Journalism of Sichuan University. She has been the vice dean of FLC since August, 2010. Her researches mainly lie in Comparative Literature and the World Literature (mainly English and American Literature), Translation Studies and Linguistics. She has delivered 20 papers, including 8 in major Chinese journals. Besides, she published 1 monograph and co-edited several, and now in charge of one national social sciences project.
 
Huang Jianfeng: professor, supervisor for postgraduates. In 2000, under the sponsor of Guangxi Government, she went to the University of Leeds as a visiting scholar. From 2001 to 2002, she studied in the University of Leeds majoring in MTI. In 2007, she studied in the University of Hull for a Doctor’s degree. Her research mainly lies in the Theories and Practice of Interpreting and Translation. She got the Provincial Award of Excellence on Teaching for several times, and was honored Excellent Teacher of Guangxi. She has delivered 16 papers, of which 7 are in major Chinese journals, and published 4 monographs. She was awarded Provincial Prize for Humanities and Social Sciences in 1998, and is now in charge of one project of humanities and social sciences with the sponsor of the Ministry of Education.

 
 
International Students
 
FLC offers bachelor and master degree program and short-term language training for oversea students. Details on the enrollment and application please see to the information in the Department of International Exchange of Guangxi University. (links)

 
Postgraduates
Procedure of Enrollment
 
Refer to the procedure of enrollments of the university
 

Graduate Management
 
      Enrollment
Qualified students who took the National Postgraduate Entrance Exam will be enrolled to studied here as a full-time academic postgraduates (three-year-program).
Qualified students who took the National Postgraduate Entrance Exam will be enrolled to studied here as a full-time MTI professional postgraduates (two-year-program).
Qualified part-time students who work in Guangxi can apply to study as an academic postgraduate with an equal education. Two years of study and one extra year for thesis writing.
Qualified college teachers who took the National Postgraduate Entrance Exam will be enrolled to studied here as an academic postgraduate with a length of schooling of 3 years. (suspended)
 
Postgraduate Programs
The code and name of the primary subject:   0502 Foreign Languages and Literature
Orientations: Linguistics of Foreign Languages, English and American Literature, Translation Studies, Studies on Foreign Language Teaching, Japanese Language and Literature.
 
The codes and names of the secondary subjects:  050201 English Language and Literature
Orientations: Studies on Modern Rhetoric and Verbal Communication, Studies on English Literature and Culture, English Linguistics.
 
050205 Japanese Language and Literature
Orientations: Japanese Language and Culture, Practice and Theories of Translation.
 
050211 Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
OrientationsEnglish Linguistics, Practice and Theories of Translation, ESP, Studies on Foreign Language Teaching
 
The codes and names of professional degree:
0551 MTI Majors:
055101 English-Chinese Translation
055102 English-Chinese Interpreting
 
Training and Administration
 
After the postgraduates are admitted to the college through national unified recruitment and on the basis of the basic information and research directions of postgraduate tutors, the college assigns tutors by two-way choice, according to the discipline direction of the specialty and personal research interests. Under the instruction of the tutors, postgraduates accomplish the postgraduate program.
 
Postgraduate education falls into two phases: courses and thesis writing. Academic postgraduates must get 31 credits (17 degree credits, 14 non-degree credits), while professional postgraduates must get 34 credits (24 degree credits, 10 non-degree credits). Meanwhile, they need accomplish some teaching and social practice, participate in some academic activities, pass all the required courses, get the corresponding credits so as to pass the mid-term evaluation and enter the thesis writing phase.
 
In the second phase, postgraduates must do the research and accomplish the degree thesis under the tutors' instruction. Each thesis will be reviewed by two professors from other universities. Only the ones evaluated as "reach or basically reach the level of postgraduate degree thesis" can enter the thesis defense, and those who pass the thesis defense can graduate.

