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Unit planning that responds to cultural and linguistic diversity

Students in your classroom may be English language learners (ELLs). Others may use "mainstream" or "standard" English, but their home background or cultural practices may differ from the communication and academic norms present in your classroom. Knowing all your students, both linguistically and culturally, can help you decide how your instruction may need to be adapted to particular students in order to promote their learning and help them become active participants in your learning community.

Three strategies lead you through a process of learning about each individual in your class and ways to think about making your unit planning responsive to all learners:

Strategy #1: Do I know my learners culturally and linguistically?

Strategy #2: How do language and culture impact learning opportunities?

Strategy #3: How can I extend my unit plans to respond to culture and language?

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