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Welcome to Department and Graduate Institute of English Language & Literature

English

Course Structure

The courses can be divided into four categories:

(1) Language Training: To build up students' listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English.

(2) Literature: To increase students' knowledge of English & American literature and broaden their international vision, in hopes of nurturing their cultural sensitivity in the humanities.

(3) Linguistics: To introduce students to the structure, meaning and function of the English language.

(4) Applied English: To improve spoken and written communication skills as a foundation for pursuing secondary professional skills, so as to meet the demands of career development and diversity in the present social milieu.

The Language Training courses include four years of English Lab and three years of English Composition. The English Lab courses begin with basic daily conversations, gradually move on to more complicated skills such as description, oral presentation, debate, and finally lead toward advanced skills such as academic communication and critical discussion of social issues. The English Composition courses start with grammar and sentence structure and then provide guided training on paragraph writing, leading toward organizational and rhetorical composition. The courses also incorporate test materials from GEPT or TOEFL and emphasize writing in different genres.

The Literature courses include required survey courses such as Introduction to Western literature, English literature, American literature, and European literatures, and elective courses like drama, fiction, English poetry, prose, Bible as literature, children's literature, comparative literature, and literary criticism. Through analysis, discussion, and criticism of literary works, the courses are designed to help students develop independent thinking, increase their understanding of Anglo-American literature and culture, nurture their cultural sensitivity in the humanities, and broaden their minds and vision. We hope to help students develop good understanding and problem-solving sills, capable of adapting to social changes in life and career.

The Linguistics courses include phonetics, introduction to linguistics, pronunciation, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and others. These courses aim at introducing a basic knowledge of English phonetics (e.g. the pronunciation, description, classification, variations, and phonological features of the English language), exploring the relationship between language and society (e.g. multilingual society, language and gender, language contact, and functions of language in different ethnic groups or societies), increasing students' understanding of the basic issues in psycholinguistics (such as language acquisition, production, comprehension, language and the brain, and so forth), and discussing research methods and the fundamental spirit of linguistics.

The Applied English courses consist of foreign language acquisition theories, cultural studies and foreign language learning, English teaching methodology, macrostrategies for English teaching, computer-assisted teaching, translation, practical English, business English, speech and debate, journalistic English, and Chinese-English interpretation. One part of the courses introduces students to the main issues in second-language acquisition and the importance of culture and society to language learning, helps them understand the principles, methods, and guidelines of English teaching, and explores the applications of computing technology in language teaching. The other part of the courses is designed to equip students with basic skills in practical writing, translation, business writing, communication, journalistic English, and Chinese-English interpretation.