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A presentation at the Women without Frontiers International Conference

A presentation at the Women without Frontiers International Conference
Rhodes Palace - Rhodes, Greece
Saturday, September 27, 2008

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  • Promoting Peace via Cross-Cultural Online Projects in the Language Classroom by Buthaina Al-Othman Language Center, Kuwait University Guest Speakers: Vance Stevens (UAE), Nellie Deutsch (Israel), and Doris Molero (Venezuela) 9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece WOMEN AND CULTURE IN THEIR COMMON CULTURAL COURCE OF EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN Rhodes Palace - Rhodes, Greece Saturday, September 27, 2008 Women without Frontiers International Conference
  • Agenda
    • Background Information (WwF 2004 – 2008)
    • What is Peace
    • Major obstacles preventing peace in our
    • societies
    • Possible solutions to promote peace in our
    • different cultures
    • Guest speakers, Vance Stevens (UAE), Doris
    • Molero (Venezuela), and Nellie Deutsch (Israel)
    • talk about their collaborative online
    • projects for EFL/ESL teaching and learning
    • Suggestions & Recommendations
    9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece
  • Background Information (2004 – 2008) Women without Frontiers Peace Meeting - July 2004 9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece
  • Background Information (2004 – 2008)
      • Successful peace initiatives
    9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece
  • Background Information (2004 – 2008)
        • WwF Yahoo!G
    • Participation:
    • 10 members!
    • Activity:108
    • messages!
    9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece http://tinyurl.com/528eos
  • 9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece What Is Peace?
    • Peace and justice
    9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece What Is Peace Justice and Peace
  • 9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece What Is Peace
    • Peace means to many people the
    • highest quality of people living together
    • Tolerance, acceptance, understanding,
    • respect, dialogue are some of the values
    • peace includes
    • Cultural differences
    • Misunderstanding
    • Miscommunication
    9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece Major Obstacles Preventing Peace
  • Possible Solutions to Promote Peace (1)
    • Spread awareness about the benefits of
    • peace for children and adults in our societies
    • Highlight existing issues of discrimination
    • against gender, origin, beliefs, religion, and color
    • in our cultures
    • Join global and regional online peace promoting
    • networks, like iPeace, Peace One Day, and
    • mepeace.com to share peace, and make a difference
    9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece
  • Global & Regional Peace Networks Online 9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece
    • iPeace
    • Peace One Day
    • Mepeace.org
  • Possible Solutions to Promote Peace (2)
    • CONNECT with your colleagues around the world through joining professional communities of practice / and social learning networks online for learning, together, and for better understanding of our cultures
    9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece
  • Examples of EFL/ESL Global Professional Communities Online 9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece WEBHEADS COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE ONLINE http://tinyurl.com/26afzh
    • Vance Stevens
    • Lecturer in Computing at
    • the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE
    • CALL Coordinator and eLearning – IT/CMC
    • Specialist
    • More about Vance is at: http://www.vancestevens.com/vance.htm
    9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece WEBHEADS COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE ONLINE
  • Possible Solutions to Promote Peace (3)
    • CONNECT our classes (students and teachers) through collaborative educational cross-cultural projects online to learn more about our different cultures
    9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece
  • Global Cross-Cultural EFL Projects: Kuwait University Students Online Presentations 9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece http://tinyurl.com/3s5vyd
  • Global Cross-Cultural EFL Projects: Kuwaiti & Argentinean Students Talk about Cultural Differences 9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece http://tinyurl.com/3dbydu
  • 9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece Cultural Topics: Religion, Clothes, Greetings, Places, Music, Social Freedom
  • Global Cross-Cultural AFL Projects: Bringing Arabic Language to Oberlin Live & Online USA, Kuwait, KSA 9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece http://tinyurl.com/4527eh
  • Global Cross-Cultural EFL Online Projects: Writingmatrix
    • Doris Molero
    • EFL Professor at Universidad Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacin in Maracaibo Venezuela
    • Writingmatrix project at: http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com/
    • Doris's EFL Center at: www.doris3meflcenter.bravehost.com
    • More about Doris at: http://tinyurl.com/46swmd
    9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece
  • Global Cross-Cultural EFL Online Projects: Connecting Online
    • Nellie Deutsch
    • EFL Instructor for more than 30 years
    • She is a Canadian, currently residing in Israel
    • A researcher in Building Relationship and International Collaboration
    • Connecting Online is at:
    • http://connecting-online.ning.com/
    • More about Nellie at: http://tinyurl.com/3wumyh
    9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece
  • Suggestions & Recommendations
    • Create a social network online to connect members and friends of Women without Frontiers (WwF) everywhere in the world
    • Create Women without Frontiers Professional Groups to connect professionals who are interested in learning, together (e.g. Teachers & students Group, Doctors (MD.) Groups, Journalists Group, etc..)
    9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece
  • Q & A
    • URLs mentioned in this presentation can be
    • found at:
    • http://buthaina-wwf-peaceconf08.wikispaces/
    • Email to: [email_address]
    • Thank you!
    9/27/2008 Al-Othman, WwF Peace Meeting 08 - Rhodes, Greece