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In 2000, National University of Kaohsiung founded the Department of Western Languages and Literature (DOWELL) to cultivate well-read literature majors and culturally-literate language experts. It is hoped our students will graduate with an appreciation and working knowledge of other related areas of scholastic and professional interests. Major areas of studies include:

(1) English and American Literature
(2) Linguistics

The Department also certain elective courses in translation and interpreation,  business ,and information management. In 2009, DOWELL began hosting the Humanities and Business Management Program along with the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature and two other departments from the College of Management -- Department of Applied Economics and Department of Asia-Pacific Industrial and Business Management to provide our students with a second perspective on business management as well as a path to cross over into different working fields.

lOverview in PDF format:http://intro.nuk.edu.tw/download_2008intro_eng.htm
lOverview Video:
http://intro.nuk.edu.tw/download_2009intro_film.htm

Equipment and Facilities

The eco-friendly building of Humanity and Society Sciences was completed in 2012. With great anticipation, it faces a spacious garden area and ceo pond which bring the seasonal changes directly into students' study. Besides having a pleasant environment, there are 3 advanced multi-media language laboratories, 1 Interpretation Lab, 1 International Cultural Lounge, 3 Research Study Rooms/ Student Labs, 1 department library, and thousands of audio-visal aids for foreign language learning to take place. 

Curriculum Design
● Our curriculum is designed to:
1. Impart to students an understanding of western languages, cultures and their histories through linguistics, literature and cultural studies.
2. Enhance students' communicative competence through listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating practice.

● Special features in the curriculum include:
1. Solid training in basic language abilities
Students are placed into small classes to intensify their training and ensure better learning efficiency. Main courses include as English Aural-Oral Lab Training, English Oral Training, English Composition, Introduction to Translation, Written Translation, Interpretation, and Second Foreign Languages. Each student is required to take one second foreign language for two years, earning a total of 8 credits in that language for graduation.

2. Comprehensive Culture and Literature Courses
Initial courses like Approaches to Literature and Introduction to Western Literature prepare students for later more advanced studies in Culture and Literature. Study of the historical background of each literary period will provide a better link between the works and the literary tradition of the time. A more advanced study will entail courses in literary movements, literary theories, philosophy, and ideological trends. Core courses include History of English Literature, History of American Literature. These courses are supplemented by a series of elective courses such as English and American Fiction, English and American Poetry, English and American Drama, Shakespeare, Shakespeare on Film, Children's Literature in English, Contemporary Cultural Theories, Drama Production, An Introduction to 18th Century English Conduct Literature, English Drama in Practice etc.

3. Linguistics Curriculum
This curriculum aims to impart a basic knowledge of linguistics to enable students to continue their study in this field. The main courses include Introduction to Linguistics, Phonetics, Sociolinguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Anthropological Linguistics/Linguistic Anthropology, Syntax, Phonology etc.

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