Peacebuilding in Language Education Innovations in Theory and Practice Edited by: Rebecca L. Oxford, María Matilde Olivero, Melinda Harrison, Tammy Gregersen

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31 Oct 2020
New Perspectives on Language and Education
Multilingual Matters
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This innovative, much-needed book shares powerful wisdom and practical strategies to help language teachers, teacher educators and peace educators communicate peace, contribute to peace and weave peacebuilding into classrooms and daily life. The clear, six-part Language of Peace Approach underlies more than 50 creative activities that can promote peacebuilding competence in secondary and post-secondary students, current and prospective educators and community members outside of academia. Chapters span the spectrum from cross-cultural peace education to the positive psychology of peace, from nonverbal peace language to transformative language teaching for peace, and from the needs of language learners to the needs of language educators. The book makes a unique and valuable contribution to the discussion of how we can live together peacefully in a changing world. 


Language can incite hate, hurt and harm; it can also cultivate love, empathy and respect. This timely book shares powerful wisdom and practical strategies for how language teachers and other educators can communicate peace; contribute to building inner, interpersonal, intergroup, intercultural, international and ecological peace; weave peacebuilding into instruction and daily life; and enhance their teaching, learning and being.

- Jing Lin, University of Maryland, USA

This volume constitutes an impressive effort by international scholars aligned on the vision of the ripple effect, whereby notions of peace are integrated into the teaching and learning of languages. The book deals with peace in its various manifestations and demonstrates how beyond speech and writing, nonverbal communication also has a role to play in creating an environment in which peace can flourish.

- Andrew D. Cohen, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, USA

This rich collection’s biggest strength is that it provides an excellent balance between theoretical analysis on the one hand, and practical implications on the other. The rich ideas and activities that are suggested will be immensely valuable to teachers who wish to expand their repertoire of instruction through taking into serious consideration multiple aspects of peace that are not limited to the inner self but expand to cover intercultural and international aspects.

- Michalinos Zembylas, Open University of Cyprus and Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

This inspiring volume transcends geographical borders as it offers the reader an international perspective on peacebuilding in language education contexts. The ideas presented in this book represent a rich resource for teacher educators interested in developing a culture of peace as it highlights the contribution of differences to peacebuilding. Through this collection ripples of peace will indeed be felt all around the world.

- Pamela Gunning, Concordia University, Canada

Author Biography:

Rebecca L. Oxford is a University of Maryland Professor Emerita and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher who now works with doctoral students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. 

María Matilde Olivero is a second language teacher educator and researcher at Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina.

Melinda Harrison is a lecturer at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama, USA and is working on a PhD in Educational Studies in Diverse Populations at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Tammy Gregersen is a Professor of TESOL at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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