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Cultural Sensitivity in the ESL ClassroomThe 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.’ Education is an essential and important part of nearly every culture on earth. Therefore teachers, especially ESL teachers, need to demonstrate cultural sensitivity in the classroom. For the teacher to effectively communicate in the classroom, the students must have respect for the teacher. The teacher must build a good rapport with their students. Rapport is vital because it creates a situation where everyone is treated with respect and students have equal access to quality education. For this to happen the teacher must know the cultural norms, customs, and beliefs that her students have grown up with and value. To disrespect someone else’s culture is a major offense and would be detrimental for the teacher. As an American going to teach ESL in South Korea it is important that I research and have a basic understanding of the cultural differences between where I learned about teaching and the place where I am going to be teaching. Many Korean people, adults and children,