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Language of Ideologies, War and Peace

This provocative article on War, peace, language published in the Indian Express highlights the nuances of language, politics, power, and ideologies. While Pakistani columnist Khaled Ahmed is speaking from personal experience and the content of his opinions may be up for debate, he makes well the point that the languages we know shape our access to information and thus our worldviews.

Learning a new language can bring us outside of our familiar ways of thinking and give us a chance to hear perspectives that we could never possibly access before. Whether we use this for war or for peace is a powerful choice for language learners and educators.

What political or ideological implications does your language learning carry? How do we hold these worldview shifts carefully as we teach new languages to others?

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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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