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I am having difficulties with some questions regarding special education, and really need some help.

In what ways are teaching children from diverse cultures a special challenge?
The debate over the efficacy of billingual instruction has gone on for years and will most likely continue in this country. What are the pros and cons of billingual instruction versus total immersion?
Which do you believe is more effective and why?
Do you think all classes should be taught in English in public schools (excepting of course foreign language classes)?
Do you think high stakes testing is prejudicial to students who are not native English speakers? Why or Why not?
What would you do, if anything, to resolve any prejudice?
Are high stakes testing prejudicial to students from low SES? Why or why not?
What would you do, if anything, to resolve any prejudice?

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First of all, as you look at what ways are teaching children from diverse cultures a special challenge, you might need to know how they present different verbal challenges in the form of linguistic demands for teachers due to their special ESL/ELL language needs.

For example, please note how ESL/ELL students have to think first in their native languages and then translate the materials and lessons into the second language, English. Thus, teachers must modify their lessons in order to accommodate this demographic group like we do for Special Education pupils.

Besides linguistic challenges, we also have to modify our lessons to meet their needs through other examples. For example, teachers need to print our agendas on the board, not write in cursive. We also need to avoid true and false questions to help these learners. We also need to teach social norms and rules to them of American culture since each ethnic group has its own cultural customs, mannerisms, norms, beliefs.

For example, you might know that many Native American tribes and cultures do not look you in the eyes when talking to you as a sign of respect, the opposite of what most American teachers expect of their pupils. Instead of seeing a Native American child's lack of eye contact as belligerent and rebellious, we must also strive to talent about the cultures from which our students represent. Do you see what I mean?

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