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School of Foreign Languages

 

The School of Foreign Languages (or SFL) of Beijing Normal University at Zhuhai was established on June 16th, 2003 and its dean is Professor Tao Wenhao, a doctor of English linguistics and postgraduate supervisor who studied at Oxford University. Professor Qian Guanlian, a renowned linguist in China, is its honorary dean. The School boasts a group of highly qualified teachers, including such doctoral supervisors as Professor Liu Xiangyu, Professor Zhou Liuxi, Professor Tian Guisen, and dozens of newly-recruited professors, associate professors, doctors, and masters, from top-ranking universities in China and many of whom have studied or worked abroad. Of the 75 teaching staff members, English, Japanese and Portuguese native teachers account for nearly 50%; 1/4 of those native teachers hold a PhD.

   
With College English teaching as its basis, the SFL undertakes the foreign language teaching of nearly 20,000 non-English majors. In November, 2007, College English was rated as one of the “Quality Courses” of the university and in the first term of 2007-2008 academic year, the listening and speaking courses of College English for non-English majors of 2007 adopted web-based instruction. In September, 2008, College English made all-around reform, allowing those students who have passed the CET 4 to take the compulsory courses of College English, with a wide variety of English courses to choose from. In September, 2009, the reform was further intensified by allowing those freshmen who excelled in the English proficiency test to directly take the compulsory courses of College English and, meanwhile, to sit for the CET4 in that term. In May, 2013, College English was rated as one of the “Quality Resource-sharing Courses” of Guangdong Province. In view of the status quo of College English teaching reform in China, the university is one taking the lead in this regard.

   
At the same time, the SFL focuses on training English majors and Japanese majors. In August, 2004, the English Department was founded and enrolled the first group of English majors in October of the same year, a total number of 150 students; in August, 2010, the Japanese Department was established and enrolled 87 Japanese majors in September of the same year; in September, 2010, the SFL and the School of Chinese established a collaborative program of English-TCFL (Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) as a double major and 21 English majors began studying in this program; in July, 2011, the SFL was authorized to enroll postgraduate students; in September, 2012, 23 M.A. candidates in English Education were enrolled. Over the past decade, the SFL has developed into an institution with over 1,000 undergraduates and 43 postgraduates.


The guideline of the SFL is to highlight quality and innovation, so as to train first-rate interdisciplinary, independent English and Japanese professionals for Guangdong Province and the country at large. The school has been exploring every avenue to fine-tune its school-running features. It has established the English-French orientation, the English-Portuguese orientation, and the orientation of English Language and Literature for the English majors and the Japanese-English orientation and Business Japanese orientation for the Japanese majors. More practical and practice-based courses are offered for the third year and fourth year students to ensure the practicality of the curriculum.


Since its foundation, the SFL has been negotiating with a number of foreign universities and so far reached an agreement with five universities in the English-speaking countries, including the University of Bedfordshire and the University of Portsmouth in Britain, the University of Long Island in America, Griffith University in Australia, and Acadia University in Canada. In the near future, our international cooperative programs will be launched, to forge ahead with our cooperation and exchanges with foreign universities on the education of undergraduates, postgraduates and Ph. D candidates. The objective of the programs is to train qualified foreign language professionals, who have a good command of English, a solid knowledge of both the Chinese and Western cultures, and above all, an international vision.
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Great Events of the SFL

 

