From May 10th to 11th, the national seminar of the English major development for local universities was held in Yuncheng University. More than 100 experts and scholars from Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangdong, Hunan, Shaanxi, Fujian, Henan and other places gathered in Hedong Area. They discussed English major¡¯s talents cultivation and restructuring model for local universities, and made suggestions for the upcoming national standards of English major.
On the morning of May 10th, the seminar was opened in the Conference Center of the Air Harbor Resort. Professor Feng Guangwu from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies made the opening remarks. He was the Secretary General of Ministry of Education of Higher Education in English Teaching Guidance Sub-Committee. Yuncheng University Principal Yao Jihuan delivered the welcome address. Professor Wu Yaxin, President of the Foreign Languages Professional Committee of Shanxi Higher Education Society, made speech on behalf of Shanxi Province. Professor Zhong Meisun, chairman of Higher Education Foreign Languages and Literature Teaching Guidance Committee of the Ministry of Education, made a report entitled ¡°make the formulation and implementation of national standards as central task, and comprehensively promote foreign language major¡¯s teaching reform and development¡±. After that, seven lectures were delivered. The lecturers included Professor Ye Xingguo from Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, Professor Chen Fachun from Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Professor Lanchun from Beijing Foreign Studies University, Professor Zhang Wenzhong from Nankai University, Professor Wen Weiping from Xiangtan University, Teacher Qin Xiaomei from Xi¡¯an Fanyi University, Professor Dengjie from Hunan Normal University. They brought the audience a cultural feast of English major construction and development.
After the lectures, the delegates were divided into three groups to discuss. They exchanged ideas about English major¡¯s talents cultivation and restructuring model for local universities, and offered rationalization suggestions for the formulation of the national standards of English major.
On the morning of May 11th, the delegates watched the foreign language majors¡¯ expanding quality performance in the Grand Hedong Hall. Students¡¯ wonderful drama performance won warm applause of all guests. Deeply impressed by the Japanese version drama ¡°Butterfly Lovers¡±, Professor Zhang Wenzhong from Nankai University said humorously: ¡°Our dear students¡¯ performance is so wonderful that audience¡¯s touched tears are about one kilogram.¡± He suggested uploading the performance video on the Internet for the national peers¡¯ appreciation. He hoped that Yuncheng University would cultivate more and better talents in the future.
The seminar was chaired by Ministry of Education of Higher Education in English Teaching Guidance Sub-Committee, and organized by Yuncheng University. On the closing ceremony, Professor Feng Guangwu congratulated for the wonderful performance of Foreign Language Department students, and expressed sincere thanks for University¡¯s organization work. He said that under the joint efforts, the seminar was a complete success and received the expected results. He hoped that the English teaching of local universities could find a good positioning based on the national standards, highlight prominent features, and cultivate excellent English major talents.