Michael Byram studied languages at King’s College Cambridge, wrote a PhD in Danish literature, and then taught French and German in secondary and adult education. At Durham University since 1980, now Professor Emeritus, he is also Guest Professor at the University of Luxembourg. He has trained teachers and researched linguistic minorities and foreign language education. In the 2000s he was Adviser to the Language Policy Division of the Council of Europe. He is now involved in the CoE’s work on Competences for Democratic Culture.
His most recent monograph is From Foreign Language Education to Education for Intercultural Citizenship (2008). He is also editor with Adelheid Hu of the second edition of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning, (2013) currently being translated into Chinese and Arabic, and with colleagues in several countries, of two books which demonstrate how foreign language and intercultural citizenship education can be achieved in practice: From Principles to Practice in Education for Intercultural Citizenship (2017) and Teaching Intercultural Competence across the Age Range: from Theory to Practice (2018).
Yonghua Cui , professor at the Beijing Language and Culture University.
He graduated from the Chinese Department of Peking University in 1981 (M.A.). He has been engaged in Chinese teaching and research at the Beijing Language and Culture University since then. He has taught at Oberlin College in the United States, the Summer Chinese School at MiddleburyCollege in the United States, the University of Göttingen in Germany, and Sheffield University in the United Kingdom.
His main research areas are: language teaching theory, Chinese grammar and information processing in Chinese.
His main works include: Skills in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (co-author, Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 1997), Research on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2005), Methods of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2008). He has published dozens of papers in related research fields and participated in the preparation of several Chinese textbooks.
He has also been in charge of the following projects: Systematic Research of Chinese Interlanguage for foreign students (National Social Science Fund Project 1999-2005), Chinese Character Component Standard for Information Processing (National Language Committee Project 1994-1996), and Chinese Character Component Standard for Information Processing (Country Language Committee Project 1998-2001).
Professor Dr. Shih-chang Hsin is currently the Vice President of the National Tsinghua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan and a professor of interdisciplinary international master’s degree program. He is also a professor at the Chinese Language Teaching Institute of Taiwan Normal University. He received his Ph.D. in 1994 from Indiana University-Bloomington, USA, in computer teaching and didactic methods.
A former director of Graduate Instituteof TeachingChinese as a Second Languageat the NationalTaiwan Normal University, he has also taught at the summer course at the Free University of Berlin, Germany, at the Chinese Department at the Chulalongkorn University(as visiting professor) and spent time as visiting scholar at theDepartment of East Asian Studiesat Harvard University. Furthermore, he has acted as an international academic consultant at the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, as director of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching, and as director of the Taiwan Association of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language.
His teaching and research directions include computer-aided Chinese teaching, remote Chinese teaching, language policy, Chinese as a second language and overseas Chinese education. He has hosted more than 20 international seminars on Chinese teaching and computer teaching and served as an editor for more than ten academic journals at home and abroad. He was also editor of more than a dozen Chinese textbooks, including the German, French and Spanish version of the textbook Chinesisch einmal ganz anders.
Xiaomei Zu is a professor at the College of Chinese language and Culture at Nankai University. Her main research interests include cultural teaching, intercultural communication and Chinese language acquisition. She has published a series of papers on cultural teaching and cross-cultural competence in journals such as Chinese Teaching In The World and Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies. Her textbook Intercultural Communication is used in the master’s program “Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages”. It is also a designated reference book for the “Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages”. She has taught at the University of Louisville, the University of South Florida, and the University of Emory. She has trained local Chinese teachers at the Confucius Institutes in the United States, Spain, Portugal, and Thailand. She is also a yearly guest at Hanban, where she instructs Chinese teachers and volunteers working abroad in intercultural communication.