Introduction

Founded in 2020, the SZTU School of Foreign Languages (SFL) comprises four divisions, namely the Department of English, the Department of German, the Foreign Language Teaching Center, and the Writing Center. At present, SFL offers two undergraduate programs: Business English and German. Through nurturing versatile talents who can “master many skills while specializing in one”, SFL is committed to the cultivation of application-oriented foreign language professionals with both global vision and humanistic sensibilities, as well as the spirit of innovation and hard work. The school adopts a fresh mode of teaching practice that is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, which enables students to acquire interdisciplinary knowledge, the potential as an interdisciplinary researcher, and the ability of innovative thinking while mastering solid knowledge of foreign languages. The main research fields of our faculty members include English Linguistics, English Literature, German Language Pedagogy, German Literature, German Culture, Translation Studies, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, and Cross-cultural Studies, etc. Based on the existing programs of Business English and German, SFL will gradually set up, within the next five years, undergraduate programs of English, Translation Studies, English-German Bilingual, Japanese, and so on. Meanwhile, SFL will carry out studies in the areas of Business English, Applied Linguistics, British and American Literature, Translation Studies, Cross-cultural Studies, Country-specific Studies, etc., in accordance with its faculty members’ academic background and research groundings. Moreover, the school will also set up Sino-foreign cooperative education programs and postgraduate-level programs for Business English, British and American Literature, Translation Studies, Applied Linguistics, and so on, aiming at the more in-depth and full-range disciplinary development and academic research.