English Department has 27 Chinese teachers including 8 research supervisors, 12 professors and associate professors and 7 lecturers, as well as 7 overseas staff. 90% of the teachers studied or received training in overseas universities. The teaching team of the English Department is rigorous in academic study and excellent in teaching style. Its members made substantial contributions to academic research, published more than 100 papers in key academic journals, such as Foreign Language Education and Shandong Foreign Language Teaching Journal. In recent years, teachers published more than 30 books, translated works and textbooks. Several teachers have chaired or taken part in academic programs conducted by the Ministry of Education of China and the Department of Education of Gansu Province. In addition, several teachers won awards in provincial and national teaching competitions.
English Department aims at training students with a broad vision, innovative spirit and sound morality via equipping students with a solid English foundation and excellent language skills. The Department offers both social science and engineering courses to enable the students to be competent for positions related to translation, academic research, teaching and management in the fields of foreign affairs, trade and economy, cultural exchange, press media, education, academic research and tourism after graduation. The major courses include Comprehensive English, Advanced English, English Speaking, English Listening, Basic English Writing, Advanced English Writing, Translation Theories and Practice, English and Chinese Languages Comparison, Linguistics, English Literature, American Literature, Survey of English-speaking Countries, EST Reading, EST Translation, Commercial English, International Trade Theory and Practice and many others.
Students in the English Department have opportunities to further their study by applying to exchange programs cosponsored by the School and schools in Hongkong, Taiwan, and the United States as well as several European countries. They can also take part in paid internship programs in the United States to further develop their English competence. Our students have won various awards in many national English competitions such as speaking, writing and English-Chinese Interpretation contests. Graduates from the English Department are now found in the fields of foreign affairs, trade and economy, education, scientific research and tourism, undertaking jobs related to translation, interpretation, academic research, teaching and management, making their due contribution to the whole society.