Amira Mills & Elena Borelli

Engaging with Racial Differences: Languages Curriculum & Resources Oriented Strategies

From a diversity perspective, all students should receive an education that continuously affirms human diversity’ (Plessis, Pierre & Bisschoff, Tom. (2007). Diversity and complexity in the classroom). The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect, as it entails recognizing our individual differences. These can include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, or other ideologies. Diversity is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment.

Direct engagement with ‘human diversity’ and differences could prove to be a more effective strategy towards diversity competence than the simple identification of the differences. Such engagement can be actively represented in language curriculum design and resources selection with a view to increase classroom inclusivity.

In the first part of the presentation, a brief review of theoretical approaches to inclusivity, diversity inclusivity and diversity competence will be discussed. The second part will look at how language classes can be structured to promote such engagement, embedding resources that proactively eliminate discrimination and discuss some pedagogical strategies that foster and promote inclusivity.

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