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                                     Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Founded in 1978, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of XNUN was one of the earliest foreign language departments in the history of Guizhou’s higher education. In the process of about 40 years’ development, the teaching and scientific research, as well as the students’ management, has been improved greatly. The department has become one of the most renowned and large-scaled departments in XNUN. Currently the department has 47 faculty members, including 1 professor, 13 associate professors, 19 lectures and 14 assistant lectures, among whom 2 teachers hold a doctoral degree and 10 hold a master degree. The department often employs foreign teachers to undertake the teaching task of English major subjects. Apart from teaching the English major’s subjects, the faculty members of the department are responsible for the teaching task of College English of XNUN. In the department, there are 578 students, among which 273 are undergraduates and 305 are three-year students.

The department has invested over one million RMB to its construction of multimedia language labs, including four language labs with 208 seats and covering more than 200 square meters. At present, another three digital language labs are on the way to meet the further demand of English major and non-English major students’ language acquisition. In the library of XNUN, there are about 3732 kinds of foreign language reading materials, about 17,000 volumes in total number, including English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish and Arab.

English major aims at cultivating the advanced talents with solid language skills and high qualities and abilities to be employed in the fields of the governments, factories, domestic enterprises, foreign companies and foreign trade organizations, especially for the sections of foreign affairs and language education of Guizhou Province. Two programs have been formed in the department, that is, four-year English program and three-year English education program. The subjects of the four-year program include Intensive Reading, Listening, Oral English, Grammar, Applied English, the Second Foreign Languages( include Japanese, Russia, French), Advanced English, Translation Studies and Practice, English and America Literature, Linguistics, Interpreting, Phonetics, Extensive Reading, English Newspaper Reading, English Writing and so on; while the subjects of the three-year program include Intensive Reading, Extensive Reading, Phonetics, Listening, Grammar, Translation, Linguistics, English Writing, Pedagogy, English Teaching, Teachers Occupation Skills and so on.  

The department attaches great importance to the teaching and scientific research, and in the course a better atmosphere of learning and teaching has been formed. The leaders of the department have laid much emphasis on the building of teaching faculty and scientific research, with enhancing the teaching quality as the working center of the department. In the department, the further study is encouraged, and many teachers has been chosen to go abroad to further their study. In scientific research field, some achievements have been made in recent years. For a long time, the department has made a lot of innovation to alter its talent-educating modes, in which a great batch of excellent students have graduated and are playing an active role in all fields of society. Some graduates have made great contributions to the local primary and middle school’s education, and some have become the leaders at all levels, and some has passed the national entrance postgraduate examination and further their study. The department will constantly innovate its talent-educated modes to adapt the changing social environment and promote the further development.