Introduction to the School of Foreign Languages and Literature

  School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Suzhou University of Science and Technology (SUST), was developed from the Foreign Languages Department of Suzhou Railway Teachers College (which started to offer an undergraduate program for English majors in 1985) and the Foreign Languages Department of Suzhou Institute of Urban Construction and Environmental Protection (which started to offer an undergraduate program for English majors in 1999). The two departments were merged into the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature of SUST in 2001 and renamed as the School of Foreign Languages and Literature of SUST in 2008.
  At present, there are 102 faculty members, including 92 full-time teachers (4 full professors, 27 associate professors and 59 lecturers). And among them, 5 hold doctor degrees, 11 are Ph.D. candidates, and 57 others hold master degrees. The School consists of the English Department, the Japanese Department, the College English Department, and the postgraduate teaching group. The English Department currently offers undergraduate programs in three specialized areas, namely, English Education, International Business Management English and Applied English Translation, while the Japanese Department offers undergraduate Japanese programs in the areas of International Business Japanese and Information Technology Japanese. There are more than 1,000 undergraduates and about 400 adult students in the School. As English is a compulsory course for the non-English majors, the College English Department offers college English course for more than 7000 undergraduate students, and the postgraduate teaching group offers the graduate English course for about 280 postgraduate students.
  The School has already formed a relatively stable teaching and research team engaged in such areas as Linguistics, British Literature and American Literature, Translation, English Language Teaching Methodology, Cross-cultural Communication, Business English, as well as Japanese Language and Literature, undertaking all the foreign languages teaching and research for both the undergraduate students and postgraduate students in the university.
In recent five years, the School has made great achievements in both teaching and research: the publication of more than 500 papers (over 60 papers in the core journals) and more than 40 books including monographs, textbooks and translated books, as well as the accomplishments of more than 40 research projects at deferent levels: 1 National Social Science Fund Project, 1 National Basic Foreign Language Teaching Research Project, 8 Philosophy and Social Science Research Projects for Colleges and Universities in Jiangsu Province, over 20 university research projects, and 18 university teaching reform projects. The School has also won some honors: 2 Provincial Quality Courses, 2 Outstanding Achievement Awards in Humanities and Social Sciences for Colleges and Universities in Jiangsu Province, 5 Outstanding Achievement Awards in Philosophy and Social Sciences of Suzhou City, over 10 awards from deferent academic associations, 5 prizes in Jiangsu Province Young Teachers¡¯ Teaching Competition, 4 prizes in Young Teachers¡¯ Teaching Competition of SUST, 1 prize in Jiangsu Province¡¯s Teaching Achievements, 1 first prize and 1 second prize for SUST Teaching Achievements, 1 Excellent Courseware Prize at the Third College Multimedia Courseware ¡°Sky Classroom Cup¡± Award in Jiangsu Province, 3 prizes at SUST Excellent Multimedia Courseware Award, 2 SUST awards for quality courses, 4 SUST key courses or course modules. The teachers have received a number of governmental awards for their excellent work: 1 ¡°333 Project¡± teacher in Jiangsu Province, 1 young or middle-aged academic pioneer for Jiangsu Universities¡¯ ¡°Qinglan Project,¡± 3 young backbone teachers for Jiangsu Universities¡¯ ¡°Qinglan Project,¡± 1 moral model teacher in Jiangsu Province, 1 award for a good modal returning from overseas to Suzhou City, and 4 outstanding young backbone teachers in SUST.
  The School is equipped with advanced teaching facilities, including 12 sets of Panasonic WE-LL300AAC new multimedia language laboratories (or 560 seats), 14 multimedia network classrooms, 3 multimedia computer rooms (147 computers), 1 simultaneous interpretation room (with 32 seats) and 1 wireless FM teaching radio. The reference room boasts a collection of over 10,000 books in Chinese and foreign languages, more than 70 periodicals in Chinese and foreign languages, over 800 bound volumes of periodicals and over 300 kinds of audiovisual materials.
  For the past twenty years, the School of Foreign Languages and Literature has always focused on the undergraduate teaching and the quality of the student cultivation, and so great achievements can be seen: More than 100 graduates have been admitted to the well-known universities, such as Peking University, Fudan University, Nanjing University and other prestigious domestic and overseas universities for their postgraduate study. Over 2,000 graduates are now working in the fields of education, business, press, administration, engineering, law and some other fields both at home and abroad. The School leaders, together with the whole faculty members, spare no efforts to carry out the teaching and scientific research, working vigorously for the further development of the school by promoting the master¡¯s program in the English Language and Literature and aiming to scale a new height in the foreign language education and research in the coming years.