The predecessor of School of English and Education (SEE) was Institute of English Language Education, which came into being in May, 2001 as a result of the education reform at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. Four years later, with the admission of undergraduates of Education (English Education), Institute of English Language Education was renamed School of English and Education. The school is currently staffed with an excellent faculty of 138 members, of whom 128 were full-time teaching staff. There were 23 full and associate professors and 105 lecturers. 13 teachers have won Doctoral Degree and 14 teachers are presently pursuing one. The teachers with Doctor’s or Master’s degree occupy more than 90% of total staff members. In addition, the school hires a number of experienced foreign experts each year.
The five divisions and one department in the school, namely, the Department of English Education, Teaching Division One, Teaching Division Two, Teaching Division Three, Teaching Division Four and Graduate English Division, take charge of the teaching for English education majors and offer English courses for non-English majors at the university. The teaching quality of the school, with its prominent teaching teams leading ahead, including College English Teaching Team, College Advanced English Teaching Team, English Writing Teaching Team and Comparative Education Teaching Team, has been marching to higher level consistently. The school also sets up five research centers to carry out academic studies on College English, Content-based English, Teacher Development, Comparative Education, Elementary English Education, Education, Culture & Translation and Language & Culture.
With college English teaching as our foundation and the English and Education major as our growth point, we will adopt a global-visioned yet school-based, comprehensive yet individualized way of teaching, and continue developing our existing features, i.e., the graded teaching system, internet-based English courses, ESP instruction, English extracurricular activities and our teacher development program.
Committed to the improvement of teaching quality, the school has launched a series of undertakings including Clinical Supervision, Cooperative Teaching by Chinese and foreign teachers, compilation of School-based textbooks and Teaching Research Innovation. The efforts have yielded fruitful achievements: in March, 2011, SEE was approved by the Ministry of Education to be the State-level Demonstration Site for College English Educational Reform; in September the same year, College English Serial Courses were awarded the honor “Provincial Quality Course”; also in the same year, Ms Zeng Dan won the first prize in Guangdong College English Teaching Contest (Comprehensive English Section) and the runner-up in the national contest; a number of teachers staged remarkable performance in a succession of state-, provincial- and university-level English Teaching Planning competitions; many teachers are undertaking state-, ministry- and province-funded research projects. Besides, Liu Zheng, one of our many excellent students, was the first prize winner in Guangdong CCTV College Student English Speaking Contest in 2008 (Guangdong Contest Area); Ling Man, another student was enrolled by world-renown Oxford University for post-graduate study; the graduate students of the school ranked the top in MyCOS’ GDUFS Employment Competitiveness Table.
The school has been awarded by the university a series of honorary titles, including “Advanced Unit”, “Advanced Unit in Striving for Excellence and Preparing for Evaluation”, “Advanced Community-Level Party Organization”, “Advanced Unit in Basic Consolidating” and “Advanced Unit in the Work of Labor Union”. The Labor Union of the school was selected by the Provincial Labor Union as “Advanced Teachers’ Family”.
An ethic featuring “unity, cooperation, progress, reform and innovation” is taking shape in the school which is marching on the course of profound and grand reform.