Senior Curriculum

Course Title


European Literature
Elective 3/3

This is an introductory course for senior students in the discipline of Western Literary studies and in part designed for students continuing graduate work in western literature. It will focus on analysis of representative works reflecting main currents of western literature and thought, including French neo-classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism and Contemporary thoughts and literature.

English Debate
Elective 2/2

In this course students will develop basic debate skills. You will learn basic logic skills. Also in this course you will be introduced to research skills. Students will develop the ability to communicate clearly and defend their views on various issues. 

Comparative Literature
Elective 2/2

This course aims to give students an extensive and solid knowledge of the discipline called Comparative Literature. In this course students will learn not only different schools and approaches of comparative literature, but also the development of comparative literature both in the east and the west over the past decades. It is hoped that students will be able to apply their knowledge of the research methodology of comparative literature to produce well-argued works. 

Methods of Research
Elective 2/2

This course addresses important writing issues such as research topic, proposal, planning, gathering data, plagiarism, understanding grammar, documenting sources in APA and MLA, and adopting academic writing styles; and provides practical exercises in essay writing.

Methods of Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Elective 3/3

  1. To produce a comprehensive introduction in second language acquisition and methodologies of TESL/TEFL, and in related areas in applied linguistics and L2 assessment.
  2. To focus on learner variables and practical teaching skills for teachers.
  3. To offer classroom suggestions and resources for teaching four language skills
  4. To maintain a balance between theoretical background and practical applications.
  5. To provide necessary background information, websites and relevant research for EFL.
  6. To apply various ESL methods, teaching techniques, and materials by designing, presenting, and reviewing lesson plans in class.

Practice of International Trade
Elective 3/0. 0/3

This course aims to familiarize students with understandings of international trade.

Introduction to Simultaneous Interpretation
Elective 2/2

This course involves intensive training and practicum in conference organization, oral presentation, and interpretation. It is also a course in which students display or continue to strengthen comprehensive language competency in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, glossary making, translating and interpreting.

Drama Production
Elective 2/2

This is a two-semester class devoted solely to the preparation and rehearsal for the Graduation Play; hence, students will be equipped with knowledge related to theatrical performance through this course. Although specifically for graduating seniors, the class is open to all English Majors who are interested in some aspect of performance.

Special Topics in English/American Literature: Gender and Theatre
Elective 2/2

In this course, we will look at the constructions and representations of both masculinity and femininity on the stage, and consider how they help or hinder our understanding of sexual relations in society and the individual’s sense of “self”.  We will examine the consequences of “double standards” and how changing concepts of gender impact the interpretations of the characters in the theatre. In the first semester, we read plays featuring strong female protagonists written by men. In the second semester we read plays written by women.

Business English
Elective 3/0. 0/3

This course aims to help students in business writing, in understanding import-export processes. And to help students prepare employment portfolio.

Special Topics in Chinese-English Translation: Finance and Technology
Elective 2/2

This course aims to develop students’ translation skills for economics and to expand their knowledge of the current business world. Students are expected to strengthen their ability in research and material gatherings.

Audiovisual and Humanities Translations: A Seminar
Elective 2/2

The course program consists of exercises in the subtitling process, critical analysis and evaluation of professional (good and bad) samples of subtitling (i.e. subtitled audiovisual material) regarding linguistic and technical issues, and written assignment for the audiovisual material in the campus library, supplemented by a discussion regarding the subtitling process, problematic (translation and technical) issues encountered, strategies employed to overcome them, justification of choices made, and an overall evaluation of the students’ own works. Students are expected to learn how to present the message (one or two lines), how to break the lines in the case of two-line subtitles, how to make decision on what information to include and what to leave out, and what cultural adjustments, if any, need to be made.

English Language Test Construction and Evaluation
Elective 2/2

This course will provide fundamental and practical knowledge of how language testing as a means of measurement can be used in ELT programmes in terms of achieving (as much as possible) objective, precise, and fair evaluations of different tests.     Specifically, this course presents a clear introduction to the general understanding of a good language test, the relationship between language teaching and testing, and practical knowledge of how to design and evaluate a language test. This course also discusses important issues such as types of tests, test reliability, validity, washback effect, test administration, and practical suggestions for creating and assessing each of the four-skill areas of listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

Teaching English to Children
Elective 2/2

This course is based on the foundational principles of teaching English to children by giving students additional information, practical methods, and practice in planning, teaching and evaluation. Topics which receive special attention are language proficiency, contextualized teaching, integration subjects, testing and evaluation. Students demonstrate mastery of course content by planning and teaching English lessons in simulated and real teaching situations and by reading materials, observations, and finding resources in English Language Teaching.

Research on Ecoliterature
Elective 2/0

This course will look at the literary works that consciously address the issues of human’s relationship with the natural environment. The course will combine science, literature, journalism, and sociology because we will discuss individual action and responsibility as well as social movements.

Elective 0/2

This course aims to guide students to read and understands poems and short stories in the field of ecoliterature and to enable them to explore the relationship between eco-feminism and men as well as the position of human beings in nature.

Advanced Workplace English
Elective 2/2

This course is for English-majors to study workplace English; meanwhile providing informationa for those interested in in-service training and post-graduate studies abroad. The course content covers a variety of topics, such as job-hunting, office communication, business meetings, marketing strategy, in-service training, etc. The focus is on language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the workplace. This course is aimed at helping students to be able to use English more fluently and effectively so as to pave the way for students in the future competition in the workplace and future studies.

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