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Multiculturalism in the classroom a presentation

  1. 1. MULTICULTURALISM IN THE CLASSROOM A Presentation on Multiculturalism and Diversity in Education By Vicky Loras REFORM SYMPOSIUM FOR EDUCATION, RSCON3 29-31 July 2011
  2. 2. My Multicultural Story <ul><li>Born in Canada
  3. 3. Parents born in Greece but raised in Canada
  4. 4. Family history dating back 300 years: Ancestors in France, Italy, then Greece...
  5. 5. Before that: Who knows? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Young Learners (Image by Richard Radstone)
  7. 7. Ideas for Young Learners <ul><li>Get them talking about their own countries first: Flags, Food, Climate, People – Anything!
  8. 8. Show and Tell: They can bring in things from their countries (objects, souvenirs, food, even music and songs)
  9. 9. Then they start asking each other – Interaction !
  10. 10. DIFFERENT IS GREAT...DIFFERENT IS BEAUTIFUL! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Books on Culture for Young Learners <ul><li>The Crayon Box That Talked
  12. 12. by Shane Derolf and Michael Letzig
  13. 13. The Story of Ruby Bridges
  14. 14. by Robert Coles
  15. 15. Can You Say Peace?
  16. 16. by Karen Katz
  17. 17. Harvesting Hope – The Story of Cesar Chavez
  18. 18. by Kathleen Krull </li></ul>
  19. 19. Adult Students <ul>First-lesson icebreakers (great opportunities for cultural elements to appear): <li>Would you take the last piece of cake at a reception, if you were hungry?
  20. 20. How would you feel if a colleague of yours got the job you really wanted?
  21. 21. How would you react if a colleague disagreed with your way of approaching a work problem?
  22. 22. (Cambridge Business English Activities, 2000) </li></ul>
  23. 23. Where you can read and find out more about multiculturalism: <ul><li>Multiculturalism in the Classroom , Article in English Teaching Professional , May 2005
  24. 24. My blog on education http://vickyloras.wordpress.com
  25. 25. Read my guest post on Barbara Hoskins-Sakamoto's blog Teaching Village :
  26. 26. http://www.teachingvillage.org/ </li></ul>
  27. 27. Contact me: <ul><li>I can e-mail you various materials I have collected over the years. Feel free to :
  28. 28. E-mail me: [email_address]
  29. 29. Skype with me: vicky.loras
  30. 30. Connect on Twitter: @vickyloras
  31. 31. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING!!! </li></ul>

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