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Rethinking Initial Teacher Education for Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom

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Author(s): Elizabeth Jennifer Coelho | Judith Oller | Josep María Serra

Journal: @tic : Revista d'Innovació Educativa
ISSN 1989-3477

Volume: 7;
Start page: 52;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: teacher preparation | teacher competences | linguistic and cultural diversity | intercultural education | inclusive schools

ABSTRACT
In recent decades, European educational systems are facing many challenges related to the treatment of cultural and linguistic diversity.The need to address this diversity requires new approaches to education; this in turn requires changes in the way we prepare teachers for the new reality they face in their classrooms. In this article we highlight some of the major problems that initial teacher training has to address in order to enable teachers to deal effectively, respectfully, and fairly with students whose linguistic and cultural background is different from their own. We also present several models for teacher education from Europe and North America based on clearly identified teacher competences for linguistic and cultural diversity.

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