Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Goals to effectively teach CLD learners

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Goal #1

My goal is to use the information learned in this class in order to become a more culturally responsive teacher.

Rationale:

  • A culturally sensitive teacher who takes a pluralistic approach to teaching believes that different language groups can work together in harmony with one language not being any more important that another language.
  • Culturally and linguistically responsive teachers appreciate that bilingualism and multiculturalism are assets to learning rather than being detrimental to learning.


Steps to reach my goal:

  • Invite students to share their culture with classmates
  • Encourage students to maintain their own cultural identity
  • Provide opportunities to learn about languages other than Spanish and English in class
  • View language as a resource and understand that information known is transferable from language to language
  • Incorporate a pluralistic approach while planning lessons
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Goal #2

My next goal is to use what I have learned in this class in order to increase the number of Spanish-speaking and CLD parent volunteers in my classroom through building positive partnerships with students and their families.

Rationale:
  • Frequent communication between teachers and family members will model the message that education is important, that working hard is the way to make goals a reality, and that staying in school is essential.

Steps to reach my goal:
  • Be more intentional in reaching out to CLD students and their families through various means of communication
  • Invite Spanish-speaking parents to come give guest lessons about culture from various Spanish-speaking countries as well as differences in the Spanish language from region to region
  • Start a Spanish club at school and invite students, parents, and other family members to attend
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Goal #3

I have also set a goal to use CLD educational strategies in my planning.

Rationale:
  • Studies have proven that literacy instruction provided in one language (a native language) will facilitate second language literacy development
  • Students who receive explicit phonological instruction in English achieve at significantly higher levels in single-word reading, decoding, and phonological skills than students who do not receive this explicit phonological instruction

Steps to reach my goal:
  • Use phonics in my classroom in order to teach and practice with various themes of vocabulary
  • Use semantic mapping and other graphic organizers to facilitate reading comprehension and writing skills