Shandong University established the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature in 1930. Renowned scholars like Liang Shih-Chiu and Hong Shen worked as department chair in the early years and its faculty included quite a number of professors distinguished in academic achievements. After 1949, celebrated professors such as Wu Fuheng, Huang Jiade, Zhang Jian, Lu Fan, and Sam Ginsbourg worked here for decades. Their teaching and research helped to lay a solid foundation for our fine tradition and positive pursuit for academic perfection, facilitating a sustainable development of the department.
The department has been one of the pioneers nationwide in English teaching and academic studies. The department was authorized to initiate MA program in 1978, PhD program in 2000, and postdoc program in 2007. The program was granted the title “Key Program of Shandong Province” in 1996, “Key Discipline of 211 Project of Shandong University” in 1998, and “Key Discipline for Preferential Construction of Shandong Province” in 2001. In the national assessments organized by the Ministry of Education, our program has achieved amazing results: our undergraduate education in 2017 was graded as A, about top 1% among its peers all over the country; the program was honorably entitled “National First-Class Program” in 2019.
Our goal is to foster students’ academic sensitivity, team spirit, international perspective, pioneering spirit, sense of diligence and perseverance, based on the nurturance of morality and ethics. It provides students with access to the knowledge and theories in the field of linguistics, literature, culture and trans-cultural communication, so that students upon their graduation are competent for the work in such fields as diplomacy, foreign trade, foreign-oriented tourism, culture, journalism, English language teaching and academic research. At the same time, we encourage student to be critical in thinking and creative in problem-solving, and focus on cultivating their potentials in knowledge acquisition for interpersonal communication and intercultural communication and on the introduction of scientific methodology for academic research, so that our graduates can be qualified for academic research or relevant positions. Besides, we also put great emphasis on student’s sense of morality and ethics, guiding them to make sound judgment and reasonable decision for their career.
The special program of English Major, Liang Shiqiu Experimental Class, was started in 2014, and is aimed at exploring new ways to cultivate qualified graduates of foreign languages. It shifts from the traditional technique-based teaching paradigm to a new professional knowledge-guided training mode, so as to be in line with international practices in a real sense. The curriculum borrows much from that of first-class colleges and universities abroad. Based on traditional understanding of a language major, it features an even more intensified, deepened and refined training, which is also underscored by an emphasis on students’ international horizons and comprehensive qualities. Close attention is paid to the learning of academic norms and interdisciplinary studies, so as to get them prepared for further and diverse academic research.
Research interests in the MA program cover such areas as second language acquisition theory and language teaching, theoretical linguistics, translation theory and practice, and British and American literature. Our excellent graduates work as teachers in universities and colleges, government offices, research institutions, foreign affairs agencies, media, foreign trade companies, and some of them chose to continue to study for doctorate programs. The PhD graduates work mainly in universities and colleges, playing an important role in teaching and research and standing out with their excellent academic performance.
The department maintains its strong commitment to traditional areas of studies like research and teaching in English literature and linguistics, while also encouraging interdisciplinary studies. The department has an excellent team of faculty of 16 teachers, including 5 professors and 8 associate professors, 5 of whom are doctoral supervisors. In the past several years they have been undertaking dozens of national or provincial research projects and published papers in national and international journals. They have granted honorable titles with their prestigious achievements in British modernist literature, second language writing, American ethnic literature, pragmatic studies, drama studies, and teacher development studies. Prof. Shen Fuying is New-Century Outstanding Scholar by the Ministry of Education; Prof. Wang Yong and Prof. Wang Ying were awarded the honor of Shandong University Teacher of Excellency; Prof. Zhang Yanfei and Prof. Feng Wei were granted Outstanding Young Scholar of the Future of Shandong University and Qilu Scholar; Prof. Han Jiying was granted Outstanding Young Scholar of the Future of Shandong University. Prof. Shen Fuying and Prof. Wang Ying were granted the award of Excellency for Undergraduate Teaching in honorary system of Shandong University.
This amazing team of faculty is providing a wide range of courses for undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate curriculum includes core courses and major disciplinary practices. Mandatory core courses include those to improve the students’ language skills like English reading, listening, speaking and writing, English Grammar, and E-C/C-E translation & interpretation, and those to constitute their basic academic framework, like English Phonetics, English Linguistics, British Literature, American Literature, History of Western Civilization, Greek and Roman Mythology, Selected Reading of Bible, and Western Culture. Another wide range of courses are provided as optional to cater to students’ academic interests, focusing on three different academic areas like literature, linguistics and translation studies. MA and PhD degree program comprises three specialties: English Literature, English linguistics and English Language Teaching, and Translation Studies. In addition, a colorful range of extra-curriculum activities, like speech contest, play-writing and performance, is organized to add color to college life and to improve students’ overall professional competence.
With the fine legacy of the past generations, the faculty members in the English Department are working with unremitting efforts for further development in English language teaching and research.
Add.: English Department,
School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Shandong University,
No.5, Hongjialou, Jinan, Shandong, P.R. China 250100