Cultural Context: Language

According to Chapter 5 of your text, language is one of the many cultural contexts you will face in your classroom. Reflect on the suggestions listed in Chapter 5 to help you connect with families. Then, listen to the following podcast, Diverse Learners - Diane Torres-Velasquez or view the transcript. Dr. Diane Torres-Velásquez discusses cultural differences among English learners. She offers suggestions on how to make math culturally relevant to students. She addresses the following aspects: vocabulary, building a community of learners, high expectations, rewards, and pride. Choose a content area other than math, such as language arts or science, and complete the following chart in complete sentences in order to best teach your 4-year-old preschool students.

Content Area: __________

Activity/Strategy to make _________ culturally relevant to students.

Aspect Activity/Strategy Vocabulary Building a Community of Learners

High Expectations

Rewards Pride Method of sharing this information with families

Guided Responses: Review and respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. Choose two different aspects from your classmates’ charts and offer an additional activity or strategy to make the content area culturally relevant and meaningful. Also, offer one additional method for how they can share this information with students and their families.

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Cultural Context: Language

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