The center is served by eighteen staff members, among whom eleven maintain PhD degrees, two are doctoral supervisors and six supervise MA programs.
In the recent five years, the center has successfully applied for three national and six ministerial social science funds. Besides a number of provincial and university-level research and teaching projects, the center operates multiple educational courses and materials of national excellence awards.
Aiming at foreign language teaching and research, the center specifically subsides over the teaching, learning and assessment. Three main research interest groups include: English for Specific and Academic Purposes, investigating the teaching of English at tertiary level; Teacher Development Research, targeting at the research of teacher improvement on theoretical and pragmatic perspectives; and Corpus Studies, the present work involving the lexical, discoursal and grammatical analysis of English for academic purposes.