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A Brief Introduction

College ofForeign Languages and Literature (CFLL), one of the largest teaching and research units in Northwest Normal University (NWNU), inherits a long history. In 1939, the National Beiping Normal Universityoriginally located in today’s Beijing, was moved westward to Chenggu, Shannxi and was renamed Northwest Normal College with its English Department set up in the same year. In 1941,NorthwestNormalCollegewas moved, for a second time, toLanzhou,Gansu. In 1950, the English

Department was revoked and replaced by the Russian Teaching and Research Group. Eight years laterin 1958, the English-major undergraduate program was resumed, and the department was renamed as Foreign Language Department. In 1990, the department was re-organized into two independent divisions: Foreign Language Department and Non-English-Majors’ English Teaching Department. In December 1999, NWNU implemented an organizational reform, during which these two departments were merged into what is now CFLL.

The staff number of CFLL has amounted to 165, of whom 147 are professional teachersincluding 9 professors, 34 associate professors and 84 lecturers. There are 1 doctor supervisor and 33 master supervisors in the college. 9 teachers have received their doctoral degrees and 11 are working on it. One staff is a member of the English Major Teaching Guiding Subcommittee, which is part of College Foreign Language Teaching Guiding Committee of Institutions of Higher Learning, under the Ministry of Education. Besides, 1 teacher is an expert of the National Translation and Interpretation Cooperation Group, and 1 is selected as New Century’s Excellent Talent of the Ministry of Education. 2 are members of the 555 Project of Pioneering Talents ofGansuProvince. And 4 are renowned as the Leading Talents of Gansu Province. In addition, 5 teachers have been awarded the title of Young Accomplished Teachers of Gansu Province, 1 has the title of provincial-level Prominent Teacher and 6 that of university-level.

The College has 4 major-based departments, namely the English, Russian, Japanese, and Translation Department plus the Department of Non-major-based Foreign Language Teaching. These departments cover six languages --- English, Russian, Japanese, French, German and Arabic. Other teaching and scientific research institutes include the Foreign Language Institute, the Foreign Literature Institute, the Translation Institute, the English Teaching Didactics Institute, the Semiotics Research Center , the Russian-speaking Countries’ Cultures and Education Research Centerthe Japanese Culture Research Center, the Foreign Language Teaching Research Center for Northwest Elementary and National Education, the Foreign Language Training Center, the Foreign Language Teaching Technique Center and the Demonstration Center of Language Experimental Teaching in Gansu Province. In addition, the college is now the director unit of the College English Teaching Guiding Committee of Universities and Colleges of Gansu Province, the chief member of Gansu Translator and Interpreter’s Association as well as the director-general unit of FLTS (Foreign Language Teaching in Schools) Professional Committee of Gansu Educational Institute.

CFLL has been approved to confer Master Degrees of English Language and Literature since 1993 and Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics since 2003 as a secondary discipline. The master's programs consist of such research orientations as Linguistics, Anglo-American Literature, Translation, Applied Linguistics, Cross-cultural Communication, Russian Linguistics and so on. In addition, it has the postgraduate disciplines of English Language Didactics, Russian Didactics and the Master of Education (English Teaching). Moreover, the program of English Language Teaching Theory is a doctoral level. The college has obtained the permission to confer Master Degrees of English Language and Literature as a first-level discipline and initiated MTI program (Master of Translation and Interpreting) since 2010. The program of English Language and Literature in CFLL is a key discipline ofGansuProvince. The Major of English was honored one of the first Three National Majors of English with Special Characteristics by the Ministry of Education in 2007. In the General Undergraduate Teaching Quality Assessment carried out by the Ministry of Education in 2008, our college achieved the result as “Excellent”.

Over the last three years, the teachers of our college have been undertaking 112 research projects, published 47 books, textbooks and translation books, 185 scientific theses, and 158 theses on teaching research. These achievements have won the staff 45 awards of different types. So far our college has constructed 4 provincial-level Quality Courses, 8 university-level Quality Courses and 3 university-level Key Courses. Furthermore, it has received 4 provincial-level Teaching Achievement Awards and 8 university-level Teaching Achievement Awards. We also have 1 university -level teaching group and 1 provincial-level teaching group.

At present, the number of the full-time undergraduates in our college is 1104, 293 full-time postgraduates working on academic programs, and 140 master students working on education degree. The college makes every effort to improve the quality of teaching and research through rigorous professional training and all-round quality-oriented education, so that the students have a good mastery of foreign languages and possess adequate skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating. Some students worked as interpreters in the Economy and Trade Fair of Lanzhou and the New Euro-Asian Continental Bridge Economic and Trade Conference. Five students worked as volunteer interpreters in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. Three students were honored Excellent Volunteers for their wholehearted volunteer service in 2010 Shanghai World Expo. In the past three years, our students have achieved good results in various foreign language contests. One of our contestants got the Second Prize in the FLTRP Cup National English Speech Contest and 4 won Prizes of Excellence in the CCTV Cup final of National English Speech Contest. Three participated in the Asian English Debating Competition held inMalaysia,South KoreaandSingapore. In the 12th FLTRP Cup National Debating Competition, two contestants won Second Prizes and another two Superior Awards. One contestant was awarded the Third Prize in the 13th FLTRP Cup National Debating Competition and another student Superior Award in the 14th FLTRP Cup National Debating Competition.  In the National College Students’ English Contest (NECCS), two contestants received the Special Awards in professional group. One participated in the Russian National Cultural Knowledge Contest and got the Superior Award, and one got the Excellence Award in the Russian Competition. In the fifth Chinese Cup Japanese Speech Contest, one contestant won the Second Prize in the competition of the five northwestern provinces. In the 2010 CTPC Cup National Interpreting Contest, two contestants won the First Prize in the provincial final ofGansu,Qinghai, Ningxia, and Xinjiang. The Entrepreneurial Team Translation Eden set up by 5 students from our college won the Third Prize in the 1st College Students’ Innovative Undertaking Contest of Gansu province.

In 2006, the first simultaneous interpretation laboratory ofGansuProvincewas established in CFLL for training professional interpreters. Our college has 11 language laboratories, 10 multimedia classrooms, 3 computer network classrooms, 7 self-learning classrooms, 25 micro-teaching classrooms, 3 digital recording and broadcasting classrooms, 1 satellite receiving system, and 1 FM broadcasting system. There are about 90,000 copies of books and over 100 kinds of Chinese and foreign periodicals in the college library and it shares resources with the university library. These lay a solid foundation for teaching and researching.

Over the years, our college has been following the NWNU’s fine tradition concerning teacher-training.education and ethnic group-oriented education. The college consistently aims at cultivating high-quality foreign language teachers and at connecting the rural areas ofWestern Chinawith the world in terms of culture. We have fully demonstrated the working principles of attaching equal importance to foreign language teaching in national education and basic education in the western rural areas. Our college has trained a large number of teachers who are taking important roles in colleges and primary and secondary schools. It has also supplied a great many high-quality postgraduates for its brother colleges and universities. Through the years, CFLL has made outstanding contributions to basic, ethnic, and higher education inGansuprovince and even inWestern China.