Language and culture are often implicitly woven together in language classrooms and it’s easy to get caught up in teaching mainstream culture. But what does this do to learners’ own cultural identities and development, particularly for younger learners? How can educators honour the cultures that are in the classroom while recognizing the new culture that is being learned and formed together? What does it look like to be culturally responsive with learners trying to learn a new language?
Elementary educator Judie Haynes suggests 4 Pathways to a Culturally Responsive Classroom with tips for teaching to your language learners’ unique cultural strengths. The article contains links to other resources to support creating a culturally responsive environment and can be adapted to adult learner contexts as well.