About CELEA

China English Language Education Association, also known as CELEA, is the professional organization under the aegis of China Association for Comparative Studies of English and Chinese. Founded in 1981, CELEA aims at promoting academic research in the field of applied linguistics, improving English language teaching in China and encouraging the academic communication among the domestic and the international scholars. CELEA became the affiliate of AILA in 2001, and the affiliate of IATEFL in 2011. Its affiliated journal is Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics. 
 
The Standing Council, with its secretariat, is the leading organ of CELEA. CELEA has gone through four shifts of leadership since its foundation: Prof. Wang Zuoliang as the President of the 1st Standing Council, Prof. Xu Guozhang as the President of the 2nd, Prof. Hu Wenzhong as the President of the 3rd, and Prof. Wen Qiufang as the President of the 4th. The present Standing Council of CELEA came into power on August 20, 2012. 
 
CELEA focuses both on English language education in general and on different areas of research, including Second Language Writing, English Pronunciation Teaching and Research, Language Testing and Assessment, etc.
 
About XISU

Established in 1952 with the name of Northwest Russian College, Xi’an International Studies University (XISU) is the only university in northwest China conducting a complete range of foreign language programs. It was renamed as Xi’an Foreign Languages University in 1958. In 1979, the University started taking in postgraduate students. In 1986, with the authorization of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, it acquired the right to grant master’s degrees. In February 2006, upon the approval of the Ministry of Education, the University changed its name to Xi’an International Studies University.

Development over the past fifty-odd years has facilitated XISU’s transformation from a university focusing only on foreign language education to a teaching-research university with coordinated and balanced programs in international studies, humanities, social studies, management as well as natural sciences. XISU is now an important foreign languages education base, playing an irreplaceable role in foreign language teaching and research in western China and China as a whole.

The University covers an area of 262 acres, with a floor space of 679,000 square meters. It is well equipped with advanced teaching devices like multimedia network classrooms, language laboratories, computer clusters, laboratories for simultaneous interpretation, mock guided tour laboratories and laboratories for news editing. With an advanced satellite receiving system, students in XISU can watch television programs broadcast in different languages. Our computerized library offers access to an extensive digital database of academic journals.

Altogether, the university now has 27 faculties and departments, 39 undergraduate programs plus 7 minor programs covering literature, economics, management, law, education and natural science. It also independently trains candidates of MTI and MTCSOL and PhD candidates in conjunction with three overseas universities.

XISU has a reasonable quantity of provincial and national key subjects and outstanding courses. It houses a National Experimental Base for the Innovation of the Educational Model of Professional Translators and Interpreters, as well as a Research Center for Euro-American Language and Literature, which is a key research base at the provincial level.

XISU can grant early admission to high school students planning to learn uncommonly-used languages, and recommend excellent undergraduate students to pursue further studies for a master’s degree. We have a total of 24,000 students, including master degree candidates, undergraduates, junior college students and international students as well as short-term trainee students. We take education quality as our first priority, and have set up effective systems for teaching assessment, quality education assessment and teaching quality monitoring. Thanks to this, we have won favorable comments and recognition from the expert teams of the Ministry of Education in several evaluation projects.

With 24 academic and research institutions for foreign languages, human geography and international exchanges, we have formed a complete interdisciplinary research system, undertaken a series of national, provincial and foreign-sponsored research programs, and published dictionaries, treatises, translations, theses and textbooks. The academic journals of XISU, namely Foreign Language Education, Journal of Xi’an International Studies University and Human Geography, enjoy a remarkable reputation both at home and abroad. Among these, Foreign Language Education and Human Geography are listed as 2008 to 2009 CSSCI source journals.

We attach great importance to extensive international exchanges and have established cooperative relations with 118 overseas universities and educational institutions. We participate in the Fulbright Program, receive international students with scholarships from the Chinese government, and carry out “two-campuses” programs with 77 universities in 21 countries including Australia, Japan, France, Spain and Canada, for the training of undergraduate and postgraduate students. Besides, we have helped establish two Confucius Institutes in Kazakhstan and Argentina, built XISU-Humboldt Institute with California’s Humboldt State University, founded XISU Paris in Fashion Art Design Institute with Paris MOD’art Fashion Art Design Institute, established Sejong Institute with the support of the Korean Cultural Institute, the Korean Embassy in China and the Korean Consulate General in Xi’an, and set up XISU Goethe Language Center with Goethe Institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. We also have three training bases in America, Singapore and Britain. In the past six years, we have sent altogether 1,681 students to study or work abroad.

We provide training services for people who want to pursue further studies abroad. During the past thirty years, we have organized 55 programs to help over 86,000 people go overseas. Among them are established scholars, college presidents and industrialists. In December 2007, in cooperation with the Princeton English Group, we set up Susan Chyn English Center, and in March 2008, a training base for those who want to study abroad with the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (the Ministry of Education).

XISU pays keen attention to education quality and has remarkable achievements in this respect. In 2008, a volunteer group of 454 teachers and students from XISU worked for Beijing Olympic Games. Their service was well received by domestic and foreign visitors as well as by Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games. The volunteer contingent of XISU has won national honors for their hard work. Graduates from XISU are welcomed by employers for their diligence, flexibility, good language proficiency, remarkable communicative competence and high overall quality. We have maintained an employment rate of over 90% for undergraduate students, and over 95% for postgraduate students. In the 2009 List for the Employability of Chinese Universities, XISU earned a highly satisfactory ranking.

To further adapt ourselves to economic and social development in the new century, XISU will take the opportunities brought by the Western Development Campaign and the general development of higher education in China to intensify its efforts in teaching reform and in the improvement of teaching facilities and education quality so as to forge an even brighter future for itself.

 

About FLTRP

 
Founded in 1979 by the Beijing Foreign Studies University, the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) has since grown into the largest foreign languages publisher and university press in China, ranking 3rd in sales turnover among all the publishing houses in China. 

FLTRP started as a language education publisher and has expanded into more subjects and more areas. The formats of our products have extended from print to digital and mobile. Our publications range from academic and educational works, to humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, and to the mass reading and children’s books. Besides traditional publications, we provide online services, performances and competitions related to learning and reading.

Now we strive to provide all-round educational solutions for individual readers. To make this transition from a publisher to an educational service provider, FLTRP keeps in pace with the development of education. We also keep in mind the needs of frontline customers, both institutional and individual, and do our best to provide the right products and services for them.

With a special strength in languages and deep understanding of Chinese and other cultures, FLTRP is well positioned to tell China stories to the world. We actively engage in the promotion of cultural understanding between China and other parts of the world. FLTRP regularly licenses fine works from overseas, and actively cooperates with international partners in developing new products for the global market.