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ERIC Number: ED520694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
The Importance of the Foreign Language Learning Contributing to World Peace
Sahin, Yusuf
Online Submission, US-China Education Review v8 n5 p580-588 May 2011
The aim of this paper is to determine the elements which hinder peace, and emphasize the importance of the contribution of foreign language learning to international peace. Language affects the thought and behavior of human beings. The attitude of a person knowing more than one language of a position is not the same as a person not knowing a foreign language because of that the first person can comment about the position in different standpoints. He can see and evaluate the events in a much broader perspective. As knowledge gives comfort, peace and confidence to the human beings, ignorance causes repulse and revulsion. Knowing a foreign language means entering a world of human beings thinking and believing differently, accepting different life-styles, illuminating, clarifying the obscurities which cause prejudice and revealing human behaviors which seem not comprehensible whereas they are actually very easy to understand. A theory can be developed from all explanations emphasizing the contributions of knowing a foreign language to the international communication. The theory is called "push and pull theory in communication". The huge building of ignorance, which is the place of big wars and conflicts, can be eliminated through the power of love and peace language. To obtain international peace, all the nations in the world should try to maintain and create legal and social background in order to realize their common goal "international peace". All the governments should come together and develop a common program which provides a contribution to the improvement of the international peace language, which should be taught as a lesson called "common peace language" in all countries. Foreign language teaching should be started at the very early stage if possible. The children's books must contain differences that are natural but not the things to be ashamed of or things to boast about. With the contributions of all countries, a foundation can be set up so that all successful students and teachers, especially those who will be employed in education, can experience different cultures. The way to meet different cultures, named "peace tourism", should be unhampered opened. Countries should cooperate in education, and teachers' and students' exchange programs should be widely extended.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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