The Department of Applied English (DAE) was founded in 1993, its Master’s Program, in 2000, and its In-Service Master's Program, in 2008. The mission of the department is to cultivate English professionals with competitiveness, excellent communication skills, and international perspectives.
The DAE’s bachelor’s degree program not only lays stress on the enhancement of students’ capacity to put English to daily use, but also empowers students with professional knowledge, professional English proficiency, and cross-cultural competence. All courses offered by the DAE are taught in English and based on two axes – the Four-Year Integrated English Curriculum and the Professional Curriculum.
| The first axis, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing courses, drills the students in public speaking and feature reporting and develops the advanced writing ability needed for feature reports.
| The second axis consists of two modules, English Business and Tourism and English Teaching & Bilingual Education, providing students with comprehensive professional training in such areas as business management, tourism, interpretation/translation, English teaching, and cross-cultural communication.
We also provide many extracurricular activities and overseas study opportunities to enhance learners’ motivation and opportunities for real-world English language use.
| Cross-cultural Communication
We emphasize cross-cultural understanding and communication. Our curriculum equips students with fluent English proficiency and the competence to cope with various cross-cultural contexts. We offer various learning opportunities to enrich students’ horizons in this globalized era. Integrating culture into students’ learning environment, we have the best authentic culture classrooms: American culture classroom and British tea culture classroom.
| English as the Instructional Medium
We offer four-year English proficiency training. Students develop their English fluency and are trained to express their viewpoints easily and to think critically. All courses are instructed in English, and we arrange small classes for developing students’ writing and speaking skills. We offer various learning support for students, such as a self-learning center and study areas. We also provide a well-organized Teaching Assistant (TA) Program for all learners.
| Professional Courses
The DAE’s bachelor’s degree program not only lays stress on the enhancement of students’ capacity to put English to daily use, but also empowers students with professional knowledge, professional English proficiency, and cross-cultural competence. The courses are based on two axes – the Four-Year Integrated English Curriculum and the Professional Curriculum.
| Professional Modules
English Business & Tourism
English Teaching & Bilingual Education
| Multi-literacy Modules
English for Specific Purposes
| Five-year B.A. & M.A. Program
Students can apply for our M.A. program in the second semester of their sophomore or junior years and then take graduate-level courses during their junior and senior years. Within five years, they are able to obtain both B.A. and M.A. degrees. We also offer a scholarship to our graduate students.
| Teacher Education Program
The university has a Teacher Education Center, and we provide a teacher-training program for prospective teachers of K7-K12 and vocational high schools. They also offer a training program for bilingual education.
| International Exchange Programs
We cooperate with many overseas universities, and we offer various kinds of exchange opportunities including short-term exchange programs and dual-degree programs. We also host the Learning Away from Home Program every year at universities around the world such as Northumbria University in the U.K., Western Sydney University in Australia, and MCU-MI & Saginaw Valley State University in the USA. We offer many theme-based lectures and workshops for our program. Participants also have the opportunity to integrate into the authentic culture and further improve their cross-cultural understanding.