Established in 1997, the Department of English teaches English language and literature. With an equal emphasis on theory and practice, the program provides a solid foundation of applied language classes, before giving students a selection of language and literature electives in areas such as translation, linguistics, TESOL, and business English. The program is characterized by intensive training in English listening, speaking, reading, writing, and translation, all of which nurture English-proficient professionals adept in English literature, culture, and language application. Furthermore, the department has a collaborative newswriting and editing course with the College of Journalism and Communications. Many students minor in journalism, graphic communication and digital publishing, advertising, and tourism, all areas where English is useful.
Language skill courses are taught in small classes to ensure that students receive the attention they deserve. Students use English textbooks and English is the language of instruction in a majority of the classes. The department is collaborating with Shih Hsin Radio Station for an on-campus production, E-Radio. In addition, English majors interested in writing have worked on the English edition of Shih Hsin University Newsweek, a Wenshan community-based gazette, and the departmental newsletter E-Power.
Every year, an online English essay contest hosted by the Web English Corner is open to all Shih Hsin students. Award-winning essays are posted in an exhibition area and included in the department’s publication, E-Power.
The department’s annual, student-led drama production is staged in Shih Hsin’s auditorium as part of the graduation presentation. The drama is planned, written, and performed by English majors.
Started in 2010, the Translation Dragon, an English translation class, is offered every summer to students from all departments to train prospective interpreters and translators. Translation Dragon participants are often chosen to host international exchange activities on campus.
For translation and foreign language internships, students can draw upon a range of media outlets, airlines, tourism, and conference organizers with which the department enjoys strong ties.
Employment opportunities are available in research organizations, government agencies, art centers, cultural organizations, translation and editing services, the tourism industry, and language schools. For advanced degrees in English, students can apply for graduate programs in Taiwan and at international locations including the U.K, France, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States.