外国语学院下设英语系、日语系、大学外语教学部、研究生公共外语教学部、MTI教育中心、测试中心、课外实践指导中心、外语学习中心等8个系部中心；目前拥有1个国家级大学外语教学改革示范点、1个江苏省高校国际问题研究中心、6个校级研究所 — 外国语言学与应用语言学研究所、外国文学与比较文学研究所、翻译研究所、现代教育技术研究所、美国文化与高等教育研究所、日本语言文化研究所，3个校级研究中心 — 外语教材研究开发中心、俄罗斯研究中心、海外中国史料研究中心，以及1个教授委员会,为教学与科研的互动与整合，为人才和师资队伍的培养和建设，提供了良好平台。
The School of Foreign Languages
A Survey of the School
History of SFL
Foreign language teaching at Southeast University boasts a history as long as that of the university itself. The history of the SFL can be traced back to 1902, when Sanjiang Normal College(predecessor of Southeast University) was founded and began to offer Japanese language courses. Sanjiang Normal College, one of the cradles of China's higher normal schools, officially opened in 1903 and offered up to 17 types of courses, two of which were English and Japanese. Among our best-known milestones are the founding of China’s first English Specialized Section in1907, the establishment of Foreign Language Teaching and Research Section in1983 and of Foreign Language Department in 1987. In 2006, the Department was renamed School of Foreign Languages. Through the past century, foreign language teaching and research of SFL has been supported and inspired by numerous famous scholars such as Wu Mi (Harvard educated), poet and one of the founders of Chinese comparative literature; Mei Guangdi(Harvard educated), scholar in western literature; Lou Guanglai(Harvard educated), literary translator and expert on Shakespeare and Zhang Shiyi(Columbia educated), widely-respected educator.
SFL is comprised of four departments and four teaching & learning centres:
1)Department of English
2)Department of Japanese
3)Department of College Foreign Languages
4)Department of English Teaching for Graduates of Non-English Majors
5)Centre for MTI (Master of Translation and Interpreting) Education
6)Centre for Language Testing and Teaching Assessment
7)Centre for Extracurricular Activities Management
8)Centre for Foreign Language Learning
Alongside the Department and Centres above, SFL boasts one national-level pilot site for College Foreign Language Teaching Reform, one provincial-level research institute, namely, the Research Centre for Asian Pacific Language Policies and has set up a Committee of Professors. To encourage and better coordinate research activities and teamwork, a range of college-level research institutes and centres have been established:
1)Institute of Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
2)Institute of Foreign Literature and Comparative Literature
3)Institute of Translation Studies
4)Institute of Modern Education Technology Studies
5)Institute of American Culture and Higher Education
6)Institute of Japanese Language and Culture
7)Centre for Foreign Language Textbook Research and Development
8)Centre for Russian Studies
9)Translation and Research Center for Overseas China-Related Historical Materials
These institutes and centres provide a supportive platform for integrating research and teaching, talent nurturing and staff training.
We aim at offering a high-level and well-structured educational system with B.A., M.A., MTI, and Ph.D. programs. SFL currently offers Ph.D. degree programs in Foreign Language Education and Learning Science, Foreign Literature and Arts, Asian Pacific Language Policies and Language Planning, and Translation Studies. The School offers master’s degree programs in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics of Foreign Languages, English Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, Russian Language and Literature and Translation. In 2013, SFL was approved by China’s Ministry of Education to offer the first dual master’s degree program in partnership with overseas universities. SFL offers bachelor’s degree programs in English (accredited as key B.A. program of Jiangsu Province) and Japanese. At present, SFL has nearly 600 enrolled students.
Our school has 111 full-time research and teaching staff. Motivated by the commitment to teaching and research, our faculty members have won multiple awards and honors, with 1 winning the National Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1 winning the Provincial Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1 selected for the Top-Level Talent Program 333 of Jiangsu Province, 1 selected for the Young Academic Leaders Program of Jiangsu Province, 3 selected for the Outstanding Young Teachers Program of Jiangsu Province, and 4 selected for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Talent Program of Jiangsu Province. Alongside the full-time staff, over 20 celebrated scholars and experts at home and abroad have been invited and appointed as Guest or Honorary Professors. Over 98% of the faculty have international experience either as visiting scholars or taking courses of exchange programs.
Teaching, Research and Social Service
We have been dedicated to the continuous pursuit of high-quality teaching, academic research, social service, cultural preservation and innovation, and international cooperation, five foundations for higher education. The School is committed to nurturing talents with cross-disciplinary knowledge, inter-cultural competence and international vision. In the past century, numerous SFL graduates have grown into scholars, experts, and intellectuals. To implement the national blueprints in the new century, SFL lays greater emphasis on teaching knowledge and skills in line with social demands. We are constantly striving for bridging the gap between college education and job market, by initiating cooperation programs with enterprises and industry leaders, which contributes to greater competitiveness and higher employability of our graduates. Additionally, SFL provides language courses(first foreign language and second foreign language) for non-English majors at Southeast University. Our innovation-oriented teaching modes and achievement in bilingual talent training has been widely acknowledged and awarded for teaching excellence at national and provincial level.
With a focus on the above fields, SFL is making steady progress in the research competence and social service capabilities, as seen by substantially increased research funding, increasing number of high-level research projects, a robust growth of scholarly publication and active engagement in serving the social need. At present, SFL is standing vice president of Jiangsu College Foreign Languages Teaching and Research Association, Jiangsu Translator Association, Jiangsu Scientific and Technical Translator Association and Nanjing Translator Association as well as president of China Japanese Education Association (Jiangsu Branch). The School is also the authorized test centre for national foreign language test, Japanese Language Proficiency Test, IELTS and TOEFL.
It is the time-honored teaching excellence, spirit of reform and innovation, as well as the contribution by every teacher and student of SFL that have illuminated our past journey and will light our way ahead. We believe that we can and shall work together for developing SFL into new heights as Southeast University endeavors toward a world-class university.