Introduction and Program Characteristics
The Department of English and Applied Communication focuses on literature and language courses. English is taught in small classes in order to increase interaction between teachers and students. English has been the language of instruction in a majority of the classes since 1997. With an equal emphasis on theory and practice, the curriculum includes English and American literature, linguistics, TESOL, ESP, and translation. In addition, the English Department is cooperating with the Shih Hsin Radio Station in the production of an on-campus program, E-Radio.
The Department of English and Applied Communication has many strengths. An annual English writing contest is open to all Shih Hsin students. Award-winning compositions are posted online and in the English Department’s exhibition space. An English translation class, called Translation Dragon, designed to train prospective interpreters and translators, has been offered every summer since 2010 to SHU students. A student-led dramatic production is staged annually in the Shih Hsin University auditorium as part of the English majors’ graduation presentation.
With their English proficiency skills, work experience, and cooperative projects, students are well prepared for employment. Students have the chance of obtaining an internship with a junior high school, language school, or a trading company. Internships, not only in Taiwan but also in other countries, can help students prepare for the job market. To enhance their knowledge, English skills, and competitiveness, students are encouraged to develop their professional knowledge in related fields by taking classes in other departments.
In response to the pressing demand for international communication, global and local, the English Department provides students with many English-training internships which will sharpen their language skills and cultivate their humanistic qualities. In addition, students need to master both literature and language skills because the former is the foundation of humanistic cognition and the latter is the pragmatic application of language ability. English majors have a wide range of employment opportunities with corporations, government agencies, schools, healthcare facilities, NGOs, and in the Cultural and Creative industry. While more English majors secure employment in transportation and tourism than other fields, for their broad-based training allows them to work in almost every sector of the economy.