 Research
 
FLC adheres to balance the efforts in both teaching and research, the research work has made considerable progress in recent years. By 2011, the school has accumulatively received four National Social and Science Programs (three general programs and one western programs) which respectively in rhetoric, English and American literature and Translation direction; sixteen provincial projects and three Guangxi social science awards. Western rhetoric and machine translation has reached domestic leading level, the literature research also has a solid foundation. In 2011, FLC received one National Social Science project(Research on Conrad Southeast Asian Background Fiction), two Ministry of Education Projects (Language Status and Development in Guangxi Strategic Studies of ASEAN Countries; Translation Style of Second Language Prefabricated Chunks Pedagogy: Exploring New Models for Cultivating Local Translators),five provincial projects (Corpus-based Study on ASEAN-oriented Local News Translation; Intercultural Communication in the China-ASEAN Business Environment; Cross-cultural Application of Research and Practice in the Second Language Teaching; Self-development Mode, Practice and Research of Learners’ Autonomy and Foreign Language Teachers Based on the Blog Platform; Exploration and Practice of the Local High-level Translators (MTI) Training Mode) and seven school-level projects. Besides, FLC has also been engaged in the use of college resources to serve the community and has joint projects with the local government. It has 30 projects like “Operation and Maintenance of the Foreign Language Version of Nanning Municipal Government Website” and “Training Mode for Guangxi Key Industries Talents”. In 2011 the available research funding of FLC reached 1.6905 million yuan, a record high in recent years.

 
Student Activity
 
In order to improve students’ language competence, FLC has planned and organized many professional events, such as translation contest, foreign language speech contest, foreign language reading competition and foreign language debate. And many students have won several national and provincial competition awards in these areas.
 
The college has set up English Eloquence Club, Japanese Club, the Club of Vietnamese and Thai Club. Students will celebrate foreign festivals such as Halloween and Loy Krathong with foreign teachers and oversea students. Other cultural exchange activities include Shakespeare Play Sharon, Sushi Contest and Chess Club.
 
Professional Skill Demonstration Week is an important yearly event for students, which serves as a vital platform for transforming what they learn into practice. During the Week, foreign short play competition, foreign anchor competition, China-ASEAN knowledge competition, business etiquette competition and other entertaining and educational activities will be held.
 
What’s more, there are ceremonial team, model team, dance team, cheerleading team and choir team in the Arts Department of the Student Union, which have represented FLC to participate in university’s etiquette contest, costume contest, dance contest and cheerleading competition, and art performances in the community; the Student Union Sports Department has a basketball team, a football team, a tennis team, a badminton team, a balloon volleyball team and so on, and they have achieved great results in the sports games of the university.
 
In terms of social activities, FLC has organized students to participate in the reception, volunteer and translation service for China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, Pan Beibu Gulf Economic Development Cooperation Forum and other major international conferences held in Nanning; FLC has also set up “Green Cross Association”, whose member use their holidays to go to distressed areas for free English teaching and fund-raising.

 Alumni
 With over 60-year unremitting efforts, FLC has cultivated numerous elites which contribute a lot to the development of Guangxi, China and even the world at large. Our alumni are much concerned about the development of College of Foreign Languages. Many of them have made direct donation for the college to purchase facilities or set up funds. Among them, Sun Jie, graduate of Grade 1980, English major, who at present works as director of the board in an American company, donated 1 million yuan for the construction of two consecutive interpreting labs and the establishment of Outstanding Young Elite Project Fund; Xiao Kaining, graduate of Grade 1981, English major, who works as Director of the Board of Guangxi Kaining Real Estate Investment Co., Ltd, donated 200,000 yuan and set up Xiao Xiqiang Scholarship.
 Other outstanding alumni at administrative departments and public institutions include:
 Zheng Yi, graduate of Grade 1959, former Vice-Governor of Guangxi, former Mayor of Guilin, former Chinese ambassador to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and former director of Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council;
Liang Ziwei, graduate of Grade 1959, previous Mayor of Beihai, director of Foreign Affairs Office of Guangxi;
Wen Sixin, graduate of Grade 1962, former director of Guangxi Foreign Economic Commission, at present works as vice-secretary of Working Committee of Pingxiang Integrated Bonded Zone;
Sun Jianqiu, graduate of Grade 1973, who has served successively as deputy director general of Commerce Department of Guangxi;
Chen Junwei, professor, graduate of Grade 1977, presently works as secretary of the Party Committee of Guangxi Electric Power Institute of Vocational Training;
Wei Ran, graduate of Grade 1986, presently works as vice secretary-general and vice office director of the People’s Government of Guangxi;
 
Alumni at business circle:
Li Junhua, graduate of Grade 1973, general manager of Yongjiang Hotel;
Chen Chunneng, graduate of Grade 1979, presently works as director of the board and general manager of Huanyu Hengtong Group;
Tang Ai’ming, graduate of 1983, English major, presently works as director of the board and general manager of Huawei Garment Co., Ltd, etc.
 

