English Major Department
The English major department in QNU boasts traditional advantages and it has officially recruited undergraduate students since 2000. In 2011 and 2012 the School's applications for Construction of Featured Majors for Colleges and Universities in Fujian Province, Trials of Innovative Talent Cultivation Reform—Outstanding Primary and Secondary School Teacher Training Program and Trials of Comprehensive Specialty Reform of Undergraduate Institutions in Fujian Province were successively approved. In 2013 the application for the Demonstrative Project Subject and Curriculum Reform was approved by the Ministry of Education. In 2014 the Reform Program for Cultivation of Outstanding English Teachers for Primary Schools was selected as one of the reform programs for cultivation of outstanding teachers in Fujian Province.
The English major department consists of two sub-departments: educational major and non-educational major. Presently the whole department owns 18 classes and an enrollment of 527 students in bachelor’s programs. Currently there are 28 full-time faculty members, including three professors, eight associate professors, eight lecturers who are responsible for English-related courses, and six lecturers who are in charge of Japanese-related courses. Four of the faculty members have PhD degrees, with two others pursing their PhD degrees.
The English Major (educational) in Quanzhou Normal University recruits undergraduate students not only in Quanzhou but also from Fujian province and the whole country. Keeping in mind the requirements of China's basic education reform and loyalty to the Party's education cause, the Major aims to achieve the all-round development of students, cultivating their competence in humanities and sciences, innovative spirit and international vision. Moreover, the students are required to have a good command of English, as well as the basics of pedagogy and psychology. With proficiency in English language, teaching, research and cross-cultural communication, the graduates will be well qualified to be English teachers in high schools and educational institutions.
The English Major (non-educational) in Quanzhou Normal University aims to achieve the all-round development of students, who can meet the needs of regional and national economic development with a high level of proficiency in English and a certain level of communicating ability in Japanese. The students are supposed to develop a sound character, to nurture a noble ideal, to take social responsibilities and to broaden their horizons internationally. With proficiency in both English and Japanese, the graduates, well adaptable to the vocational and social development, will be able to enter such professions as translation, administration, business and foreign trade in various sectors like foreign affairs, finance, culture, science and technology, etc.
Through a scientific positioning and step-by-step construction, the department emphasizes the importance of practical teaching in the curricular system and talent cultivation, and forms a stable and efficient dual-channel and multi-level practical teaching mode, that is, through two main channels—the first and second classrooms and the teaching practice off campus, so as to carry out intense training of listening, speaking, reading, writing, translating, and researching of English language for students, aiming to develop their professional knowledge and application skills. The department emphasizes the students' abilities to compete, research, innovate and work, forms a scientific and effective quality evaluation system for talent training, and encourages students to participate actively in various competitions, qualification examinations, practice and job hunting competition to show off their skills. In the past three years, two students have won the top prizes in the finals of the Hua Wen Cup National English Teaching Skills Contest for Normal College Students and four other students won the first prizes. In the Fujian Teaching Skills Contest for Normal College Students, five students have won the second prizes. In the provincial competition of the Challenge Cup college students' entrepreneurship competition, one has won the silver prize and one won the third prize. In the FLTRP Cup English Public Speaking Contest, one has won first prize, competing with contestants from more than 30 colleges and universities, and four have won first prizes in FLTRP Cup English contests at provincial level. Also, there have been five first-prize winners in the National English Competition for College Students, and nine provincial-level and six national-level undergraduate innovation and entrepreneurship projects.
Not only are the students of this major qualified to be teachers for primary and high schools, but they also have the ability to apply the English language flexibly in modern foreign exchanges. The department cultivates talented students for the Western Taiwan-Straits Economic Zone, and thus creates a training mode of English professionals that would be taken as a model of teaching innovation in similar universities.
