School of Foreign Languages was founded in 2003 on the basis of the former Department of Foreign Languages of Taizhou Teachers’ College. Currently, it consists of Department of English Education，Department of English, Department of Business English,Department of Russianand Department of College English. It provides four undergraduate majors: English Education, English, Business English and Russian, in which the English major is listed as a key one in Zhejiang Province. Besides, it offers Japanese, German and French as second foreign languages. It boasts over 1,300 full-time students, and 92 faculty members, including 5 full professors, 26 associate professors, and 22 PhD holders.
Adhering to the motto of “Virtue, Reason, Truth and Action”, the school centers its efforts on teaching and has established the “Foreign Languages Plus” mode—inter-disciplinary and application-oriented approaches to talent training. Great importance is attached to students’ language competence, practical abilities, and innovative & entrepreneurial capabilities. The rates for its sophomores to pass TEM-4 (Test for English Majors Grade Four) and its seniors to pass TEM-8 at their first attempt are both over 30 percentage points higher than the national average ones. More than 95% of its students get employed in the year of their graduation.
The school houses two academic institutions: Institute of English Language & Culture, and Institute of Translation Studies. And Foreign Language and Literature is a key major at university level. The recent three years have witnessed more than 300 items of teaching and research achievements, including over 30 works (written, translated or compiled), more than 50 papers in authoritative or key periodicals, over 60 research projects at different levels and many research awards at provincial or university levels. It is active in providing such social services as interpretation, translation, foreign language teaching, economic & trade knowledge enhancement for various enterprises and institutions.
The school is vigorously extending international educational cooperation at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels with universities from the U.K., the U.S. and other countries, and striving to turn its students into application-oriented talents with solid professional foundations, sound practical abilities, strong innovative spirit, and broad global outlook.