Owing its origin to the Department of English (DOE) established in 1959, the College of English Language and Literature (CELL) in SISU was founded in 2009 when DOE merged with the former Third Department of English (which was established in 1984). Currently, the College offers a four-year program in English leading to BA degrees in three sub-areas,
viz., Translation & Oral Interpreting, English Literature & Linguistics, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Due to the program’s educational and academic excellence in English it has been accredited as an A-Class Program at the state level and a Priority Program of Chongqing Municipality. Prompted by the pioneering spirit of its predecessors and supported by more than five decades of innovative perseverance, CELL is proud to be recognized as the most dynamic and creative force in SW China and it is,
de facto, one of the leaders across the entire country for providing high quality English education.
The faculty of CELL is composed of 80 full-time teachers, of which, 12 are full professors (among whom one holds endowed chair), 40 are tenured associate professors; 20 have attained their Ph.D. degrees and 98% have earned M.A. degrees specializing in Anglo-American literature, comparative literature, linguistics & applied linguistics, cultural studies, TESOL, and other related fields; and, 95% of the faculty have had international experiences. All faculty members take a genuine interest when instructing their students, while personally dedicating themselves to individual academic research. In addition to this, there are qualified and experienced teachers from English-speaking countries affiliated with CELL. They not only bring passion to the learning environment and lend an international vision into the classroom, but also contribute considerably to making the College an academic community of multicultural dimensions.
CELL’s primary teaching focus is to equip students with fundamental English competence, provide a well-rounded knowledge of Sino-Western humanities, advance a broad international perspective, develop the ability for creative and critical thinking, and emphasize personal traits of honesty, modesty, and integrity. In support of these, CELL offers a wide spectrum of curricula covering its three primary course-areas: foundation, communication, and elective. Foundation courses are designed to equip students with basic knowledge of English. Communication courses are to strengthen students’ ability to express themselves in English and to provide them with critical thinking, speaking, and writing experiences that will be important in their future lives and careers. Elective courses focus on specialized studies in Anglo-American literature, Chinese literature (in English), linguistics & applied linguistics intellectual history of the West and of China, theories of translation, TESOL,
etc. These three course areas complement one another, which enables CELL to produce graduates that will meet standards of excellence. Complementing these study programs are strong emphases attached to a range of extracurricular activities, social services, and internships.
Graduates from CELL are highly sought after by prestigious graduate schools and employers in diversified fields, such as, teaching, public service, foreign trade, banking, insurance, press, media,
etc. Graduates from CELL work tirelessly in these areas, fully utilizing their knowledge of English in their particular areas of calling.
In addition to teaching, academic research is another prominent aspect of CELL. In recent years, the scholarly output created by CELL’ faculty members has been rising steadily into repute both in quantity and quality. Six research centers operate under CELL: Center for Anglo-American Literature Studies, Center for Linguistics & Applied Linguistics Studies, Center for Translation Studies, Center for Lexicography Studies, Center for Comparative Literature & Comparative Culture Studies，and Center for Language Assessment Studies. CELL also publishes its annual scholarly journal:
New Bearings in International EL&L, reviewing and reporting on the latest academic achievements by foreign scholars in English studies.
With the advent of the new millennium, CELL will redouble its efforts in further enhancing teaching, academic research and international collaboration to accomplish its mission epitomized in its motto of “Connecting the World, Striving for Excellence.”
CELL Motto: Connecting the World, Striving for Excellence!