School of Foreign Languages (hereafter referred to as SFL) was established in the year 2013 on the basis of the original Department of Foreign Languages founded in the year 1999. Currently, it has three undergraduate majors, namely English, Korean, and Chinese International Education. Of these majors, Korean is the feature specialty, the only and sole undergraduate one among regular universities and colleges in Henan Province. “English-Chinese Translation” course is entitled “Excellent Resource Sharing Course in Henan Province” and “College Chinese” group “Henan Excellent Teaching group”.
Currently, SFL encompasses the following teaching units: English Department, Korean Department, Chinese International Education Department, College English Teaching Department and Center of Languages. It has such research centers as “Sino-Korean Culture Research Institution”, “Translation Research Center”, “Shakespeare Research Center” and “Linguistics Research Center”. It is also the supporting unit of “Henan Chanting Association”, the first national one. SFL has been entitled the authority of granting master’s degree in a second discipline of International Business English and MTI.
SFL has a teaching staff of 93, including 80 full time teachers. Among these teachers, 31 are professors and associate professors, and 20 have doctoral degree. 39 of them have overseas education background such as going abroad for further study, visiting or teaching Chinese as a foreign language. Quite a few of them were awarded the titles of “National Excellent Teacher”, “Youth Backbone Teachers in Colleges and Universities of Henan Province”, “Academic Leaders Sponsored by Department of Education of Henan Province”, “Teaching Model of Henan Province”, etc. SFL has well-equipped facilities, including 19 language laboratories and one sophisticated simultaneous interpretation laboratory, with a total seating capacity of 1,420. With a possession of more than 16,875 books and 72 Chinese and foreign journals, SFL’s subordinate reference materials room provides a comfortable and convenient environment for study and research.
College English Teaching Department undertakes the task of college English teaching of ZZULI at all levels. College English was entitled “Excellent Course in Henan Province” in 1998 and “Excellent Course in ZZULI” in 2007. In previous CET-4 and English Contests, participants from ZZULI achieved good results.
SFL attaches importance to foreign academic exchange, actively sending young backbone teachers abroad for further study, short-term study or the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language. 18 teachers have ever been sponsored by National Scholarship Program to study in Britain, USA, Ireland, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Japan, etc, and one teacher has been a Chinese teacher in USA. Another 10 teachers were sent to USA for short-term study. In the meantime, some recommended students go to Korea, USA, etc. to study or carry out practice every year.
SFL has an enrollment of 588 and all of them have brilliant performance in study. The pass percentages of TEM-4 and TEM-8 of English majors, Intermediate Korean and Advanced Korean of the Korean majors and CET-4 of Chinese International Education majors are all higher than the average level of those peer universities and colleges. The graduates are popular with employing units owing to their solid basic knowledge, excellent comprehensive quality, and high practice ability. Therefore, the employment quality and rate in SFL rank top in ZZULI.
SFL attaches great importance to scientific research, organizing the application and demonstration of projects on various levels and of various kinds, National Social Science Fund Project in particular. Special attachment is given to the cultivation of scientific research capacity of young teachers. In recent years, improvement has been made in quality and quantity of scientific research projects, works and papers. In the past five years, it has published over 220 academic papers, over 30 textbooks and works. It has completed 2 National Social Science Fund Projects and 32 projects at provincial or ministry level. It has also acquired 3 outstanding achievement awards of philosophy and social sciences of Henan Province.
In the period from 2016 to 2020, SFL, with the cultivation of talents as its core and teaching as its main task, aims to strengthen the disciplinary construction and overall reform of teaching and improve the schooling quality so as to build it into a school with harmonious atmosphere, distinctive features and comprehensive strength.