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Services - Professional Development Workshops

Cultural Diversity and Language Learning: Developing and implementing culturally responsive instruction

How do adults learn a new language and other critical information and skills when their comfort zone is still in their home country? What do practitioners need to know to help students of different cultures live and work in this new culture?

Participants learn about the cultural diversity of learner populations in the United States, a specific state, or a specific region; and work with scenarios that highlight challenges related to age, gender, language, educational background, culture, and religion that may affect the speed and ease with which English language learners acquire English in and outside the classroom. As an interim assignment, they create activities that are responsive to the diversity in their classes. They then present their activities and the results of their use, and work in groups to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of and potential improvements to their activities.

Participants learn about how to develop instruction that is responsive to the learners in their programs and develop instructional practices and activities that create a supportive and effective cultural climate that will enhance student motivation and learning.

Expected outcomes:

  • Develop general and specific principles for valuing and building on cultural diversity.
  • Network with other practitioners to enhance their cultural sensitivity practices.
  • Create classroom activities to support a positive cultural climate.
  • Develop knowledge and skills related to assessment to inform development of culturally sensitive activities.
  • Develop cultural sensitivities and demonstrate attitudinal shifts that contribute to an effective cultural climate.

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CAL staff will work with you to customize our services to meet your special requirements and budget.
For more information:
Call: 202-362-0700

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