On behalf of the editorial team, we present to you Training Language and Culture – the Journal published through collaborative efforts of the International Language Association and Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia.
There is a number of reasons underlying the need for research journals such as TLC that are intended to cover significant humanitarian phenomena of today.
First, globalisation processes have not only overtaken the socio-political sphere, but have also swept the scientific-cultural activities. Representatives of different spheres of activity in various countries need to engage in a reciprocal constructive dialogue for the purposes of scientific-professional enrichment, be aware of both the conventional and new trends of scientific and cultural development of the peoples around the globe. Therefore, joint efforts on the part of different national communities intended to promote cooperation and look for beneficial solutions to pressing professional challenges appear to be beneficial to the overall world ‘climate’.
Second, the authority of professional associations, educational and academic institutions, as well as the prestige of experts operating in particular fields, are largely ensured by their scientific achievements. Today, high professional standing is not something one acquires only by securing a specific scope of expertise and obtaining practical skills. Basically, it is not just about overcoming practical challenges, but is rather about being able to comprehend and inventively elaborate on a range of related issues, look out for the most efficient solutions, clarify problematic questions, etc.
Last but not least, the key objective of linguists is to study the language as an instrument of interaction between individuals and nations, a treasury of peoples’ cultural legacy, a cognition tool of the human race. We hope that this journal will open a new platform for fruitful interaction of both practical and theoretical researchers, help establish an environment of creative exploration for us to find ways to improve communication practices deployed by people of different professions and nationalities, and stimulate young specialists’ research activity.
TLC is an internationally refereed publication which provides free on-line access to all those involved in the research, teaching and learning of linguistics, communication and culture. This is a wide-ranging field examining how languages are structured, how meanings and ideas are formed and encoded, how they are communicated and represented, and how these and other aspects of language functioning are taught within various disciplines. These processes are dynamic in nature, as languages and cultures are evolving and changing in the context of various global phenomena and events. TLC intends to represent this dynamism and provide a platform for publication of studies in the field of language and culture training.
We hope you find our publications progressive and engaging and are always looking forward to cooperate with fellow researchers.
Prof Elena N. Malyuga and Barry Tomalin
Joint Managing Editors TLC