Getting to Know the Other: Conflict Resolution in the Foreign/Second Language Classroom

Presented by: Barbara Leigh Cooney, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Presented at: 4th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education
Date of Session: June 11, 2011

Session Description: Learning another language: embedded in this challenging and compelling task is a desire for knowing the Other, communicating with another of difference, bridging cultural gaps and differing values, and gaining local and/or global literacy. Since the early 1990s, scholars and teachers in both Peace Studies and Second Language Studies (SLS) or English as a Second Language (ESL) have been calling for more overt approaches to addressing peace issues in the language classroom. An overview of best practices in classrooms in multicultural Hawaii and Japan will be explored along with possible stimulating and engaging topics in language learning that can promote resolution of conflict in various communities.