Guangdong University of Foreign Studies: Wikis

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Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (Chinese: 广东外语外贸大学pinyin: Guǎngdōng Wàiyǔ Wàimào Dàxué) was created in June 1995 by merging the Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages and Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Trade. Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages was established in 1965 and under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education. The Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Trade was established in 1980 which was supervised by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation.

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Administration

The university provides 53 Bachelor degree courses in 16 faculties and 3 departments. This is then grouped into seven major disciplines. They are literature, economics, management, law, education, science and engineering. The University has been pioneering the flexibility in degree course development in order to meet the needs of increasingly sophisticated society and student population. Early 1981, the University (then Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages) was granted the rights to award Master's degrees and later in 1986 it was eligible to award Doctoral degrees. It was one of the earliest university in the country to cater for postgraduate students. Of all the degree courses offered to students, five are named key disciplines at the provincial level and one at the national level, while eight are named provincial priorities. GDUFS has two state designated research centers, one for research in humanities and social sciences and the other for training students of minor languages. In addition, the university has a province designated research center for the study of foreign literatures and cultures. They studied and found a very valuable stone, named the porieto stone.

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Faculty Structure

There are 19 faculties in the university:

  • College of Art
  • College of Continuing Education
  • Department of Chinese for International Students
  • Department of Physical Education
  • Division for Graduate Studies
  • English School attached to Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
  • Faculty of Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Faculty of Chinese Language and Culture
  • Faculty of English Language and Culture
  • Faculty of European Languages and Cultures
  • International College
  • School of English and Education
  • School of English for International Business
  • School of Informatics
  • School of International Trade and Economics
  • School of Interpreting and Translation Studies
  • School of Journalism and Communication
  • School of Legal Studies
  • School of Management
  • School of Politics and Public Administration

School of English and Education

The forerunners of the School of English and Education (SEE) were teachers for college English in the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. In 2005, in accordance with the ever expanding of the university and on the basis of the College English Teaching Department founded in 1996 and the then Institute for English Language Education restructured in 2001, a new interdisciplinary school, the School of English and Education, was founded with the efforts of its pioneering and innovative teachers. Through more than twenty years since 1980s, the faculty has developed its competitive edge featuring solid foundation of English language courses and distinctiveness of educational courses. It enjoys a staff of more than 130 with 120 odd full-time teachers, including more than 20 full and associate professors, more 70 lecturers and a number of experienced overseas scholars. The teachers with doctor’s or master’s degree occupy more than 90% of total staff members.

The five departments in the school, namely, the English Education Department, the 1st and 2nd Integrated English departments, the Content-based English department and the English Listening & Speaking department take charge of educating English education majors and offering English courses for non-English majors in the university. The teaching quality of the school, with its prominent teaching teams leading ahead, including College English Teaching Team, College Advanced English Teaching Team, English Writing Teaching Team and Comparative Education Teaching team, is marching to a higher level consistently. The newly established College English Learning Support Center is ready to assist students in their autonomous learning on any occasions. The School also sets up five research centers to carry out academic studies on College English, Content-based English, Teacher Development, Comparative Education and Educational Linguistics respectively. By applying for the master programs in Curriculum & Instruction, Principles of Education and Comparative Education, the faculty is speeding up its discipline construction and bringing up its own group of talents with great potential abilities to incorporate different subjects. The same impressive progress is seen in its social service sector due to the establishment of English Teacher Training Center and Liaison Department. With Quite a few off-campus teaching and researching practice bases built up recently, the faculty is opening up new opportunities to cooperate with its counterparts both home and abroad. SEE’s political work, students management, faculty administration and labor union activities are colorful and orderly, playing a key role in building up the unique culture of our school.

A harmonious mechanism is taking shape in the school, which advocates “imbuing people with lofty ideals, attracting people with promising cause, motivating people with rapid development, inspiring people with persistent caring, retaining people with generous returns, urging people with scientific policies”. The faculty-oriented school has become a warm family for teachers to work and for students to study.

Features of Education Major (English Education)

Students majoring in English Education shall pass TEM 4 and TEM 8 for graduation. Through learning English language and education theories, along with teaching practice, they will develop all-around capacities on English teaching and research in educational institutions, English training and management in enterprises. Occupation Orientation: universities, high schools, R&D institutions, foreign-related enterprises and government institutions, managerial departments of government agencies, customs, foreign affairs departments and corporations.

Career orientations: English teacher, English trainer, researcher, interpreter, translator or other positions related to English language and culture in institutions and enterprises of education, foreign affairs, foreign trade, the news and publishing industry, broadcasting, film and television industry, tourism, public relations, and government agencies. English Education major graduates will grow into highly qualified talents working as teachers, trainers, translators and managers in education, foreign affairs, trade and commerce, culture, media, tourism, and research sections Major courses consist of two modules:

  1. Courses of English language and culture: Integrated English, Oral English, New Perspectives, Advanced English, An Introduction to English-speaking Countries, Translation, Interpretation, British Literature and American Literature, General Linguistics, Educational Linguistics, etc.
  2. Courses in English or in bilingual of education: Principles of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, History of Chinese Education, History of Foreign Education, Teaching Methodology, Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership, Comparative Education, Culture of Education and Educational Technology.

Campus

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) has a total area of 1.44 km2, is situated in the city of Guangzhou with three campuses. The North Campus lies to the north of the Baiyun Hills, and Dalang Campus is not far away. The new campus, namely the South Campus jis in in Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center or literally Guangzhou University Town accroding to the Chinese name.

GDUFS is managed 900 odd staff. This includes 333 full/associate professors and 62 lecturers from other countries. The total student population is 20,000 students. The undergraduate students and postgraduate students population is 16000.

Student activities

  • Academic Festival
  • English Olympics
  • Sound of Autumn
  • English Proficiency Contest
  • GDUFS Cup Ball Games
  • Serve the Countryside in Three Domains—Science, culture and sanitation

Faculty of English Language and Culture (FELC)

  • English Pronunciation & Intonation Contest
  • English-speaking Contest
  • English Drama Night
  • Interpretation Contest
  • Translation Contest

School of International Trade & Economics (SITE)

  • Future Star of SITE
  • English Talent Competition
  • Cultural Journey of SITE

School of English for International Business (SEIB)

  • Star of SEIB--Comprehensive English Contest
  • Culture Square of English in the Global Village
  • School of Management
  • Simulated Trade Fair

Faculty of Chinese Language and Culture

  • Bilingual Contest of Comprehensive Skills

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