If one observes any social setting of the modern world today, one will find that there is a clear presence of several heterogeneous groups. Be it an office, an IT company, or a classroom. Globalization has made its foray into our lives and it is difficult to find an exclusively homogeneous group, based on the origin of their country or the like.
One will be met with a culturally diverse group instead. Since this change in order has come to be, the need for assimilating these diverse groups into one homogeneous group becomes imperative for the smooth flow of any organization or a social setting, and that is why intercultural communication becomes important.
It is very important to have cultural diversity in any classroom because it opens the minds of students (and others) to a different experience. Imagine having a classroom setting that has a mix of different cultures and origins. How does that help? It opens the minds of students to an enriching experience.
They learn about different cultures, its varied ways and techniques, and the lifestyle of the people belonging to that culture, among other things. In the process, it leads to a lot of learning. Teaching cultural diversity to students is therefore very, very important because it provides young minds with an entirely new learning experience.
Their belief in their own culture will be enriched and it will make them more open to diversity. Thus it will lead to less prejudice. Here are some ways in which one can promote cultural diversity.
Change the seating arrangements of the students from time to time and place them with a different student each time. This will allow them to interact with different people and learn something more about them. Sitting in the same place will not help them to know others.
- Find someone who is from a different country.
- What language do they speak?
- What is a popular festival in their country?
There are several activities that one can conduct to promote cultural diversity in the classroom. Here are some of them:
- Each student has to come forward and relate a practice that is exclusive to their culture.
- Play a film, then ask the students to relate it.
- Choose a folklore song or tune and let the students learn it, then sing it together.
This is an excellent medium to promote music and films of varied cultures. So also, one can put up a bookstall that houses diverse books.
These were some methods by which cultural diversity can be successfully promoted in a classroom setup. Add some of your own to these, and then go have a frolicking time with your class.