In­no­va­tive course aims to nur­ture strate­gic tal­ent

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

An ex­per­i­men­tal new course aimed at nur­tur­ing bilin­gual or mul­ti­lin­gual tal­ent, with a fo­cus on the hu­man­i­ties, has been launched at China’s pres­ti­gious Ts­inghua Univer­sity.

The For­eign Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures De­part­ment’s world lit­er­a­tures and cul­tures ex­per­i­men­tal course, which is sup­ported by the Ts­inghua In­sti­tute for World Lit­er­a­tures and Cul­tures, started re­cruit­ing stu­dents in Septem­ber last year.

Its aim is to re­form how English ma­jors are tra­di­tion­ally taught at Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties, which typ­i­cally in­volves im­prov­ing stu­dents’ read­ing, writing, speak­ing, lis­ten­ing and trans­lat­ing abil­i­ties, while equip­ping them with a ba­sic knowl­edge of lit­er­a­ture and lin­guis­tics in English-speak­ing coun­tries.

In ad­di­tion, stu­dents are usu­ally taught the ba­sics of a sec­ond for­eign lan­guage, such as Ja­panese, French, Span­ish, Ger­man or Rus­sian, equip­ping them to work in a wide range of fields, from ed­u­ca­tion to tourism and trade.

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