Tips For Teachers

FOSTERING A MULITLITERATE CLASSROOM SPANISH HEBREW CHINESE BRAILLE GREEK ARABIC FRENCH ENGLISH VIETNAMESE, JAPANESE, and ITALIAN TIPS for TEACHERS CONCLUSION



Page 77 Schwarzer (2001) states:

"There are four basic ways to deal with students' native languages in the school setting: to forbid them, to allow them, to maintain them, or to foster them."

As educators, we see the importance of not only allowing languages in your classroom, but the importance of fostering them. We have helpful hints for teachers in the classroom and those soon to enter.  We would really love to hear your feedback and suggestions are welcomed (please refer to the homepage for contact information) as well as success stories of how certain methods worked for you.

  • Have a variety of texts in the classroom about families, cultures, and languages.
  • Insure that texts in your classroom are provided in a variety of langauges.
  • Discuss your own personal background( even if you have to go back generations).
  • Allow students to discuss their native language and culture.
  • Listen to diverse cultural music and learn multicultural dances.
  • Celebrate holidays from around the world on their calendar date in the classroom.