Jocelyn Wright, Virginia Hanslien and Cheryl Woelk presented at the KOTESOL National Conference. Check out our discussion and add your thoughts in the comments!
I was driving to work a while ago and heard a short story on the radio about etiquette and rituals in Japanese business culture, and though I personally am not very interested in business, a part of the discussion caught my ear: “…What’s really important is understanding the different styles of communication that different cultures … Continue reading
How do you introduce yourself? Bernard Marr suggests that rather than throwing a business card, dropping names, or telling our life story, we simply frame our work by saying who we help. Introductions can shape the rest of our interactions and the language we choose can open others up to relating or shut things down. In language learning settings, we are often asked to introduce ourselves as one of the first phrases we say in a new language. Continue reading
This article from TED about the nuances of language could have interesting implications for teaching or learning language from a peace perspective. What would it mean to recognize these cues in conversation and then look for opportunities to transform moments of misunderstanding and conflict? What would awareness of this in teaching bring to a language … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading