Curriculum & Materials

Peace education course: A fictional journey through the Mediterranean

Linguapax has a detailed peace education course available in pdf. form that focuses on building peace through engagement with issues relating to language in the Mediterranean region. The course, “Let’s Build Peace in the Mediterranean through Languages”, is available for use in a variety of languages: Catalan, English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.

The course has 15 activities and follows a fictional character, Carme, in her sailboat voyage around the Mediterranean region. Along the way she (and the students) learn about different countries in the and particular issues they are facing. Examples of the activities include:

“Activity One: Tangier: welcome to fortress Europe!

Description: The students will carry out an empathy exercise to focus on some of the human consequences involved when migrating in conditions of inequality.

“Activity 14: ¬†Marsella: the dangers of linguistic standardisation

Description: Using the lyrics of a song, the students will critically reflect on the situation of Occitan and the dangers and detrimental consequences of linguistic standardisation on local minority languages.”

Each activity is laid out in detail, with suggested video links, discussion questions, role plays, and background information on each stop along the journey.

Take a look, and think about how it might be used in your context. Perhaps the format is one that would transfer easily to create new curriculum about many regions around the world!

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Contributing Author

Abigail Long is a 2012 graduate of Messiah College in Grantham, PA, and a member of Fairview Ave Brethren in Christ Church in Waynesboro, PA. She spent 14 months teaching English in South Korea at the Connexus Language Institute and is deeply interested in the connections between language learning, teaching and peacebuilding.

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