In the present modern world cultural diversity has become a common notion. But the children who come from different cultural and linguistic background feel like they’re moving to a different world when they go from home to school. Due to the fact that the teachers often have a different culture and language when compared to the individuals family. The expectation and patterns of communication in the classroom may also differ from those at home to these children.
The teachers cannot hope to understand the student who sits before them unless they connect with the families and communities and understand the culture from which the children have come. The cultural difference between teacher and the children can result in an uncomfortable classroom experience for some children and teacher. The teacher should have the ability to understand the culturally diverse student and appropriately interact with members of different cultures in a variety of situations. This approach requires the teacher to understand the viewpoint of those children who come from different cultural backgrounds and to understand their view and to accommodate them and make them feel comfortable with the different cultural settings present in the school atmosphere.
Conclusion – most of the culturally and linguistically diverse families have different types of education, beliefs, customs, the differ from those reflected in the expectation of mainstream schools. It is the task of the teacher to understand and appreciate cultural difference and the heterogeneity of knowledge which this culture processes and appreciate their cultural background and this is more likely to provide enriching and responsive learning environment that celebrate and capitalize on children’s cultural difference. Teachers should conduct workshops and interact with the parents and get a understanding from the culturally diverse parents .