The Department of Applied Foreign Languages grew out of The Center for Applied Foreign Languages. This center started as an English teaching group within The Section of General Courses. At that time, the school was named Minghsin Junior College of Technology. In 1997 when The Section of General Courses’ changed to The Center for General Education, the English teaching group was also renamed to, The English Section. In 2002, when the school was upgraded to Minghsin University of Science and Technology, it developed into The Center for Applied Foreign Languages, which operated under The Division of General Education. Over time, the Center grew to such an extent as to approximate a department in terms of size and specialty. Thus, in 2007, when the Center for General Education changed to, The College of Humanities (Social and National Sciences), the Center was divided into the Department of Applied Foreign Languages, and, The Language Teaching Center.
The Department of Applied Foreign Languages was established in keeping with the internationalization imperative, and for the purpose of cultivating foreign language professionals well equipped with academic theories and practical experience. It admits students to a four-year undergraduate program both in The Daytime Division and in The Division of Continuing Education.
Currently there are eleven full-time teachers in the Department—one professor, four associate professors, three assistant professors, and three lecturers. Among them are one American teacher, one Ph.D. in German language teaching, and one Japanese language lecturer.
The department is well equipped with language learning facilities. In addition to four language labs, there is one ‘Little Theatre’ for oral training and drama performances, and one multimedia computer lab. This computer lab includes a wealth of material for use in computer conferencing and other computer-mediated collaborative language learning activities. All these facilities provide students with a diversity of options for language learning.