歷史沿革 History of the Department
In order to promote Taiwan’s status in the global arena, it has become increasingly important for Taiwan’s universities to cultivate professionals who are able to employ English as an international language to communicate with people all over the world in the past few decades. In accordance with this need, the Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) at Fooyin University was established with a 5-year junior-college program in 1995. It was expanded with two-year and four-year college programs to respond to the new development of Fooyin University in 2002. Although the four-year program was briefly discontinued in favor of the two-year program for junior college graduates in 2006, it was reinstated due to its popular demand in 2008. In spite of the increasing low-birth rates in Taiwan, the number of classes in the junior-college program has still grown and is well maintained at present.
現況描述 Description of the Departmen
The DFL is now one of three departments at Fooyin University in which both a junior-college program and a college program are offered to students each year. With 11 classes in two programs, the total of students who are enrolled this year is 415. The faculty consists of 14 full-time teachers, including two foreign teachers. The full-time faculty consists of seven members with doctoral degrees and seven with master’s degrees. In addition, there are 7 part-time teachers in the department.
教育目標 Educational Objectives of the Department
In accordance with the overall goals set by Fooyin University, the educational objectives of the DFL based on the continuous learning of foreign languages are to develop professionals who can have wide visions and competently apply English and other foreign languages as a tool in diverse careers. The differences in the educational objectives of both the junior-college program and the college program are described as follows:
1. The Junior-College Program:
(1) To develop professionals with basic knowledge and abilities in English for general purposes (EGP)
(2) To develop professionals with basic knowledge and abilities in English for specific purposes (ESP)
(3) To develop professionals with basic knowledge and skills in various fields, such as business marketing, cultural industries, aviation and international medical administration.
2. The College Program:
(1) To develop professionals with advanced knowledge and abilities in English for general purposes (EGP)
(2) To develop professionals with advanced knowledge and abilities in English for specific purposes (ESP)
(3) To develop professionals with wider knowledge and skills in fields such as business marketing, cultural industries, aviation and international medical administration.
Basic Virtues and Essential Abilities
In order to promote students’ competitiveness and international mobility, the DFL aims to cultivate both the junior-college and college students the following basic temperaments and essential abilities:
Basic virtues: These virtues refer to ethical thinking, social caring, international visions, cross-cultural strategies and thinking as well as a sense of art appreciation.
Essential abilities: These abilities involve professional knowledge, communication and negotiation skills, cooperation skills, multi-learning skills, international manners as well as self-exploration skills.
Prospects for the Future
Looking ahead, the DFL will strive to keep cultivating English professionals who are in touch with global trends and able to actively apply their knowledge and skills in their careers. It is expected to continue its growth into an increasingly high-quality department, which helps students to efficiently secure good employment.