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Join us for Stories of Language Learning, Faith, and Building Peace Webinar!

Join the Language for Peace community of language and peace educators and learners for our first online seminar: Stories of Language Learning, Faith, and Building Peace live on March 12, 2015 at 7:00 CST.

Many language educators and learners are already seeking to integrate peace education into their teaching and learning from a Christian faith perspective. There are few opportunities, however, to discuss what this looks like in the classroom or how we can more intentionally build peace through language learning.

In this webinar, several educators share their experiences and reflections of language learning as peacebuilding in their diverse contexts. They will each tell stories from their work as well as answer questions from webinar participants.

Visit the Language for Peace homepage on March 12 at 7:00pm CST to view the webinar, check out the YouTube feed, or go to the Language for Peace event Google+ page to attend.

About the speakers:

Eric Eberly is a lecturer and curriculum coordinator in the Intensive English Program at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Eric has lived, taught and studied in China and South Korea for nearly 10 years. He holds an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Azuza Pacific University in Azuza, California and enjoys working at the intersection where language teaching and peacebuilding meet. He attempts to insert himself into whatever cultural exchange programs he can in the summer months, whether for government officials or high school students coming from China to the US, or American university students going to China for study.  He is slowly working toward an MA in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU.

Karen Spicher is the Head Teacher at Connexus Language Institute and Communications Coordinator for Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI). She lives with family and friends in a multi-cultural community in Namyangju, Korea. She works part-time with Connexus Language Institute, an after-school English language program for elementary school students, helping with curriculum development and teacher training. She also serves on the admin team for NARPI, communicating with the Steering Committee, participants, and other partners. Before moving to Korea, she lived in South Texas, working with an NGO providing immigration legal services and with Mennonite Central Committee. Karen majored in elementary education at Eastern Mennonite University.

Brandon Donelson-Sims is a 1st year international relations PhD student at American University concentrating on international peace and conflict studies. For the previous 5 years he served with Mennonite Central Committee in Indonesia, teaching Muslim and Christian students in an English Language and Literature department. Part of his research has focused on peace education in the English teaching context.

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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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