First language & culture learningPresentation Transcript
FIRST-LANGUAGE AND -CULTURE LEARNING IN LIGHT OF GLOBALIZATION: THE CASE OF MUSLIMS IN FLANDERS AND IN THE BRUSSELS AREA, BELGIUM
Teachers are responsible for educating diverse groups of students in this globalized world
By becoming familiar with their cultures, social backgrounds, and families, teachers can make strong connections with each student
Keeping students connected with their culture of origin will build a basis of trust and respect between parents, family members, and educators
Connecting students to their first language means knowing the basics and showing support of this language
Working with parents to learn about their first language is a productive way to integrate it into the classroom
As stated in Roosens essay, “Developing and keeping an emotional attachment to their first language is important for immigrant children since a first language offers emotional support that a second language does not” (Suarez-Orozco, 2007, p.257)
Due to the wide variety of diverse learners in today’s educational society, teachers are required have an intercultural or multicultural way of thinking
Intercultural education can be in every school, which takes the focus away from students with an immigrant background, and creates a more neutral place (Roosens, 2007)
According to Roosens, it may be beneficial for educators not to know too much about a certain culture, in order to avoid stereotyping, due to the fact that cultures are always transforming (2007)
School districts who offer first language and culture classes are trying to keep minority students connected with their background
In order for students to be successful in these classes, they need to develop intercultural skills
To improve school performance of immigrant youth, school curriculum needs to take into account today’s youth and their culture, language, religion, and socioeconomic status.
By teaching intercultural skills and supporting the diversity found in classrooms, students will be successful in this globalized education system.