Welcome to the Applied Foreign Languages at Shih Chien University
The Department of Applied Foreign Languages (AFL) has a longstanding reputation for providing excellent teaching and incorporating interdisciplinary approaches to prepare students to meet the needs of a diverse workforce upon graduation.
Along with its commitment to developing students’ verbal and written communication skills, the AFL department provides ESP courses that build knowledge and skills in a wide range of fields: cultural and creative, digital education, aviation, and business industries.
In-demand Skills for the Future
In an era when STEM education is gaining a greater focus, liberal arts education has never been more essential. The soft skills that liberal studies build and develop provide prominent recognition and can gain a competitive edge in the age of technology.
In line with this global trend, the AFL Department focuses on developing the in-demand skills students need to succeed in the future as they progress through the curriculum. These soft skills have an increasingly greater value in the constantly changing world as they assure flexibility and competitiveness in the new-age job market.
Critical Thinking and Communication Skills
It is through the engagement of debates, group reports, thesis writing, and article analysis that AFL students are exposed to various ways of thinking, analyzing, and questioning so as to shape personal perspectives and cultivate critical thinking as well as communication skills.
|Online Speaking||Public Speaking||Professional English||Approaches to Literature|
Interpersonal Skills, Problem-Solving Skills and Empathy
In and out of class activities, such as Drama Contests and English Camps in Remote Areas, provide students with opportunities to deepen their learning. Through working effectively in groups, students develop positive interpersonal relationships, learn to solve problems collaboratively, and understand the emotions of others.
Teaching English in Remote Areas Hui Long Junior High school, Thailand
Teaching English in Remote Areas
Ming Jheng Elementary School, Taichuang, Taiwan
|English Speech Contest|
To prepare students for their future careers, digital skills are integrated into existing courses and taught separately in new courses. Students will learn to work with data, carry out tasks remotely, create media-rich assignments and presentations, improve digital communication skills, and extend learning beyond the walls of the classroom.
Student Learning Beyond the Classroom
The AFL Department encourages students to apply for internships to ease the transition from university to the workplace. Internship experiences benefit students by giving them a chance to apply their knowledge in the professional world, gauge work preferences, strengthen their résumés, and build self-confidence. All students can receive credit for internship experiences and the interns are required to reflect on their learning through writing journals and the connections between classroom learning and workplace applications.
|Summer Interns at China Airlines||Yearlong Interns at China Airlines|
AFL graduates enter a wide range of career fields as the soft skills they develop are applicable to different disciplines, such as education, transport, computing, and the hospitality industry.
AFL alumna: Aileen Chien
Deputy Purser, Eva Air
AFL alumnus: Anderson Lu
Supply Chain Program Manager, HP Inc.
AFL alumna: Chingpei-Yu
Procurement Dep, CHICKBIDDY
AFL alumna: Hsiao-ping Wu
Associate Professor, Texas A&M University-San Antonio