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Classroom Activities Using Applied Peace Linguistics

Can drawing awareness to different phrases and expressions help language learners promote peace? What role does creative writing and poetry have in peacebuilding? How can we use applied linguistics to learn to communicate more peaceably?

Dr. Francisco Gomes de Matos is emeritus professor at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, in
Recife, Brazil, and has written about these questions and more in his field of peace linguistics. His article on the TESOL International website entitled, “Applying Peace Linguistics to TESOL gives a few examples of ways language educators can use his insights in a language classroom. The exercises are based on two core beliefs that “All languages can be used for human-improving peaceful purposes” and “TESOL can help teachers educate learners to use English for the good of humankind.”

What insights into peaceable communication have you found through studies in language and linguistics?

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About clwoelk

Cheryl Woelk is coordinator of Language for Peace and specializes in language and peace education in multicultural contexts. She holds an MA in Education and a graduate certificate in Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, USA. Cheryl currently lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her spouse and son.

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Cheryl Woelk is coordinator of Language for Peace and specializes in language and peace education in multicultural contexts. She holds an MA in Education and a graduate certificate in Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, USA. Cheryl currently lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her spouse and son.

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