• Research Fields:
    Applied Linguistics and English Education, bilingual education, and ELT material development
  • Research Fields:
    Applied Linguistics, English Language Education, Language Policy and Planning

About SFL

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 offers an array of excellent undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The School offers Ph.D. degree programs and 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 & Interpretation. In 2013, SFL was approved by China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) to offer the first dual master’s degree program in partnership with overseas universities. In 2021, it was selected as a national demonstration site for the First-Class Undergraduate Training Program. 

School Structure

SFL is comprised of five departments and four teaching & learning centres: 

1)Department of English

2)Department of Japanese 

3)Department of European Languages and Literature

4)Department of College Foreign Languages

5)Department of English Teaching for Graduates of Non-English Majors

6)Centre for MTI (Master of Translation and Interpreting) Education

7)Centre for Language Testing and Teaching Assessment

8)Centre for Extracurricular Activities Management

9)Centre for Foreign Language Learning

Alongside the Department and Centres above, SFL boasts one MOE training base for globally competitive talent, one national-level pilot site for College Foreign Language Teaching Reform, and one provincial-level research institute, namely, the Research Centre for Asian Pacific Language Policies and 9 college-level research institutes, which provides 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.

Faculty overview

Our school has 114 full-time research and teaching staff. Highly motivated and committed to teaching and research, our faculty members have won multiple awards and honors, with 1 winning the National Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2 receiving the special government allowances of the State Council, 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, and 3 selected for the Outstanding Young Teachers 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 our faculty have overseas study experience as visiting scholars, participants of exchange programs or postgraduate students.

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.

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