Business English Department
Focusing on the primary strategic needs of China (Fujian) Pilot Free Trade Zone and the building of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Core Area, in order to match the society's demand for business English talents, the School of Foreign Languages set up Business English Department based on the previous foundation of English(Economics and Trade) with the approval of the Ministry of Education in September 2015. The program is designed to cultivate excellent application-oriented business talents who have a solid foundation of English and practical skills and will serve the regional economic and social development based on the local and national condition. This interdisciplinary program integrates foreign language and literature, applied economics, business administration, international business law and so forth. It highlights the characteristics of business language application, business knowledge and practice, and cross-cultural business communication skills. It aims at cultivating application-oriented talents with global vision and good humanity accomplishment who have international business abilities of English application, business practice, cross-cultural communication, critical thinking and innovation, autonomous learning ability by learning systematically the basic theory and knowledge of linguistics, economics, management, international commercial law, etc. The core task is to develop students’ intercultural communication competence and business English communication and practice abilities, therefore they will graduate as advanced talents capable of working on foreign trade, finance, management, especially foreign affairs of foreign-related private enterprises in Quanzhou and international trade, cross-border e-commerce, international conventions and exhibitions and so forth.
The teaching abd learning in Business English satisfies the needs of regional economic and social development, affixing great value to the applicability.
On the basis of national standard (draft) for Business English education, the talent training platform, consisting of four curriculum modules (language, business, intercultural communication, humanity and other interdisciplinary knowledge), a training center, and a practice base (for training, novitiate and internship), is under construction and improvement. The platform focuses on the training and practice of professional skills and aims at bringing up international compound and applied talents with specialty, capability and knowledge. It diversifies modes of talents training and improves the practical and innovative ability of students. In the talent training plan, the ratio of practical courses is increased, especially courses concerned with intercultural communication and business practice. On the training platform of business English, students have their practical skill greatly strengthened with intensified pre-job training. It provides a good grounding for talent training, and guarantees the implementation of many practical moves. The contestants comprising of the Business English juniors won the first prize in the 2019 Yixue Cup National Business English Practice Contest (Regional Final in Fujian). The enrichment of the major’s content, together with a full understanding of its own features and the trend of social development, contributes to the extension of students’ career development and the enhancement of their competitiveness and social reputation. Graduates have been well-equipped for the needs of market and society with knowledge, specialty and capability, in service of the region, field and enterprise development.
With great support from the University in the past four years, the Major has invested 3,000,000 yuan in the construction of training platform, practice base and teaching staff. The ever-growing input on the running of Business English is intended for a prominent applied talent training base of business English in Fujian Province, in accordance with the needs of national and provincial strategies like the construction of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone and Core Areas of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
College English Department
College English department, a team of full vitality, is in positive and rapid growth, with a well-structured echelon—13 associate professors, 19 lecturers among the 35 full-time teachers. The department undertakes College English and Post-graduate English courses for more than 60 majors (a total of 140 classes) of the university as a whole.
The department attaches much importance to improving comprehensive qualities and professional competence of the faculty, encouraging teachers to exchange ideas through various activities such as seminars and demonstrations. With encouragement from the department, many teachers take part in diversified teaching competitions and achieve outstanding results: one first prize of FLTRP National College English Teaching Demonstration and Evaluation, one championship of FLTRP National College English Star Teacher Contest (semifinal), one award of QNU Teaching Demonstration, one first prize of QNU Teaching Excellence and three first prizes of QNU Teaching Competition.
大学英语教学部不断鼓励教师在教学科研中大胆探索创新。团队成员共获批省部级课题12项，省厅级课题16项，市级课题 10项，校级课题8项；发表论文 80余篇，其中20篇为核心期刊论文。2016年9月，我校《大学英语》课程入选“省级精品在线开放课程项目”；2018年8月我校大学英语教学改革项目获批“福建省本科高校教育教学改革（重大）教改项目”。
The department also encourages teachers to innovate in teaching research. 12 provincial projects, 16 provincial level projects, 10 municipal projects and 8 college projects are approved and 80 papers are published, among which 20 are in core journals. Additionally, the College English Course was elected as the provincial Open Online Course in September 2016. In August 2018, the College English Teaching Reform Project was approved as Major Education and Teaching Reform Program in Undergraduate Universities of Fujian Province.
Moreover, the department concentrates on curriculums and students' practical English abilities. The rates of students passing CET-4 and CET-6 are on the rise year by year. Besides, students are motivated and organized to take part in competitions such as National English Competition for College Students, and FLTRP Cup English Public Speaking, Writing and Reading Contest. Since 2013 there have been nine top prizes and 57 first prizes in National English Competition for College Students, and six first prizes in FLTRP Cup provincial contests.
Team members in the College English Teaching Department are forging?ahead for innovation with great enthusiasm and energy, striving for high-level?development in management, teaching, research and faculty construction.