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The four texts of the Intercultural Communicative Language Teaching and TCSOL are based on the lectures given by Professor Byram at the “Intercultural Communicative Language Teaching and International Chinese Language Education Senior Workshop” held by the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching in summer 2016. The book focuses on the aims of language teaching which are often treated with low priority: the humanistic and educational aims which develop learners’ critical understanding of self and one’s own society and the societies of others and their way of life or culture. The book explains the fundamental concepts involved – for example the concepts of ‘culture’, of ‘competence’ and ‘social identity’ – and explains how these should be used as a basis for creating a systematic and theoretically well-founded approach to including the cultural dimension in language teaching. Examples are used to illustrate this argument, drawn from teaching in several countries and teaching both English and other languages, with suggestions as to how this approach could be used in the field of TCSOL. A lot of teachers and researchers are attracted by Michael Byram’s fame and communicate with him about TCSOL. This book is produced in a Chinese-English bilingual format in order to provide helpful reading experience for international Chinese language teachers and second language teaching researchers.

Intercultural Communicative Language Teaching and TCSOL is featured as follows:

① It is an academic book produced in a Chinese-English bilingual format, which is rare in the book market, so that it can help readers easily understand the content with intelligible language;

② It introduces the aim which is often treated with low priority — the humanistic and educational aims;

③ Abundant examples are used to illustrate the arguments, drawn from several teaching practice;

④ There is one part called “Interaction and Communication” after each lecture, helping to solve problems in practical teaching;

⑤ There are also lecture videos (downloaded online) coming with the book, which can help readers understand the content in various ways.




跨文化交际语言教学(ICLT) 的基本概念

Fundamental Concepts in Intercultural Communicative Language Teaching (ICLT) 


Curriculum and Lesson Planning 


Assessment and Evaluation 


Humanistic and Critical Approaches 



About the Author
Michael Byram is PhD (University of Cambridge) on Danish literature and Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at the University of Durham in England. His research mainly focuses on the intercultural dimension of foreign language teaching and study. This includes work with the Council of Europe since the mid-1990s. He is currently Guest Professor at the University of Luxembourg and Visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia in England. He holds honorary positions in China as Visiting Professor at the Beijing Language and Culture University, and Consultant Professor at the Harbin Institute of Technology.His publications are mainly about the subject matter of ‘intercultural communicative competence’ and ‘intercultural citizenship’, such as Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence (1997), From Foreign Language Education to Education for Intercultural Citizenship: Essays and Reflections (2008), and From Principles to Practice in Education for Intercultural Citizenship (2017, coedited with Irina Golubeva, Han Hui and Manuela Wagner). He is also joint editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning.