Introduction of Foreign Languages School of LYU
“To educate our students to be literate in theories and be skilled in applications”. This quotation has been the applied standards for educating students in the Foreign Languages School at Linyi University since it has been founded in 1978. Its strong faculty and research conditions has make it become an important training base for foreign language talents in Shandong Province.
At present, the School has six undergraduate majors, namely, English, Business English, Russian, Spanish, Korean and Arabic and a Business English Program. The foreign language teaching division in the School undertakes tasks of offering compulsory courses and various elective courses for the whole university. Currently, there are 151 faculty members, including 47 professors and associate professors, 44 doctors (doctoral students included), 7 master supervisors, 2 doctoral supervisors, 5 heads of national or provincial academic societies, 9 provincial and municipal special evaluation experts and outstanding contribution experts, and 2 provincial youth entrepreneurship project hosts. And nearly 20 foreign teachers are employed throughout the year.
The School has research institutions such as The RCEP Regional Cooperation Research Center in Linyi, Shandong Cross-border E-commerce Training Base for New Foreign Trade Formats and Provincial Language Comprehensive Experimental Teaching Center. There are TOEFL Test Center, GRE Test Center, Spanish International Evaluation and Testing Center, Centers for International Chinese Teaching Qualification Certification, Center for National International Business English Certification and Shandong Oral English Level Examination Center and many other test sites. Strong teaching and scientific research strength has laid a good foundation for the development of Foreign Languages School.
Substantial education achievements and teaching awards. Our English program has been nominated “High-level Application-oriented Program of Shandong Province” in 2017, and “First-class Undergraduate Program Construction Institute” in 2019. In recent three years, four provincial teaching projects have been approved. It’s worth mentioning that the Foreign Aid Program approved by the National Ministry of Education in 2019 has filled the gap of such projects at the university level. Meanwhile, one provincial first-class course and one provincial high-quality postgraduate education course were approved; more than 10 first prizes in national teaching competitions were granted, over 50 university level teaching projects were approved, and 3 teaching materials and more than 100 teaching papers were published.
The Student Competition Team has won 1 bronze award in the National Internet + Entrepreneurship Competition, 10 approved training projects in the National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program for College Students, and more than 200 awards in the provincial discipline competitions. The reform of graded teaching mode and comprehensive computer-based examination are implemented in college foreign languages education, and the talent training mode is updated. The blended teaching method has been upgraded and the Internet plus teaching and Internet plus courses have been implemented.
Discipline construction and scientific research going hand in hand. Discipline construction and scientific research are progressing steadily, and well-known scholars and experts at home and abroad are employed as discipline consultants. The “Chinese Children's Multimodal Spoken Language Corpus” has attracted the attention of academic circles at home and abroad. Our faculty members have chaired or participated in 13 national projects, one Entrusted Project of State Language Commission, more than 30 Shandong Social Science Fund projects, over 170 municipal and department level projects, and published more than 70 high-level papers in SSCI, SCI, A&HCI, CSSCI journals, over 20 professor and doctor libraries. The School total in-place research funds have reached over 5.5 million RMB. The School has also won 6 Provincial Social Science Excellent Achievement Awards and 34 municipal and department Level Social Science Excellent Achievement Awards.
Distinctive international exchange models. The school has established cooperative relations with more than 70 universities in more than a dozen countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Spain, South Korea, Egypt and Malaysia, and established Chinese language education studios and student internship bases and innovation and entrepreneurship parks overseas. Joint training agreements have been signed with many foreign universities, and the educational characteristics of doctoral students' international development have initially appeared. Nearly 1000 students went to prestigious universities in Spain, Russia, Egypt, the United States, France, South Korea and other countries to study, of which nearly 50 were sent by the State Foundation Commission to study in Russia and Spain, and more than 50 were volunteers from the Confucius Institute Headquarters. We have held many influential academic conferences, and jointly held many Belt and Road cross-border e-commerce strategic training courses in Shandong Province to serve the Belt and Road industries and local economy.
The cultivation of ingenuity has achieved remarkable results. The League Education team always cultivates talents with an ingenuity. The Foreign Languages School Academy Youth League was nominated as one of the Top Ten Belt and Road summer social practice teams, excellent organization units, and awarded the title of “May 4th Red Flag League Committee of Shandong Province”. One person was shortlisted for the Ninth National College Counselor of the year, including 2 top ten counselors in Shandong Province, 2 provincial excellent counselors and 4 provincial excellent instructors. In 2020, it won the first place in the League Education performance assessment of the whole university. The Student Party Branch of Business English Department has become a “Shandong Province Model Party Branch” at Linyi University. The student organization Accompany with Xinger has won provincial and municipal awards for many times and has become the school's signature organization. In the past three years, students have won more than 900 provincial and above awards, more than 400 students studying overseas, and more than 600 have been admitted to postgraduate programs at home and abroad, civil servants and career editors positions.
Hold fast to the proper way of education and cultivate patriotism. Over the years, the education achievements and teaching awards received by the Foreign Languages School have been in the lead in Linyi University, and also ranked in the forefront of professional education in Shandong Province. All our faculty and staff welcome individuals of insight from home and abroad to join us!