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ERIC Number: EJ889137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1030-8385
Nurturing Cultures of Peace with Dialogic Approaches to Language and Literacy
Wong, Shelley; Grant, Rachel
TESOL in Context, v19 n2 p4-21 Dec 2009
This paper argues that violence in society can be reflected in the microcosm of the classroom, primarily taking the form of a range of bullying behaviours, and that TESOL educators can play a role in addressing conflict by connecting individuals and communities through a dialogic approach to TESOL. The article goes on to describe the nature of dialogic pedagogy and identifies its relationship to past paradigms of methodology, using as a framework three questions taken from Prator's (1979) "Cornerstones of Method": (a) What is known about the nature of language? (b) What is known about the nature of the learner? (c) What are the aims of instruction? The paper concludes that a dialogic approach assists TESOL educators not only to support the learning of all students from a wide range of ability levels and ages but also to go beyond the classroom to view praxis as connecting with all communities with global perspective for social justice and peace.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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