Accommodating culturally diverse learners

In today’s classrooms teachers work with a variety of students with a diverse range of backgrounds and therefore a wide variety of learning needs.

Statistics show that Canada's foreign-born population is at its highest level in 70 years and Canada’s visible minority population has tripled since 1981 (Coalition for Equal Access to Education).

Today we're going to meet three students: Giang, Isabella, and Alex. How can we accommodate these diverse students in physical education class? Giang is a student who was born and partially raised in Vietnam.

The final student is also from a different country but is only beginning to learn English.

English Language Learners (ELL) or English as a Second Language (ESL) students are students who first learned to speak, read and/or write a language(s) other than English.

ESL students may have recently (im)migrated to Canada or may have been born in Canada and live in homes in which the primary language is not English.

His research focuses on effective instruction and intervention for students at risk of experiencing learning difficulties. Kame'enui is Dean-Knight Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Outreach in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.

Douglas Carnine addresses effective teaching through a number of roles: researcher, instructional designer, teacher trainer, consultant, implementation manager and finally policy advisor.

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This partnership can set the stage for a variety of scenarios that meet the needs of diverse-needs learners in a classroom.

How can we apply this knowledge to physical education?

Well, it will be up to the teacher to first form a balance of activities that hit on both of these two value systems so that no one is left out and both value systems are accommodated for.

In the case of Daniel we can see that he feels untrained and unsure about how to accommodate for the ELL student in his social studies class.

In this section we will look at some strategies for working with ELL students in the mainstream classroom.

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