Under the background of globalization, the accelerated infiltration of foreign cultures and in-depth development of cross-cultural exchanges have brought tremendous impact and challenges to China’s traditional and local culture. Under the "new normal" of "cultural power,” cross-cultural education should involve the integration of Chinese traditional culture with foreign language instruction, taking into consideration the key concepts from the West and current problems in teaching practice in China. The "two-way" introduction of cultures should be the practice norm in foreign language and cross-cultural education. By emphasizing both the instrumentality and humanism of language as well as the cultivation of cross-cultural competence, a “dual-cultural” teaching model can be re-constructed to facilitate interactive exchange and transformation in cross-cultural communication in China.
Xue Che is an associate professor at the School of Foreign Studies, Jiangsu Normal University, China and a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics at Shanghai International Studies University. Her areas of specialization include comparative literature, intercultural studies and intercultural communication, and English learning and teaching methodology. She has completed eight national, provincial and municipal research projects on culture and teaching in China and is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.