An Introduction to School of English Studies, Dalian University of Foreign Languages
School of English Studies(SES) of Dalian University of Foreign Languages (DUFL) was founded in 1970. It was formerly known as English Department and obtained its present name in 1996. With its continuous development for more than four decades, SES has become an important teaching and research institution in DUFL, one of the top foreign language universities in China, offering teaching programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and undertaking research projects at national and local levels.
SES has achieved status for its effective training of communicative skills in the past 43 years and it aims to educate students with good language proficiency, strong communicative skills, wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge, critical thinking skills, high moral standards and an international outlook. The English speciality at SES has won recognition as a key speciality with its own characteristics in China and an exemplary speciality in Liaoning Province, resulting in the English language and literature becoming a key discipline in Liaoning Province and the top department in 2012 Provincial English Speciality Evaluation. It offers undergraduate programmes, focusing on the English language, English literature, Chinese-English translation, Chinese-English interpretation, and intercultural communication with about 1500 students. In addition, it offers MA programmes on English literature, theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, translation studies, and cultural studies with about 300 postgraduates. With a solid foundation of the English language and literature speciality, SES has been authorised to run speciality of translation and interpretation since 2010.
SES has a faculty of 14 professors, 24 associate professors, 17 lecturers and a number of foreign experts, one of the strongest teams in China. Among the staff members are honour holders of a number of awards like the National Teaching Award, Provincial Teaching Award, Model Teacher of Liaoning Province, Excellent Teacher of Liaoning Province, Excellent Researcher of Liaoning Province, Excellent Expert of Dalian, Model Worker of Dalian, Excellent Teacher of Dalian, and Leading Researcher of Dalian. Most of the department’s staff members have overseas academic experience. The faculty has developed four courses which have won the title of “Quality Core Courses of Liaoning Province". The faculty has published dozens of monographs, more than 100 course books and translated works, and over 300 articles in academic journals.
SES students stand out among English majors of nearly 1000 English departments in Chinese tertiary institutions. It ranks among the best in national examinations for English majors. Its students have excelled in a number of national and regional English contests such as the CCTV Cup National English Speech Contest, the national English Debate Contest, Interpretation Contest across the Taiwan Straits, Han Suyin National Translation Contest, the 21st Century National English Speech Contest, and the 21st century National English Writing Contest. They have also provided excellent services for important events such as the Paralympics in Beijing in 2008, the Davos Conference, and the Dalian International Fashion Festival.
SES is strengthening its international exchanges by establishing joint programmes with higher institutions in the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The exchange follows the 2+2, 2+1+1, 3+2, 3+1+1, and 3+2+1 models at the undergraduate level and the 1+1+1 and 1+2 models at postgraduate level. There are also visiting scholar programmes with partner institutions.
The excellence of graduates also makes SES one of the most esteemed institutions in China. Graduates from SES are favoured at such institutions as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Commerce, national organisations, tertiary institutions, and international corporations. Over the past four decades, more than seven thousand students have finished their studies at SES, making vital contributions to the development of the country and understanding between nations of the world.