About English Department
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The origin of the Department of English Language and Literature (or English Department for short) goes back to the English major of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature founded in 1960. Under the leadership of eminent scholars of the older generation such as Professor Wang Kun and Professor Zhang Yanchang, the English major scored rapid progress at the very inception. In 1979, approved by the Education Ministry, the English major started to enroll MA students. In 1981, it began to run one of the first authorized master degree programs. In 1993, it was expanded into the Department of English of the School of Foreign Languages at Jilin University. In 2000, the merger of universities and the restructuring of departments and colleges further scale up the size of the department. Running three master programs respectively for English Language and Literature, Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics as well as Interpretation, the department now has over 500 students and an outstanding faculty. At present, there are 30 teachers altogether, including 14 professors, 9 associate professors, 5 lecturers and 2 teaching assistants. 9 of the teachers hold PhD degrees while 13 are PhD candidates. Many of the teachers enjoy a prestigious reputation in related fields, including one council member of the China English Language Education Association, one council member of the China Linguistics Education Association and two executive directors of the Jilin Foreign Languages Education Association. The Department of English boasts a rational faculty structure. A majority of its teachers are young or middle-aged teachers with strong academic capacity and overseas background. To propel its academic research to the global forefront of advance, the department continues to expand academic exchanges with domestic and overseas universities, sending teachers every year to further their study or give lectures in prestigious universities abroad or attend international academic conferences. Being on the front line of teaching and research, the teachers at the department are not only strict and devoted teachers but also friends of the students. Additionally, the department employs foreign experts and professors to give lectures to both undergraduate and graduate students every year.
Enjoying a high reputation in the field, the Department of English boasts a fine academic tradition and a solid foundation for discipline development. After long-term endeavors, the department has established a relatively complete discipline system, covering a myriad of fields including linguistics, literature, culture study, translation study and MTI. In conformity with the three-in-one guideline of promoting undergraduate education, advancing postgraduate education and applying for a doctoral program, the teaching faculty enhances teaching standards by pressing ahead with research and upgrades research capacity through pushing forward teaching work with emphasis both on the construction of Courses of Excellence for the English major and the building of a research team, thereby accomplishing both the teaching and researching tasks. Over the past five years (according to statistics of 2012), teachers at the department have published nearly 100 articles in high-class journals like Foreign Literature Studies, Philosophical Trends, Foreign Literature, Foreign Theoretical Trends, Literature and Art Criticism, Social Science Front and Contention of Literary and Artistic Thought. Besides, they have finished 4 monographs, translated 2 works, compiled 6 textbooks, presided over or engaged in over 30 different kinds of research projects, of which one is a provincial Course of Excellence and three have won prizes at provincial or national level.
While striving to improve students’ English proficiency, the Department of English sticks to its philosophy of humanistic education and makes coordinated and systematic efforts to promote Chinese culture and carry forward the humanist spirit, thereby cultivating students’ sense of humanity and providing a solid theoretical foundation as well as a strong motivation for their language study. Through formulating a proper training plan, the department aims at producing forward-looking, practical-minded and innovative cultural elites with a wide scope of knowledge, moral integrity and excellent skills of judgment and discrimination. The department also places a premium on instructing students to comprehend and respect academic norms and guiding students to conduct academic research, thereby enabling students to confront competition with composure and maintain a competitive edge. In accordance with the above-mentioned educational philosophies, the department offers courses on the training of the most basic practical skills like listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating for students in the freshman and sophomore year. From the sophomore year on, students are offered major courses, including key courses like British Literature, American Literature, a Survey of English-speaking Countries and Linguistics. Optional courses such as Introduction to Western Culture, Selected Readings of Literature, British Society and Culture, American Society and Culture and a General Survey of Chinese Culture are offered respectively in the four years in accordance with their difficulty levels.
To expand students’ global vision and enhance their international competitiveness, the department selects excellent students every year and sends them as exchange students to study at prestigious universities both at home and abroad, such as Montana State University, Simon Fraser University, Stockholm University, Taiwan's Tsinghua University, Chengchi University, National University of Kaohsiung, Tamkang University. Graduates of the department generally go on to pursue a master or PhD degree in prestigious universities at home and abroad, teach at institutes of higher learning across the country or work in state ministries or foreign enterprises, winning wide acclaim wherever they study or work. Over the past several decades, the Department of English has fostered a large number of talents for the nation, who can be found in nearly all trades and professions at home and abroad. Many of them are already backbones, leaders, renowned experts or scholars of their respective fields.
Office: Room 327, the Foreign Languages Building of the Central Campus of Jilin University
Chair: Sun Mingli
Associate Chair: Bu Yukun