Department of Foreign Languages,one of the earliest departments set up in 2004, is responsible for the foreign languages teaching for all students in Xi’an Jiaotong University City College(XJTUCC). There are four teaching and researching sections for English Majors,Business English Majors, Japanese Majors and College English under the Department of Foreign Languages. There are 62 teachers and staffs, among whom eight are professors, nine are associate professors and three are foreign teachers. The Department has seven laboratories which include network laboratories for self-study, comprehensive language practical training classrooms and interactive language laboratories. There are one foreign languages F.M. radio station and one recording room. 9 off-campus internship bases are respectively in 9 places, such as Xi’an, Qingdao and Tianjin.
Taking full advantages of the school-running resources of XJTU and adhering to its outstanding concepts, the Foreign Languages Departmentsticks to the principles of rigorous scholarship and quality of teaching. TheDepartment’s orientation is subjected to the college’s orientation, theprofessions’ requirements and students’ individual characters demands. TheDepartment sticks to the educational ideas which include advantage subjects, major’srecombination, language practice, fusion of Chinese and Western cultures andmultiple talents cultivation. In order to cultivate high-quality and appliedtalents with solid foundation, proficient competent of languages and strongsubject knowledge, the Foreign Languages Department employs “the basicknowledge platform plus major orientation” as its personnel training mode forEnglish Majors, Business English Majors and Japanese Majors. In the first twoyears, students focus on the languages basic skill training while in the finaltwo years, students can choose their major orientation based on their specialtiesand career plans. For the past few years, the pass rates of TEM 4 and JapaneseTest 4 are above 90% and students’ employment status has remained above 95%,and the postgraduate qualifying examination rates have been stabilized ataround 10%.
English Education and International Businessare the two professional directions of English Majors. Business Japanese and Tourism& Hospitality Management are major orientations for Japanese Majors.International Business and Cross-border E-commerce are the two professionaldirections of Business English Majors. The Business English adopts thepersonnel training mode, which includes the basic knowledge of English andprofessional skill course plus the courses of economy and business, in thecultivation of the compound-applied talents.
In order to improve students' competence of language and enrichstudents after school life, the Department attaches importance to the role ofthe second classroom in language teaching. Many colorful extracurricularactivities are carried out each semester. TheDepartment has established the following organizations: Seminar of Chinese andWestern Culture Forum, Students' Foreign Languages F.M. Radio Station, Foreign LanguagesCorner, Foreign Language Learning Website, Foreign Languages Drama Club, and Associationof Foreign Languages Public Speaking and Debating. To improve students’ foreignlanguages abilities, the Department has also established some extracurricularpromotion systems, such as foreign film dubbing competition, writingcompetition, dormitory oral English contest, speech competition, model UnitedNations, opera performance competition, contest of foreign language reading andtranslation contest. Students have achieved good results in the "FLTRP Cup"-National English Debating Competition, “CCTV Cup”- National English Speech Contest,"FLTRP Cup" National English Writing Contest, National CollegeEnglish Contest, "China Open" International Debate EducationAssociation, Han Suyin Award for Young Translators, Sasakawa Cup National UniversityJapanese Knowledge Competition and model United Nations activities.
About 600 students have graduated from Department of Foreign Languages since2010 and most of them are working in the departments of government, education,foreign trade, finance, tourism, manufacturing, media, cultural and culture creativeindustries. Many outstanding graduates have their own business. Some studentsare working in the well-known domestic enterprises, colleges and educationaltraining organizations as follows: Eastern Airlines, Capital Airlines, HainanAirlines, Hasee computer, Tencent, EXCEPTION de Mixmind Co., Ltd. andother; Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank, Bank of Beijing and otherdomestic commercial banks; London South Bank TCM Confucius Institute, BangkokConfucius College of Thailand, Nantong University of Jiangsu Province,Guangzhou University City College, Yan'an University Innovation Institute andother schools; new Oriental Education, Li Yang Crazy English, and Aston EnglishTraining Schools, etc.
90 graduates of Department of Foreign Languageshave been admitted by well-known universities both at home and abroad since2010. As a result of professional advantages, the proportion in thepostgraduate entrance exam of cross-professions accounts for 50% of the totalsuccessful admission. The comprehensive abilities and potential of thegraduates are recognized by the famous universities both at home and abroadsuch as Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an InternationalStudies University, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Shaanxi NormalUniversity, Huazhong Normal University, Nanjing Normal University, SuzhouUniversity, Henan University, San Francisco State University in the UnitedStates, Manchester University, University of Edinburgh, University ofBirmingham of UK, University of Guelph, Canada, University of Western Sydney,Australia and other foreign universities.
Department of Foreign Languageshas also achieved good results in teaching & research and scientificresearch. Teachers from the Department have edited 18 textbooks as editor-in-chief,4 of which are standard textbooks for the “the 11th Five Year Plan”.5 translated works and 70 papers have been published. The Department has alsoobtained many awards such as the third prize of Shaanxi Philosophy and SocialScience, 4 scientific & research and teaching reform projects of provinciallevel, 4 horizontal scientific research projects, 5 college projects, and 3first prizes of teaching achievements.