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Cultural sensitivity in the classroom
The Cambridge online dictionary defines culture as ‘the way of life, especially the general customs and beliefs, of a particular group of people at a particular time’. Cultural sensitivity means being aware that cultural differences and similarities exist and have an effect on values, learning, and behavior. (Stafford, Bowman, Eking, Hanna, & Lopoes-DeFede (1997) Cultural sensitivity in an ESL classroom is best dealt with when students are made aware of each others’ unique culture and heritage and start to understand and be sensitive thereof. It will be essential for the teacher to show a sense of respect of the customs, norms and beliefs of the students to get their participation and make them feel comfortable in the classroom. From my own experiences over the past few years in Saudi Arabia, I can say that any offence or disrespect towards the beliefs and culture of the students will be detrimental to the mutual respect and effective continuation of teaching. In Saudi Arabia, any social interaction is marked by strong gender segregation and respect to age. Men and women seldom interact outside the domestic space of families and confines of a home. This is totally opposite to what we are exposed to in the Western world,