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LIT Journal

About Language and Intercultural Training

Language and Intercultural Training (LIT) presents ideas and information about language and intercultural training for professional purposes and is intended as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences in the field. Contributions range from ideas and theories drawn from practical research and observation to case studies of good training practice.

The aim of the journal when it was launched was to fill the gap that exists between academic journals on applied linguistics and intercultural communication, and general business or training publications. Whereas business journals and publications cover all areas of training and human resources, LIT focuses exclusively on the increasingly important areas of language and intercultural communication, with greater range and depth.

LIT looks at the different factors that should be considered when carrying out language and intercultural training and consulting in companies, and international organisations. The themes covered include language audits and needs analysis, teaching business communication skills, course design, testing and evaluation, trainer training, use of multimedia in training, approaches to intercultural training, and global trends in these fields.

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Contributions are drawn from a wide range of practitioners in the field throughout the world, both native and non-native speakers of English.

Some History

Language and Intercultural Training first appeared in 1980 with the title Language Training, and was at the time a pioneer publication in the field. In the second issue of 1980, the concept of the language audit was first introduced in an article by Adrian Pilbeam, the editor of the journal. The term language audit and the concept behind it have gone on to become an industry standard, and have contributed to the increased professionalism of the language training industry.

Later issues dealt with the training of language and business communication skills such as negotiating, giving presentations and report writing. This combination of language and skills training, then a field that was just beginning to develop, has since grown into a major industry with numerous publications of print, audio and video material.

In 1992 the name was changed to Language and Intercultural Training to take account of the increased importance of the intercultural dimension of international communication.

A New Look

1998 saw a complete relaunch of Language and Intercultural Training with a new look, more pages and an extended editorial team. The journal then appeared three times a year rather than quarterly. We ceased publication of LIT as a printed journal in 2000.

For further details of the content of some of the later issues of LIT, click here.

Back Issues

We have a full list of 62 back issues which are available in hard copy at a cost of £6.00 each (Europe) and £7.00 each (outside Europe). Individual scanned pdf copies are also available at a price of 3.00 per issue. Please contact us for details.

Contact Details

Adrian Pilbeam, Editor
LTS training and consulting
5 Belvedere
Lansdown Road
Bath BA1 5ED
Tel: + 44 (0)1225 448148

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