The Purpose of Establishment
The cradle of bilingual workplace elites
The aim of the Department of Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics is to train and cultivate students with professional English and Japanese language skills, along with cross-cultural understanding, communication competence, independent analytic and critical thinking skills, and spirits of teamwork and professionalism. Each course is specially designed with considerations of the current social pulse and industrial development to strengthen students’ competitiveness, allowing them to be the elite in the workplace, or professionals in language teaching or academic research.
The department offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs with suitable courses planned accordingly to the students’ needs and characteristics. The programs are designed to strengthen students’ English and Japanese language skills, and also their language analytical and applicational skills, in hope that students will have the core competitiveness in language teaching, translation, interpretation, and professional language skills. for various academic or industrial occupations. The department’s features are listed below:
The courses design aims at improving students’ English and Japanese language proficiency and emphasizes practical language application training. The Whole Language concept is used in English language training by combining listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the courses. Aside from the normal courses, students are required to do extra-curricular reading by finishing 200 simple English books within two years and write 200 short essays regarding the books. On Japanese, freshmen will start from the basic Gojūon (Japanese alphabets) and later advance on that foundation. Junior and senior students are required to read 100 Japanese short essays or illustrations and write short essays.
The aim of specialized courses is to enrich students with professional linguistic quality, with courses such as fundamental linguistics, language teaching, culture, literature and so on. On language practicum, courses such as translation (including oral interpretation), language for specific purposes (LSP) (e.g.: Business English and Japanese; English for the workplace; journalistic English; tourism Japanese, etc.) are available for students to apply their knowledge and integrate with the industrial workplace.