Absolutely. Although multi-cultural classrooms automatically offer their own built-in cultural lessons, a teacher will still need to foster the proper environment to deal with cultural differences that will undoubtedly still arise in the uni-cultural classroom. The teacher after all is his/her own cultural representative of his/her country and the students will definitely want to know about where he/she comes from. It is only natural. In order for teachers to create classroom environments that will foster better respect and understanding of cultural differences as well as exploring the many similarities that students and teachers individually share despite differences in culture, they must encourage dialogue. Polite discussions that include making comparisons and showcasing the differences and similarities between various cultures will definitely make for a more productive and satisfying classroom environment for both teachers and students.
tip#31 - Do ESL/EFL teachers need to deal with cultural differences in a uni-cultural classroom?
Author Courtney How