ERIC Number: ED419386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
A Multicultural Approach for Empowerment in Language Arts Classrooms.
Suleiman, Mahmoud F.
It is argued that the increasing linguistic and cultural diversity in public schools requires teachers to be more sensitive to how children maintain effective cross-cultural communication, and be aware of barriers that affect interaction in culturally diverse classrooms. Sociocultural factors that shape the perspectives of all students should be considered in language arts programs. The work of a number of researchers concerning the role of language in the classroom, both in general and for language minority children, is reviewed and the language- and culture-related issues that should be addressed in teacher education are discussed. Ten assumptions underlying language arts education are outlined, and ways in which language arts teachers should celebrate and value diversity are enumerated, drawing on recent research. Finally, guidelines are offered for addressing students' communication needs in multicultural settings, including both conceptual concerns and practical classroom techniques. Contains 44 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A