Cultural Diversity in Your Classroom-Rerun LAURA BRAZZABENI

This is the link of the introduction with my presentation and the presentation of my school.

CFP For.Ma Mantova Italy

21st February 2017: international day of mother tongue.

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How to become an intercultural competent teacher

Learning Objectives:

Reflect on own intercultural competence and identify ways how to become a more interculturally competent teacher

Develop ideas on how to develop students' intercultural competence

Share and explore resources that can be used in culturally diverse classrooms

1.1 why address cultural diversity in school?

key word: DIVERSITY

My school is full of migrants and foreign students, being a vocational school whew you can learn a job and train it in 3-4 years.

In classes this migrants you can have diversity but also a lot of multiculture.

Problems: create self-esteem.

1.2 developing intercultural competence as a teacher

cultural values



impact on us being Teachers and on students, too

religious and family background

SIRIUS is a European policy network on the education of children and young people with a migrant background.

be open to others, be aware of differences (organize an African, Asian, Brazilian ... day; experimentwhat is new, food, too, but also transmit Italian culture to newly arrived students. Learn what you don't know about them and make them learn what they don't know about you.


food in the different countries

to take into account:

  • language
  • pedagogy
  • social identity
  • parent involvement
  • community relations

1.3 sharing teaching resources

my proposal: Google Earth

1.4 developing intercultural competences of your students

encourage curiosity and communication with the world outside the classroom.

  • get to know new students
  • cultural differences
  • approach to a new culture
  • 4cs
  • individualize personalization
  • use of technology
  • create situations with project-based approach
  • create stories of newly arrived students (their past experience)
my motto: together in differences and encourage dialogue: getting to know through differences

1.5 reflect on your own practices

RESULT: open and reflexctive to accomodate and value the diversity.


near where I live in Tuscany (Marina di Grosseto)


The Learning Objects for this module are:

Develop methods how you can work with students who do not speak the language of instruction very well

Identify ways how to build a sense of belonging and identity in your class and your school

Reflect on how you develop empathy and open-mindedness

Prepare a lesson plan that incorporates activities, ideas, etc. of what you have learned on this course

Reflect about what makes a good lesson that develops intercultural competence of students by reviewing the work of three other course participants

info about students and cultural background; relationship with students and among students

I teach in a vocational school, my students are aged 13-19 aand they will become beauticians or commis de cuisine. There are students coming from all over the world and they speak 15 different languages. Foreign students (also 9-10 out of 25 students in each class) are of low cultural background and have economical problems, too. My relationship with them is very good as I Always try to have them at the centre of attention, being a Language teacher and Always making references to their mother tongue. with Italiaan students there aare sometimes problems if there are Roma, sinti, gypsyĀ students.

2.1 example activities to develop students' intercultural competence

Use of innovative pedagogies like project-based or problem-based Learning and personalized Learning.

Share different cultural background.

I did a project with cooks: EATING CHRISTMAS IN THE WORLD

  • use of technology (smartphones, pc, Google photos, ....)
  • production of recipes in the school laboratory.

2.2 supporting students with different first languages

Multilinguality of the classroom as a tool for engaging students.

I allow students speaking thei mother tongue sometimes at school (collaborative laerning) and speaking 6 languages when I do L2 lessons i try to use italian but also their mother tongue or another tongue they learnt in other schools or in other countries.

2.3 webinar "the Language profile"

a door opener to intercultural disscussions.

we were a few but it was a really interesting hour together.

2.4 creating a sense of belonging and identity in your class and school

this is a challenge.

2.5 developing empathy and open mindedness

ENABLE: a project with lesson plans linked to bullying topics.

In my school: project UNPLAGGED.

2.6 finally activity: designa lesson plan and review your peers


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