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Teaching English for Reconciliation

Cheryl and Jan’s book is finally out! Check out the interview with authors here.

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Teaching English for Reconciliation by Jan Edwards Dormer and Cheryl Woelk was recently released.  I was pleased to be able to interview them about this progressive approach to language teaching and learning that is concerned with the development of the whole person.

1) Why is reconciliation important in educational contexts?

Learner-centered educators have long realized the importance of holistic teaching – developing the whole person, rather than focusing purely on the transmission of information. Educational endeavors provide us with rich contexts for helping individuals not only to learn specific content (or in the case of ELT, acquire English), but to grow in their understanding of themselves, others, and their relationships.

2) Why is reconciliation important in English language teaching contexts?

In English language learning classrooms, we find environments that are especially well-suited to develop the whole person, including their perspectives, attitudes, and relationships with others. Part of the reason for…

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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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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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