Teaching Peace Linguistics in ESL Classrooms: A Catalyst for Global Peace


Peace Linguistics is a branch of Linguistics aimed at helping users of languages to create conditions for communicating peacefully in varied contexts by humanizing the use of language and raising awareness of individuals’ communicative roles to interact in a dignified manner. This field of linguistics is borne out of the need for the use of language to achieve peace in the global context since conflicts are inevitable in linguistic interactions. This paper examines how Peace Linguistics could be harnessed in teaching peace through humanizing the English Language in a second language situation. The study presents different teaching strategies and contents that could encourage students to use the target language creatively and learn to humanize the language to harmonize disagreements, alleviate communicative aggression, and build communicative dignity to achieve peaceful co-existence. The need to be intentional in creating long lasting state of peace using language is through peace oriented linguistic education. To this end, this study explores the use of certain de-confrontation linguistic devices/ features such as-hedges,negativized positive antonymous adjectives, positivized expressions, polite requests through the use of courtesy subjuncts and the use of declaratives instead of Wh- challenging questions that students can learn to be able to interact in a dignified manner in order to alleviate communicative tensions, as a means of promoting human rights globally for the world to be a better place to live.

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Cecilia Folasade Ojetunde, Lagos State University of Education, Nigeria

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Conference: BCE2023
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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To cite this article:
Ojetunde C. (2023) Teaching Peace Linguistics in ESL Classrooms: A Catalyst for Global Peace ISSN: 2435-9467 – The Barcelona Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-9467.2023.7
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-9467.2023.7

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