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Meeting the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

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Overview / Abstract:

Today’s classrooms serve students and families of great diversity. In order to effectively meet the needs of all your students, it is essential that you, as a teacher, increase your awareness of the complex influences of culture, language, and life experiences. This graduate-level course will help you explore your own views on linguistic and cultural diversity, and discover a variety of resources and strategies that promote academic achievement for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Learn valuable strategies and effective practices that you can use immediately in your classroom.

Teaching Tangibles
Examine the characteristics of multicultural education.
Learn how to address potential cultural and linguistic barriers to learning (including English as a Second Language).
Analyze English-language learner teaching strategies in action and identify best practices in teaching linguistically and culturally diverse students.
Examine the connection between culture and learning, and learn how to support students' cultural differences.
Gain strategies for creating an equitable learning experience for all students.


Oct 16, 2020


Education (K-12)





Credits / Hours

3 semester hours

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Eugene Garcia, Ph.D.

Dr. Garcia has been the dean and a professor of education at Arizona State University’s (ASU) College of Education since 2002. In May 2003, he was given the additional role of vice president for University-School Partnerships. Prior to his position at ASU, Dr. Garcia was a professor of education at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Garcia, who has published extensively in the area of language teaching and bilingual development, served as a senior officer and director of the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs in the U.S. Department of Education from 1993 to 1995.

Kenji Hakuta, Ph.D.

Dr. Hakuta is the founding dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts at the University of California, Merced. An experimental psycholinguist by training, he is best known for his work in the areas of psycholinguistics, bilingualism, and the acquisition of English in immigrant students. He is the author and editor of several books, including Mirror of Language: The Debate on Bilingualism (1986) and In Other Words: The Science and Psychology of Second Language Acquisition (1994). Before joining UC Merced, Dr. Hakuta taught at Yale University and at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and most recently, he was the Vida Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University.

Sonia Nieto, Ed.D.

Dr. Nieto is a professor emeritus of language, literacy, and culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her scholarly work has focused on multicultural and bilingual education, curriculum reform, and teacher education. She has written numerous book chapters and articles on these themes. Her book, Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, is used widely in multicultural education and professional development courses. Other books include The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities and What Keeps Teachers Going?

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