Plea to Second Language Educators

POETRY FORMAT, 21 Mar 2022

Prof. Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Dear second language educators,

When to your teaching Peace Linguistics you apply
your students achieve more than communication
They experience a deep transformation
and with these principles they learn to comply:
The peaceful use of language edifies
and creates a world that unifies
Let’s commit to character-elevation
and enhance our dignity cultivation
Let’s share a Love for Life celebration
and develop an Art for Peace appreciation
let’s use languages for intercultural cooperation
and overcome all types of linguistic discrimination
Let’s share a world where compassion everywhere is true
where the languages we use will help anticipate what will be peacefully new


Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, Associação Brasil América ( He can be reached at

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