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Cultural SensitivityWhen going to a new country it is apparent that we will have to face a different culture from our own which is where the term culture shock comes into play. However, we as teachers in a foreign land need to be culturally sensitive in our daily lives but especially in the classroom when dealing with monolingual students. How can we as teachers bring cultural sensitivity to the classroom? “There are many ESL classroom and cultural sensitivity issues that teachers must address to ensure they are delivering language instruction without prejudice, discrimination, or bias. By understanding the potential problems with cultural sensitivity, teachers can avoid creating an english-centric classroom while increasing their students’ language skills.” (ESL Classroom and Cultural Sensitivity. (n.d.). When entering an ESL classroom for the first time teachers must put aside their bias and/or assumptions of the students. Often times when teachers teach ESL students they assume they should understand everything that is being said to them and when they don’t then the student gets the label of lazy or unintelligent. “An ESL student may be less willing to approach a teacher for extra help or tutoring. This can