Dean: Hua Houkun
Deputy Dean: Tian Hong, Xu Huixia
Office: Z103 (Dean's Office) /Z102 (Teachers’ Meeting Room)
College English Teaching Department II, the School of Foreign Languages, was founded in 2003, but its teaching history dates back to the early 1980s. Currently, together with faculties of College English Teaching Department II we are in charge of College English teaching and research of the University, and the daily operation of the Clinic for Foreign Language Learning at the School of Foreign Languages.
We boast a young and middle-aged conscientious teaching faculty with high teaching quality. Now we have 47 full-time teachers, including 9 associate professors, 2 PhDs, and 2 PhD candidates.
As a systematic and actually independent subject, College English forms a teaching system that combines a lot of teaching approaches and teaching devices to inculcate students with language knowledge, cultivate their language skills and learning strategies, and enhance their cultural quality. In the latter half of 2013, the Chinese Ministry of Education promulgated College English Teaching Requirements (Interim), on the basis of which all Chinese institutions of higher learning are required to carry out a new round of College English teaching reform. In 2007, in accordance with the objectives of reform on College English teaching, further revision and improvement were made on College English Teaching Requirements (Interim) to keep pace with the practice of College English teaching reform. According to the three requirements in the revised College English Teaching Requirements (that is, the basic requirement, the intermediate requirement, and the advanced requirement), College English Teaching Department II formulated, by absorbing the reform experiences of other colleges and universities and urging our faculties to change their traditional teaching conception to adapt themselves to the updated foreign language instruction in the University, a scientific, systematic, individualized College English Teaching Curriculum suitable for JSU students and aimed at enhancing their comprehensive capability of language use and cultural quality. In the meanwhile, in order to reform the teaching mode and model of ours, the new model of “classroom instruction + autonomous learning + teacher’s coaching” is adopted to facilitate the adoption of modern educational technology, the human-machine interaction, and the cultivation of a new learning model that features an autonomous learning of students and an interactive learning between students and machines.
According to the latest College English teaching program of Jiangsu University for non-English majors (2016), College English Teaching Department II collaborates with College English Teaching Department I to make changes on the teaching plan of College English. Currently we are offering 4 types of College English courses to students of Grade 2016 and Grade 2017, that is “Basic College English Courses”, “Advanced College English Courses”, “Intensive College English Courses” and “Elective College English Courses”. Concretely, the “Basic College English Courses” contain the general-purpose English lessons aimed at helping students reinforce the basic knowledge of general-purpose English and enhance their practical ability of the English language for daily communication; the “Advanced College English Courses” are mainly aimed at teaching the subject-oriented academic English (English for Academic Purposes, EAP) and the advanced English skills to keep pace with the international strategy of the University. These courses are offered to help senior students obtain professional English skills in related fields, to enhance their critical and innovative thinking abilities, and to meet the needs of students of various disciplines for international exchanges and overseas study; the “Intensive College English Courses” are also offered to teach general-purpose English, but to help students who fail to meet upon the completion of their compulsory English courses the “basic or intermediate requirements” to pass the CET-4 and the CET-6 by doing intensive training on their comprehensive English skills; the “Elective College English Courses” that constitute an important part of the University elective curriculum give lectures on individual English skills, culture and literature, and professional English, offered term by term in a row, with a view to meeting the students’ actual needs to promote their individual English skills, intercultural communication skills, and the workplace English skills.
We have achieved good teaching performance through conscientious and painstaking work: in recent five years, so the pass rate of CET-4 of the undergraduates taught by College English Teaching Department II have always been more than 90%, coming out in front among all Chinese universities; each year there are students winning prizes at the “FLTRP Cup” National English Speech Contest, the “FLTRP Cup” National Writing Contest, the “FLTRP Cup” National English Reading Contest, and the National College English Competition; the “College English” course has been ranked in succession among the “842” Key Construction Courses of Jiangsu University, the Top-Quality Online Courses of Jiangsu University, and the Top-Quality Online Course Candidates of Jiangsu Province; in 2012 the “College English” course won a second prize for the Educational Achievements of Jiangsu Province and a grand prize for the Teaching Achievements of Jiangsu University; in recent five years, faculties of College English Teaching Department II repeatedly won prizes for the National English Teaching Competition sponsored by the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, a second prize for the National English Micro-lecture Competition sponsored by Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, a second and third prize for the Teaching Contest of Jiangsu University, and other important prizes.
In future, faculties of College English Teaching Department II will carry forward the spirit of painstaking work without any complaints to enhance our teaching quality and raise our research level, striving to build the College English course into a provincial and national excellent course.