Innovative course aims to nurture strategic talent
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.