About Language and Intercultural
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.
Contributions are drawn from a wide range of practitioners in the
field throughout the world, both native and non-native speakers of English.
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.
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.
Adrian Pilbeam, Editor