DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITYDOROTHY M. BUSH COLLEGE OF EDUCATION“LANGUAGE DIVERSITY”SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL REQUIREMENTFOR THE COURSE EDUC 3313INTRODUCTION TO TEACHER CERTIFICATIONFOR INSTRUCTORROBERT D. BURGINBYJAMIE VITTITOW9/22/2016
1.What does this diversity mean?This diversity means that students speak different languages and can limited in learning when this happens. This can cause many difficulties and “schools continue to wrestle with how best to address the array of issues associated with students whose English is limited or nonexistent.” (Lynch, Matthew). All diversities are difficult to handle but language brings a barrier for both the teacher and other students.2.How does this diversity impact the student (or other students) in the classroom? Language diversity can have both a negative and positive impact on all parties involved. When people speak different languages there is always going to be some miscommunication which can affect the way that student learns. This could also cause the whole class time because the teacher has to spend extra time trying to explain different subjects to every student. Althoughthis can be really nerve racking, both teachers and students can learn from this diversity. “Surely a diverse classroom is the ideal laboratory in which to learn the multiple perspectives required bya global society and to put to use information concerning diverse cultural patterns.” (Saravia-Shore, Marietta) I completely agree with this quote and think that if done correctly students of different languages can learn English while sharing their first language with the English speakersaround them. This could engage all students in learning to be patient and accepting of other cultures other than their own.
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