Language Acquisition Learning a second language is difficult and tackling writing is one of the most challenging aspects! This resource is great for explaining how kids learn to write in a new language!


The Importance of a Child’s First Language Many students come to school speaking another language. Sometimes, this is viewed as a barrier between the student and their English education. When educators view a second language as an asset, the entire school can benefit.

The Relationship Between Language and Culture It is generally agreed that language and culture are closely related. Language can be viewed as a verbal expression of culture. It is used to maintain and convey culture and cultural ties. Language provides us with many of the categories we use for expression of our thoughts, so it is therefore natural to assume... Continue Reading →


Top 10 Ways to Introduce Culture


topic-image_culture.jpgGreat site to get the conversations rolling when wanting to form a culturally responsive classroom!

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Sometimes I think, “Where do I even start?” when introducing a culture I may no nothing about. The awesome thing about this is that it becomes a learning opportunity for me, the teacher! The website shares some simply ideas of topics or cultural concepts to bring up and discuss. It is a great opportunity to have the culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) student share his or her experiences, background, culture, and interests. This is a way for them to communicate with peers, open up questions, and for us to celebrate a culture we are unfamiliar with.

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10 Ghanaian Foods You Must Eat

Try out these 10 Ghanaian foods that you "must eat before you die!"


Perceptions of Time: Differences Across Cultures

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One of the biggest differences between the United States and other cultures around the world are perceptions of time. Every culture has a different understanding and value of time. To Americans, “time is money” and we have to “save time” and “not waste time.” We constantly multitask and do everything automatic, instant and drive-thru. Most (not all) other cultures are much more relaxed about their idea of time than we are. This is important to understand, especially when meeting people from other countries and cultures in order to avoid misunderstandings and to better understand how they approach time-related tasks. To help educators become more informed about this topic, I’ve compiled some interesting articles and a short video to contrast how people from different cultural backgrounds perceive time.

Check out these articles:

On Cultural Time – Intercultural Communication

NOBA Time and Culture

How Different Cultures Understand Time

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Mother’s Day Around the World Mother's Day is celebrated differently all around the world. Take a look! Happy Mother's Day!


Cultural Traditions Around the World

Amazing videos showing various traditions around the world such as childbirth, weddings, and funerals. Source: Cultural Traditions Around the World


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