Date
16 August 2020

Include students' languages and cultures in classroom practice and lesson planning

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Valuing what each student brings to the classroom’

On this page:

Engage student languages

Engage student languages

Rae Siʻilata, urges educators to create opportunities for students to bring their language into the classroom.

Utilise personal experiences

Utilise personal experiences

Connect learning materials to student experiences.


Consider how you will plan to:

  • ask students about interests and personal experiences
  • learn about the cultural background of your students
  • use students’ interests to support the selection of materials and contexts for learning
  • enable learners to see and connect to their culture e.g. signs, choice of texts, poetry, art and music
  • enable learners to use their first language, for example providing texts in the different languages fiction and non-fiction books and magazines
  • work with learners to give agency, voice and choice over content.

Create authentic contexts

Create authentic contexts

Julie McLaughlin recounts how she adjusted lesson contexts to make them relevant. 

NZ Sign Language

NZ Sign Language

A parent describes how New Zealand Sign Language was introduced into her daughter’s school.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Thumbs Up! An introduction to New Zealand Sign Language

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Visit website

Website

iTunes: Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

Publisher: Kiwa Digital Limited

Price: One off charge £5.99

Visit website

Website

iTunes: Ministry of Education – Ready to Read

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Visit website

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Value what each student brings ”:

Return to the guide “Developing an inclusive classroom culture ”

Top