College English Department of Zhou Youguang School of Languages and Cultures, founded in 1996, is mainly responsible for the English teaching of non-English majors, graduate students and international students. It consists of 32 full-time teachers, including 10 associate professors and 22 lecturers. It is a young and dynamic teaching team with about 71.88% aged under 40 and more than 90% have been to famous foreign universities and colleges for further learning and studies. In recent years, our teachers have undertaken and completed 26 research projects, granted by different levels of authority. Among them, 3 are of ministerial and provincial levels. We have also compiled 3 textbooks and published 54 papers in various journals.
Since 2009, our department has carried out a series of college English teaching reforms, such as needs-oriented grading and classification teaching of college English, Internet-based blended teaching mode, while exploring actively new teaching methods to improve students’ language proficiency. With continuous efforts, the CET-4 pass rate remains stable at over 80%. The course “College English” has become Key Course of our university and Excellent Course in Jiangsu Province. Meanwhile, to enrich students' extracurricular activities and enhance students’ interest in learning English, many teachers have instructed students to participate in national and provincial English skills competition and excellent achievements are obtained.