Person to Person Peacebuilding, Intercultural Communication and English Language Teaching : Voices from the Virtual Intercultural Borderlands
This book maps the discursive terrain and potential of person to person peacebuilding as it intersects with, and is embedded in, intercultural communication. It foregrounds the voices and discourses of participants who came together in the virtual intercultural borderlands of online exchange through a service-learning project with a non-profit organization which focused on peace through education in Afghanistan, primarily through English language tutoring. By analyzing the voices and perspectives of US-based tutors who are pre-service teachers of English as an Additional Language, in equal measure with the voices and perspectives of adult English learners in Afghanistan, the authors examine how intercultural interactants begin to work as peacebuilders. The participants describe the profound transformations they undergo throughout their intercultural tutoring journeys, transformations which evidence three dimensions of person to person peacebuilding: the personal, relational and structural. Inspired by these voices, the book further explores ways teachers and teacher educators of language and intercultural communication can more deliberately leverage the affordance of peacebuilding, whether face to face or in the virtual intercultural borderlands of online exchange.
Minett, Amy Jo; Dietrich, Sarah E.; and Ekici, Didem, "Person to Person Peacebuilding, Intercultural Communication and English Language Teaching : Voices from the Virtual Intercultural Borderlands" (2022). 2022 USF Faculty and Staff Books. 5.