Achievement
With the unremitting efforts of all faculty members, the school of foreign languages has made great achievements in teaching and research. Besides the achievements of professional disciplines construction, it has been awarded as the pilot college English teaching program. In the meantime, the FLC has made great achievements in social services, including the attributions to China-ASEAN Expo and CABIS in which quite a few teachers and students have won great reputation.
 
English majors can specialize in three fields of study, namely, English Language and culture, Translation and Interpreting, and Business English. Main courses include: Comprehensive English, Oral English, English Listening Comprehension, Advanced English, English Interpreting and Translation, English Rhetoric and Writing, English and American Culture, Selected Readings of Literary Masterpieces, Linguistics, Lexicology, Foreign Newspapers and periodicals, General Survey of English-speaking Countries, Communicative English, Second Foreign Languages(French, Japanese and Vietnamese), Foreign-related Negotiations, Pedagogy, Introduction to Language, Business English, English for Science and Technology, Advertising English, English for Tourism, etc. Optional courses include: Foreign Trade, News, Finance, Foreign-related Tourism, Insurance, Law, etc. The English Major Department boasts a vigorous teaching and research team with profound knowledge. With its geographic advantages, the English major has forged its unique strengths. It is a characterized specialty at both state and provincial level, with one teaching team at provincial level, one state-level distinguished course and one provincial-level teacher.
 
Main courses for Japanese major include: Basic Japanese, Advanced Japanese, Oral Japanese, Japanese Listening Comprehension, Japanese Writing, Japanese Viewing, Listening and Speaking, General Survey of Japan, Japanese Interpreting, Japanese Translation, Business Japanese, Japanese for Tourism, Japanese Grammar, Literary History of Japan, Japanese Culture, An Introduction to Japanese, etc. Japanese major is the only Category-A specialty of Guangxi University on the Wu Shulian University Ranking List. Japanese majors have won wide recognition with their good knowledge of the Japanese language. Second foreign language is offered in the first academic year, enabling students to have a good command of English. Japanese graduates are popular in the job market.
 
Main courses for Thai Major include: Basic Thai, Comprehensive Thai, Oral Thai, Thai Listening Comprehension, Thai Writing, Thai Viewing, Listening and Speaking, General Survey of Thailand, Thai Literature, Thai Interpreting, Thai Translation, Business Thai, Thai for Tourism, Comparison of Chinese and Thai Culture, General Survey of Southeast Asia, etc. These courses aim to equip Thai majors with a systematic theory of the Thai Language and enable them to have a good command of such skills as Thai Listening, speaking, reading, writing, advanced interpreting and translation concerning international trade and cultural exchange. Thai majors are trained to be high-level application-typed elites qualified for secretarial work and Education concerning the Thai Language and professionals engaging in basic scientific research.
 
Main courses for Vietnamese Major include: Basic Vietnamese, Comprehensive Vietnamese, Oral Vietnamese, Vietnamese Listening, Vietnamese Writing, Vietnamese Viewing, Listening and Speaking, History and culture of Vietnam, Vietnamese Interpreting, Vietnamese Translation, Vietnamese Literature, Business Vietnamese, Vietnamese for Tourism, Comparison of Chinese and Vietnamese Cultures, etc. Taking advantage of English teaching and learning, FLC endeavors to cultivate Vietnamese and Thai majors into talents proficient in two foreign languages oriented to the job market.
 
So far, there are 96 teachers in the College English Department, among whom 5 are professors, and 35 are associate professors. They are responsible for the English teaching of 24000 undergraduates and 6000 postgraduates all over Guangxi University. In 2007 and 2008, it was awarded by the Ministry of Education as the undergraduate teaching quality and teaching reform project——"College English Teaching Reform Demonstration Project” and undergraduate teaching quality and teaching reform project——“College English Teaching Reform Demonstration Project”. College English Courses are leveled as provincial quality teaching program. Besides the basic English courses, more professional English courses are set for the students to improve their language competence. Making full use of modern technology, college English teaching has network courses, comprehensive academic English (listening, writing and speaking). Moreover, there will be four English contests held every year: English Professional Skills Competition, English Drama Festival, FLTRP Cup National English Speaking Competition and Guangxi Translation Contest.
 
Foreign Languages College boasts over ten advanced teaching and learning Laboratories, such as the Trados lab, interpretation lab, computer-aided translation lab, etc.