Innovation in Elementary Classrooms: Integrating the Teaching of English, History and Peace Linguistics

  • Noriko Ishihara
  • Terumi Orihashi
  • Zachary Clark
Part of the New Language Learning and Teaching Environments book series (NLLTE)


In a world of globalized communication and conflicts, it is critical for future generations in Japan to learn to build connections constructively and maintain respectful communities in English. Accordingly, elementary instruction was implemented whereby peace education content was integrated with the language of empathy from a peace linguistics perspective alongside linguistic politeness theory. Analysis found that the students learned local war-time history and developed compassion and awareness of diversity. Students’ communication in English was driven by a genuine desire to interact; although they were unable to formulate questions in English alone, their efforts were scaffolded by the teachers. The students’ learning can be attributed to fruitful collaboration across multiple subject areas and academic fields as well as between educators across various branches of education.


Peace linguistics Peace education Linguistic politeness Empathy Openness Respect Diversity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noriko Ishihara
    • 1
  • Terumi Orihashi
    • 2
  • Zachary Clark
    • 3
  1. 1.Hosei UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Board of EducationKomoro Higashi Elementary SchoolKomoroJapan
  3. 3.Board of EducationKomoro Higashi Junior High SchoolKomoroJapan

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