In this hands-on workshop, language educators are invited to recognize themselves and their students as potential peacebuilders who work to create harmony out of difference. Participants will learn how to use a multidimensional peace model to incorporate innovative peacebuilding activities into the language classroom. The activities presented at the workshop will feature language used to reflect, express and/or expand peace in any of six dimensions, including inner, interpersonal, intergroup, international, intercultural, and ecological. While some of the activities involve nonverbal forms of communication, many others can be used to practice language skills in any second or foreign language. In addition, the workshop activities include adaptations for integrating peace teaching into language classes for students at different levels, including elementary, secondary, and postsecondary.
During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experience and reflect on sample peacebuilding activities; they will also receive ideas, suggestions, and a recommended bibliography. In closing, the presenters and participants will share reflections on achieving learning outcomes and on the importance of creating a community of practice where teachers can share their peacebuilding strategies in the field of language education.
After this workshop, participants will be able to:
- recognize the paramount role language educators have in building positive peace;
- learn to use a multidimensional peace model to incorporate innovative peacebuilding activities into the language classroom;
- have concrete experiences with peacebuilding activities for the language classroom; and
- reflect critically on the value of using peacebuilding activities in your own settings and discuss ways to adapt them.
María Matilde Olivero holds a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from the University of South Florida, U.S.A. She is a second language teacher educator and researcher at Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina. Her main research interests include affective factors in second language teaching, peacebuilding approaches in language (teacher) education, and teacher wellbeing.
Rebecca L. Oxford, Ph.D. (Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Professor Emerita, University of Maryland) is an educator, psychologist, and speaker who has worked in 43 countries. Of her 15 books, five concern peace and spirituality with a focus on peace language, peace cultures, peacebuilding in language education, ecological peace, and spiritual research paradigms. She co-edits two book series: Spirituality, Religion, and Education (Palgrave) and Transforming Education for the Future (Information Age).
Drs. Olivero and Oxford are co-editors of the exciting new book Peacebuilding in Language Education: Innovations in Theory and Practice published by Multilingual Matters in 2021.
Target Audience: This workshop is appropriate for language teachers of any language at the elementary through the postsecondary level as well as language teacher educators.