Through studying literary works in English and English linguistics, students will develop comprehension abilities, thinking skills, as well as the ability to articulate their ideas, while enhancing the four English language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Students of the Department of English and American Literature will learn how to read, appreciate, and think critically about mainly British and American novels, stories, poems and plays. They also study the literary and socio-historical contexts of these literary works. In parallel with literary studies, our students will study English linguistics, which includes the grammar, phonetics and history of the English language. The department offers other courses, not specifically related to literature or linguistics, such as English Conversation, Current English, and Broadcast English. These courses also help to strengthen students’ English abilities.
Works of literature cover the entire scope of human activities, from trivial everyday matters to intense emotional expression. These human feelings and thoughts are written in the most effective way in the finest literary works. Meanwhile, language is fundamental to our society: it is a uniquely human means of expressing and communicating concepts, ideas and feelings, and of capturing our past, present and future. To study English literature and linguistics, therefore, is to study an essential part of being human. Students will study English language not as a mere tool, but also how it works on a deeper level as an art form and as a vehicle of society, culture and history.
Our curriculum starts and ends with small-group seminars. The first-year students will take the first step to literary and linguistic study in a Freshers’ Seminar. They will learn not only how to approach literary works and linguistic problems but also how to study the English language itself as solid foundations for more advanced study. After three years of training through various lectures and seminars, the fourth-year students will write their graduation thesis on a topic of their own choice. The Graduation Thesis Seminar helps them write their theses through discussion with other seminar members.