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School of Foreign Languages

School of Foreign Languages

Founded in 1979, SFL today boasts a contingent of high-caliber faculty known for their innovative teaching and award-winning research. Its 80 plus professors and associate professors work in English, Japanese, German, French, Translation Departments and College English Divisions. The dedicated and talented faculty are actively engaged in a wide array of research fields including theoretical and applied linguistics, English literature, translation studies, to name but a few. Their works appear in distinguished international journals as well as in books published by leading academic presses. SLF seeks to achieve the highest standards of teaching and learning in both sciences and humanities with an emphasis on critical and creative thinking, to serve the needs of the society by enhancing its intellectual life and contributing to the development of the nation. Apart from offering degree programs (BA, MA, PhD) in languages and translation, SFL is also responsible for designing and delivering a broad and diverse range of language-related courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students across the University. Following SJTU’s time-honored tradition of intellectual excellence and critical enquiry, SFL is committed to providing a learning experience of the highest quality for its students who are taught and guided by inspiring academics, making its graduates highly sought after by employers in various sectors.

  • English Department

    The English department offers a four-year BA program in English which in the first two years focuses on advanced English Education and from the third year onward specializes in Finance and Business or Linguistics. It also offers MA and PhD programs in Applied Linguistics and English Literature. Featuring intellectual excellence, the curricula empower students with creativity, critical thinking and international vision, and prepare them the way for future leaders in business, academia and government. Of the 21 faculty members, there are 7 professors, 9 associate professors and 5 lecturers, among whom 17 members have gained a doctoral degree. Their cutting-edge research centers around language and cognition, applied linguistics, translation studies, English literature, and narratology.

  • Department of Translation and Interpreting (MTI)

    The Department was launched in 2016 with an aim to provide its students with professionally relevant and practically oriented education. In addition to rigorous training in translation skills, students in the program will foster intercultural communicative competence, building strength in critical and analytical thinking, research capacity and problem-solving strategies. The main philosophy of MTI is rooted in the understanding that teaching needs to be informed by research and practice alike. Therefore translation practice is at the heart of MTI program. The applied nature of the Department’s research is reflected in the content, as well as in the teaching approach.

  • Japanese Department

    The Japanese Department offers a BA degree program and a MA degree program in Japanese Language and Literature. Students are also encouraged to minor in other undergraduate programs available at SJTU. There are 12 full time faulty, 1 professor, 7 associate professors and 4 lecturers. Their main fields of academic research include Japanese Linguistics, comparative studies of Chinese and Japanese, Japanese Literature, Chinese and Japanese Comparative Literature, Japanese Pedagogy, and Translation of Literary works in Japanese. The Department aims to develop students into socially and economically adaptable, healthy, versatile and patriotic foreign language talents featured by open mindedness and innovative spirit.

  • German Department

    The German Department offers the BA and MA degree program in German. Undergraduates in the program can choose a minor in other areas of study to their liking. There are 8 full time faulty members, 2 professors, 2 associate professors, and 4 lecturer, including one Alexander von Humboldt Fund recipient. The main research fields are German Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, German Literature, Translation Theory, Comparative Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, German Economy & Business Management, and Pedagogy. The Department is actively involved in a number of joint programs with German universities to facilitate and encourage academic exchanges at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

  • French Division

    The French Division of the FLS currently comprises 6 faculty members, 1 of whom is a full professor of French. The faculty was involved in the formulation and revision of College French Curriculum and College French Requirements issued by the Ministry of Education. In recent years, the faculties in the French Division finished one research project supported by the Ministry of Education. They also published 1 monograph and 3 articles, and compiled 3 textbooks.

  • Department of College English for Undergraduate Students

    This department is in charge of the English teaching and research to non-English major undergraduates and part of the core courses of general education in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. There are 50 full-time faulty members: 4 professors, 22 associate professors, and 24 lecturers. The areas of specialization of the teaching staff include computer-assisted translation, translation of Chinese classics, translation didactics, second language acquisition, corpus linguistics and Web-based and multimedia language teaching.

  • Department of College English for Graduate Students

    This Department offers comprehensive English courses to graduate students at SJTU, and also a variety of selective courses and lectures to students at advanced levels. The Department has 15 faculty members, 1 professor, 9 associate professors and 5 lecturers. Their research interests cover a wide range of fields, including English Teaching Methodology, ESL Acquisition, Syllabus design, Language Testing, Presentation Skills and English Writing, British and American Literature and Cultural study, Online Learning and Learning Autonomy, Cognitive Linguistics, Systemic Functional Linguistics, and Discourse Analysis, Phonetics/Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Translation Theories and Practice, Corpus Linguistic, East-West scientific interaction, etc.