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About SAFL

The School of Applied Foreign Languages

                         Brief Introduction



Founding Purpose:                 The Department Of Applied Foreign Languages aims at


                                                cultivating professional English and Japanese talent, for


                                                application in foreign language education, health care,


                                                business, translation, and other related fields.



Departmental Evolution:       1. The department was founded in August, 2003,


                                                originally named "The Department Of Applied


                                                Languages". The student recruitment for each year was


                                                fifty. Students were not separated into tracks while


                                                freshmen, but from the sophomore year were on


                                                separated into English and Japanese tracks.


                                            2. In August, 2006, the department name was changed


                                                to "The Department Of Applied Foreign Languages".


                                                This name has been in use to the present.


                                            3. In September, 2010, the department instituted a


                                                night school bachelor's program, with 41 students


                                                recruited per class-year attending classes in the evenings


                                                from Monday through Friday. The nature is as an


                                                evening English track program.


                                            4. Starting August, 2013, the daytime undergraduate


                                                tracks has been merged together, with a recruitment


                                                of 50 students.



Educational Goals:                 The department's educational goals contain the


                                                following four items.


                                            1. To raise students' foreign language proficiency, so


                                                as to be able to fluently apply foreign languages in


                                                listening, speaking, reading, writing, and translating.    


                                            2. To condition students' bodies and minds, so as to be


                                                able to fully bring latent potential into play, and benefit


                                                national society.


                                            3. To expand students' international field of vision, so as


                                                to be able to accommodate the trend to globalization


                                                and adapt to transnational environments.


                                            4. To meet students' requirements regarding further


                                                studies and employment.  



Separate Tracks:                     Starting with the incoming class of the 2013-14


                                                academic year, this department does not have separate


                                                tracks. Each year, 50 students are recruited.



Focuses & Directions:            The department is an applied foreign language


                                                department. Of the applied foreign languages, English


                                                and Japanese are the main ones. The various focuses


                                                and direction include:


                                            1. A foundation in English and Japanese language


                                                teaching and learning: training students to become


                                                teachers of elementary English and Japanese.


                                            2. Translating general English and Japanese: training


                                                students to become oral and written translators of


                                                general English and Japanese.


                                            3. Practical application of professional English and


                                                Japanese: training students to become personnel in


                                                various professions that require specialized English and


                                                Japanese, especially health care fields.



Cultivating Proficiencies:       1. Foreign language proficiency in listening, speaking,


                                                reading, and writing.


                                           2. Foreign language oral and written translation




                                           3. Foreign language education proficiency.


                                           4. An appreciation of literature.


                                           5. Language research ability.


                                           6. Successful employability.



Primary Special Characteristics:     1. Both English and Japanese: Both English and


                                                        Japanese are jointly required for the department's




                                                    2. Student-Teacher: The entire number of students


                                                        in the department has reached more than 200.


                                                        There are 12 full-time teachers.


                                                    3. Encouraging students to develop second


                                                        specialties: To aid students in finding future 

                                                        employment, the department's students are required


                                                        to complete inter-disciplinary programs, ??? This


                                                        can help students inter into related professions.


                                                    4. Foreign Exchanges: The school has a number of


                                                        American and Japanese sister schools, providing


                                                        foreign exchange opportunities for students.