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    6: Valuing Diversity in Learners

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Assignment Now that you have read the research and viewed the video discussion on working with diverse learners, you will examine the topic further by looking at ways to address the needs of different types of learners that you may have in your class.

A. Strategies for Working With Diverse Learners

In the following interactive activity, you will have the opportunity to read about four categories of learners that may be part of a typical foreign language classroom: heritage language learners, students with learning disabilities, students with different learning styles, and students in different levels. For each category of learners, you will do the following:
  • Read a summary of the issues related to working with this type of learner.
  • Read reflections from a teacher or a group of teachers about how they have accommodated this type of learner in their classrooms.
  • Read about a particular learning scenario for each type of learner and describe the strategies you might use to address the scenario. Print out your strategies to submit as part of your assignment. You will also have the opportunity to read how other teachers have responded to this scenario.
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B. Reflect on the Activity

After comparing the sample answers with your strategies for working with diverse learners, reflect on the following questions:
  1. How might you gather information on the students in your class so that you are able to address their diverse needs?
  1. Consider the needs of the different types of learners that you explored in the interactive activity. Which kinds of learners are you currently most comfortable accommodating? Which kinds of learners pose the greatest challenge to you? How might you begin to research ways to accommodate these learners' needs to meet that challenge?
Assignment Print out your strategies for working with the four categories of learners and write a brief summary of what you learned from this activity to submit as an assignment.


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