Peacebuilding in Language Education: Innovations in Theory and Practice

Edited by: Rebecca L. Oxford, María Matilde Olivero, Melinda Harrison, Tammy Gregersen

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This innovative, much-needed book shares powerful wisdom and practical strategies to help language teachers, teacher educators and peace educators communicate peace, contribute to peace and weave peacebuilding into classrooms and daily life. The clear, six-part Language of Peace Approach underlies more than 50 creative activities that can promote peacebuilding competence in secondary and post-secondary students, current and prospective educators and community members outside of academia. Chapters span the spectrum from cross-cultural peace education to the positive psychology of peace, from nonverbal peace language to transformative language teaching for peace, and from the needs of language learners to the needs of language educators. The book makes a unique and valuable contribution to the discussion of how we can live together peacefully in a changing world. 

Language can incite hate, hurt and harm; it can also cultivate love, empathy and respect. This timely book shares powerful wisdom and practical strategies for how language teachers and other educators can communicate peace; contribute to building inner, interpersonal, intergroup, intercultural, international and ecological peace; weave peacebuilding into instruction and daily life; and enhance their teaching, learning and being.

Jing Lin, University of Maryland, USA

This volume constitutes an impressive effort by international scholars aligned on the vision of the ripple effect, whereby notions of peace are integrated into the teaching and learning of languages. The book deals with peace in its various manifestations and demonstrates how beyond speech and writing, nonverbal communication also has a role to play in creating an environment in which peace can flourish.

Andrew D. Cohen, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, USA

This rich collection's biggest strength is that it provides an excellent balance between theoretical analysis on the one hand, and practical implications on the other. The rich ideas and activities that are suggested will be immensely valuable to teachers who wish to expand their repertoire of instruction through taking into serious consideration multiple aspects of peace that are not limited to the inner self but expand to cover intercultural and international aspects.

Michalinos Zembylas, Open University of Cyprus and Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

This inspiring volume transcends geographical borders as it offers the reader an international perspective on peacebuilding in language education contexts. The ideas presented in this book represent a rich resource for teacher educators interested in developing a culture of peace as it highlights the contribution of differences to peacebuilding. Through this collection ripples of peace will indeed be felt all around the world.

Rebecca L. Oxford is a University of Maryland Professor Emerita and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher who now works with doctoral students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. 

María Matilde Olivero is a second language teacher educator and researcher at Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina.

Melinda Harrison is a lecturer at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama, USA and is working on a PhD in Educational Studies in Diverse Populations at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Tammy Gregersen is a Professor of TESOL at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Foreword. Gregory Hadley

Introduction. Melinda Harrison

Section I Language Education Responds to the Call for Peace

Chapter 1. Rebecca L. Oxford, Tammy Gregersen, Melinda Harrison and M. Matilde Olivero: The Call for Peace in Language Education: This Book's Purpose, Themes and Peace Approach

Chapter 2. Christina Gkonou, M. Matilde Olivero and Rebecca L. Oxford: Empowering Language Teachers to be Influential Peacebuilders: Knowledge, Competencies and Activities

Chapter 3. Tammy Gregersen and Peter MacIntyre: The Nonverbal Channels of Peacebuilding: What Teachers, Trainers and Facilitators Need to Know

Section II Applying Peacebuilding for Inner, Interpersonal and Intergroup Peace

Chapter 4. María Celina Barbeito and Adelina Sánchez Centeno: Inner Peace and Emotion Regulation During Oral Production in ESL/EFL Teacher Education

Chapter 5. Carmen Amerstorfer: How Increased Self-regulation, Learner Autonomy and Learner Cooperation Raise Self-esteem and Consequently Inner Peace and Interpersonal Peace: Insights from an Innovative School Context

Chapter 6. Ana María F. Barcelos: Revolutionary Love and Peace in the Construction of an English Teacher's Professional Identity

Chapter 7. Josephine Prado, Gönül Uguralp-Cannon, John Marc Green, Melinda Harrison and Laurie Smith: Seeking Connection through Difference: Finding the Nexus of Transformative Learning, Peacebuilding and Language Teaching

Section III Applying Peacebuilding for Intercultural and International Peace

Chapter 8: Jim Bernhardt, Christine Campbell and Betty Lou Leaver: Can Foreign Languages Be Taught for Peace at U.S. Government Institutes? 

Chapter 9. Michael Wei and Yalun Zhou: International Faculty and International Students in Universities: Their Roles in Fostering Peace across Languages and Cultures

Chapter 10. Laura Mahalingappa, Terri L. Rodriguez and Nihat Polat: Promoting Peace through Social Justice Pedagogies for Students from Immigrant Muslim Communities: Using Critical Language Awareness in Second Language Classrooms

Section IV Applying Peacebuilding through Positive Psychology, Peace Linguistics and Peace Language

Chapter 11. Tammy Gregersen and Peter MacIntyre: Acting Locally to Integrate Positive Psychology and Peace: Practical Applications for Language Teaching and Learning

Chapter 12. Rebecca L. Oxford: From Hate Speech to Empathy: Lessons for Language Educators and Society

Chapter 13. Andy Curtis and Rebecca L. Oxford: Applying Peace Linguistics: What Peacebuilders Can Learn from the Languages of Hurt, Hate and Harm

Chapter 14. Rebecca L. Oxford and Andy Curtis: Exploring Peace Language: Hope, Help and Harmony

Section V Moving Further with Peacebuilding

Chapter 15. M. Matilde Olivero, Melinda Harrison and Rebecca L. Oxford: Peacebuilding through Classroom Activities: Inner, Interpersonal, Intergroup, Intercultural, International and Ecological Peace

Chapter 16. M. Matilde Olivero, Tammy Gregersen, Melinda Harrison and Rebecca L. Oxford: Conclusion: Integrating Peace Concepts, Personal Insights and Future Peace Directions


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