Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Presentation

The link below provides information regarding working with culturally and linguistically diverse families.

Some of the challenges and solutions dealing with culturally and linguistically diverse in education.

1. Challenge                                                                           

Low Teacher Expectations                                               

1. Solutions

Evaluate own biases.

Appreciate and accommodate the similarities and differences among the students' cultures

2. Challenge

Teacher Quality

2. Solution

Required student practicums and internships in diverse settings

Require ESL courses for teachers

Integration of significant diversity content in all course work

3. Challenge

Standardized Tests

3. Solutions

Use a variety of instructional strategies and learning activities.

Provide frequent reviews of the content learned.

4.Challenge

Home-School Mismatches

4. Solutions

Incorporate objectives for affective and personal development.

Consider making a home visit to show the student that you are willing to go the extra mile to learn about  the student

5. Challenge

Socioeconomic Challenge

5. Solutions

Do not automatically attribute a student’s difficulty to upbringing, low income, or environment

Take a positive approach and always build on the student’s strengths

Use a variety of instructional strategies

Daniel, J. & Friedman, S. (2005, November). Preparing Teachers to Work with                                      Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children. Beyond the Journal.  Retrieved                     June 27, 2015 from http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/200511                                              /DanielFriedmanBTJ1105.pdf

Terry, N. & Irving, M. (2010). Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Issues in Education.                                  Retrieved June 27, 2015 from http://www.kendallhunt.com/uploadedFiles                          /Kendall_Hunt/Content/Higher_Education/Upload                                                                  /Colarusso_CH04_5e.pdf

Evidenced Based Instructional Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Diversity

Diversify the composition of the multidisciplinary teams and offer training

Compare student performance in both native and secondary languages.

Identify diverse life experiences that may affect learning.

Establish a comfortable learning environment that encourages the use of both languages.

Supplement oral instruction and descriptions with visuals such as pictures, charts, amps, graphs, and graphic organizers.

Hart, J. (2009).  Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students With                               Special Needs. Preventing School Failure. Vol. 53 No. 3. Retrieved June 28,                           2015, http://practicalstrategies.wmwikis.net/file/view                                                               /Strategies+for+Culturally+and+Linguistically+Diverse+Students.pdf

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