- In June, 2003, the Faculty of Foreign Languages of BNUZ was established.
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- In September, 2003, the Faculty of Foreign Languages started to undertake the teaching of College English of the whole university.
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- In June, 2004, the Faculty of Foreign Languages launched its first website.
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- In June, 2004, students of BUNZ for the first time sat for the CET 4.
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- In August, 2004, the English Department of the Faculty of Foreign Languages was established.
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- In October, 2004, the first group of English majors was received.
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- In May, 2005, the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Griffith University in Australia signed an agreement on school-running cooperation.
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- In May, 2006, the first group of English majors sat for the TEM 4.
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- In June, 2006, the Faculty of Foreign Languages launched its second version of website.
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- In September, 2007, the listening and speaking courses of College English adopted web-based instruction.
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- In November, 2007, College English was rated as one of the “Quality Courses” of the university.
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- In February, 2008, the first group of English majors sat for the TEM 8.
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- In April, 2008, the first group of English majors had their thesis defense.
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- In June, 2008, the first group of English majors had their graduation ceremony.
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- In June, 2008, the Faculty of Foreign Languages launched its third version of website.
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- In July, 2008, the employment rate of the first group of English majors reached 98.6%.
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- In September, 2008, the English majors of 2008 were received, for the first time having the privilege of choosing one of the six orientations, including English-Japanese, English-French, Business English, Tourism and Translation, English Language and Literature, and English Education.
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- In September, 2008, College English made all-around reform, allowing those students who have passed the CET 4 to take the compulsory courses of College English, with a wide variety of English courses to choose from.
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- In April, 2009, the Research Institute of Contemporary Linguistics of BNU at Zhuhai was established.
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- In April, 2009, the faculty started to apply for the establishment of Japanese major and made respectable process.
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- In January, 2010, Professor Qian Guanlian started to be the honorary dean of the faculty.
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- In February, 2010, the faculty was authorized to enroll Japanese majors starting September, 2010.
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- In July, 2010, the General CPC Branch of the FFL was established.
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- In September, 2010, the Japanese Department was established and it enrolled 87 Japanese majors as its first group of students.
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- In September, 2010, the FFL and the School of Chinese set up a collaborative program of English-TCFL (Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) as a double major and 21 English majors as the first group studied in this program. 
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- In September, 2010, minor courses of English Majors were offered for non-English majors of the university and 26 students studied English as their minor.
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- In November, 2010, the FFL passed a resolution to recruit more native English/Japanese teachers in five years’ time and by the end of the “12th Five Year Plan” period, they will have made up one third or half of the staff.
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- In February, 2011, the FFL and the Administrative Department of BNUZ started to offer Oral English as a free course for the staff and faculty of the university.
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- In March, 2011, all the news reports of the FFL on the website are both in Chinese and English.
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- In July, 2011, the FFL was authorized to enroll postgraduate students; 30 M.A. candidates in English Education will be enrolled in September, 2012.
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- In August, 2011, the FFL, in accordance with the standardization requirements of BNUZ, changed its English name from the "Faculty of Foreign Languages" into the "School of Foreign Languages".
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- In September, 2011, the School of Foreign Languages (SFL) for the first time offered Portuguese as an elective for the students of BNUZ, which was its first step to establish Portuguese Major.
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-Up to the first term of 2011-2012 Academic Year, the SFL has employed 30 native English/Japanese/Portuguese teachers, accounting for 41.7% of the faculty.
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- In September, 2011, in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education of Guangdong Province, the SFL kept 3 orientations of English Major, namely English & French, English Language & Literature, and English Education, out of its original 6 orientations.
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- In September, 2011, the SFL published 10 “National 11th 5-year Plan” textbooks of the series of 21st Century College English for Interactive Purposes with Professor Tao Wenhao as the chief editor and dozens of teachers from the SFL as the compilers.
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- In December, 2011, the SFL was authorized to enroll 67 transfer students of English majors with an associate degree, who are to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.
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- In March, 2012, the SFL started to adopt a tutorial system for the English majors.
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- In March, 2012, the SFL and the Publishing House of Fudan University hosted the National Seminar on College English Teaching at BNUZ; over 200 deans of Faculties of Foreign Languages throughout China attended the seminar.
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- In June, 2012, Japanese majors of 2010 sat for the National Test for Japanese Majors Band 4.

- In September, 2012, the SFL changed the 3 orientations of English Major into English & French, English & Portuguese, and English Language & Literature.

- In December, 2012, the project of College English as one of the Quality Courses of the university was closed with distinction.
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- In January, 2013, the SFL project of the Tridimensional Teaching Mode of College English in the E-era was awarded the second prize in teaching achievements of the university.
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- In May, 2013, College English was rated as one of the “Quality Resource-sharing Courses” of Guangdong Province.
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- In June, 2013, English Listening and Video Watching and English Intensive Reading and Grammar was rated as the “Quality Resource-sharing Courses” of BNUZ.
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- In June, 2013, the SFL launched its fourth version of website.
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- In June, 2013, the SFL put forth its motto “Love, Knowledge, Morality and Integrity”.

- In June, 2013, the SFL held its 10th Anniversary Ceremony.

- In December, 2013, the SFL hosted the 1st Annual Conference of Guangdong Provincial Teaching Steering Committee of the English Major.


- In July, 2014, “SFL Pilot Teaching Reforms of the English Majors” was rated as a provincial project. 


- In July, 2014, “Translation between English and Chinese” was rated as the “Quality Resource-sharing Courses” of BNUZ.


- In July, 2014, the first cohort of MA students of English Teaching, of Japanese Majors, and of English-TCFL Double Majors had their graduation ceremony.

- In September, 2014, the FFL and the School of Chinese launched a collaborative double-major program of Japanese and Chinese Language &Literature.


- In October, 2014, the SFL hosted the 2014 Annual Conference of Guangdong Foreign Languages Society.


-In May, 2015, English Listening Course Series was rated as one of the “Quality Resource-sharing Courses” of Guangdong Province.
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-In June, 2015, “An Investigation of Translation Workshop Online as a Teaching Model” was rated as one of the Projects of Teaching Research and Reform of Guangdong Province.
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-In August, 2016, the SFL organized the first professional training program in Australia for teachers of the School.
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-In October, 2016, “Reform and Research of Paperless Exams for College English” was rated as a key Project of the 13th Five-year Plan funded by the Office of Philosophy and Social Science of Guangdong Province.
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