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6: Valuing Diversity in Learners

Introduction
Before You Watch
Analyze the Video
Examine the Topic
Put it Into Practice
Action Research Project
Reflect on Your Learning

Resources
Library Video Chart
Printouts
Assignments
When learners come into the classroom, they don't divest themselves of their cultural experiences or their linguistic background. They bring all of that with them to the classroom. So it's incumbent upon the teacher to accommodate that wide array of learners.

- Marjorie Hall Haley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, George Mason University


Learning Goals

How do you accommodate the needs of diverse learners in a foreign language classroom? In this session, you'll review relevant research, observe video discussions and classroom examples, and do activities on working with learners who are at different levels and who have different learning abilities and approaches. At the end of this session, you will better understand how to:
  • identify the various aspects of diversity that affect foreign language learning; and
  • explore strategies for improving the learning of all students in your classroom.

Key Terms

differentiated instruction
heritage speaker
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
learning style
multiple intelligences


Materials Needed

A sample Individualized Education Program (IEP) or other district-specific form for students with special needs (optional). For more information, see Put It Into Practice.



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Examine the Topic | Put It Into Practice | Action Research Project | Reflect on Your Learning
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