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Language, Identity and Diversity     

Language, Identity and Multicultural Education

Teacher identity, 21st Century Skills, and world language education are essential components for building a multicultural/multilingual community of excellence. Through activities and real-world examples, it is helpful to explore the role that culture and language play in global education initiatives. Teachers are encouraged to explore both the identities of their students as well as their own, as these identities have profound effects on classroom practice. Identity can be represented in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, economic status, language, religion, learning styles, ability, special needs, sexual orientation, and others.


Books and resources

Book: Voices of Diversity Stories, Activities and Resources for the Multicultural Classroom
Author: Lori Langer de Ramirez
Book: Take Action! Lesson Plans for the Multicultural Classroom
Author: Lori Langer de Ramirez
Video: How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop
Author: Richard LaVoie
Video: It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School
Filmmakers: Debra Chasnoff & Helen Cohen

 Voices of Diversity

 Take Action!

 FAT City

 It's Elementary

Handouts and Presentations
  • Language, Identity, and the Multicultural School: PowerPoint presentation
  • Invisible Knapsack/Presentation handoutMS Word document with the invisble knapsack template, an overview of the main points, Internet links and bibliographic references. 

Invisible knapsack

Links and Online Resources

  • LDOnline - an interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers and children, the ABC's of learning disabilities, an "ask-the-expert" page and other helpful resources
  • GLSEN - The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, information about how to effect change in your state, lists of resources, current issues in the news and student pride
  • Teaching Tolerance - a site "dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect and understanding in the classroom and beyond", many free teacher resources (inlcuding a wondering bi-annual magazine) are available
  • TESOL - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages - the site includes links to issues in educating English Language Learners, publications, and other resources
  • NAME - The National Association for Multicultural Education - includes position papers, links to online resources and information about conferences and publications for diversity and equity education