Teaching English for Reconciliation

Pursuing Peace through Transformed Relationships in Language Learning and Teaching
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How can an English class become a transformative space for both teachers and learners? When the teacher intentionally uses strategies and builds skills for peacebuilding and reconciliation, the classroom can be a place where relationships and communication transform people. This text encourages those engaged in the teaching of English as a second or foreign language to first consider why we might strive to teach English for reconciliation, and then addresses the contexts, individuals, and resources which are involved.

  • ISBN: 9780878085439
  • Pages: 208
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2018
  • Publisher: William Carey Library


Dormer and Woelk’s well-informed, yet highly readable and practical book is an excellent introduction for any language teacher who wishes to help language learners discover how to interact more harmoniously with people from other groups and cultures, and even themselves become peacebuilders and agents of reconciliation. For Christians this book is particularly valuable as a guide to how the Christian peacemaking mandate can be incarnated and lived out in English language classrooms.

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This is a refreshing work that encompasses the possibilities of English Language Teaching to open doors that lead to true reconciliation and peacebuilding in the current landscape of hostility that is all too familiar to us in our current day.

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Table of Contents

Part 1:
The Foundation: Why Teach English for Reconciliation?
Ch. 1: Teaching for Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation
Ch. 2: Intersections of Language Learning and Reconciliation
Ch. 3: A Framework for Christians Teaching English for Reconciliation

Part 2:
The People: Who is Involved in Teaching English for Reconciliation?
Ch. 4: Community
Ch. 5: Learners
Ch. 6: Teachers

Part 3: The Resources: How Can We Teach English for Reconciliation?
Ch. 7: Creating Curricula for Peace and Reconciliation
Ch. 8: Adapting Curricula for Peace and Reconciliation
Ch. 9: Suggestions for Diverse Settings

Appendix A: Suggested Activities
Appendix B: Sample Forms and Plans
Appendix C: Resources

1. Three lenses of a teaching English within a reconciliation framework
2. Sources and domains of power
3. REAL activities in teaching English for reconciliation Reconciliatory English Teaching Framework

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