The Art of Teaching Multi-Cultural Students

TalkShop art of teachingGlobal developments have transformed today’s classroom into a multi-cultural setting. Today, it is not sufficient for a teacher to simply prepare lessons and impart these based on old school instruction. He has to make his teaching inclusive, taking into consideration the varying cultures and behaviors of his multi-cultural students.

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO explains, “There are a few teachers who are culturally competent. This does not happen over time. It requires learning methods, teaching skills, and a new outlook to be able to manage the diverse setting. Schools will do well to address this need, and equip teachers to be able to accept, respect, and engage students. Indeed, each student, regardless of race, should be given equal opportunity to learn.

How can teachers work at learning culture tolerance and acceptance? Viesca offers these tips:

1. Respect and value differences. Each varying cultural views and dimensions can enrich individual perspectives and understanding.

2. Identify barriers and obstacles that must be addressed to avoid misunderstandings.

3. Believe all that students can be taught. Adjust your teaching style and techniques according to how the can learn best.

4. Make the lessons relevant to the daily lives of the students. In the case of teaching English, learning to order from a menu, filling out bank forms, ordering for home delivery, or coping with daily conversations are examples of relevant and meaningful lessons.

TalkShop, a teaching facility in Makati, offers carious teaching and coaching programs to aid teachers in becoming culturally sensitive and responsive educators as called for by today’s diversity.


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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+


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