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Culturally Sensitive ClassroomIn Japan, it is the ultimate faux-pas to blow your nose in public. In India, stepping on someone's foot is a major, unclean insult. In Argentina and other South American countries, closer communication space means taking a step back is an insult. When teaching english to other cultures on their native turf, teachers are faced with similar challenges to those of the teacher in their own native country yet in a classroom of diversified cultures unified in the pursuit of language. To have a truly culturally sensitive classroom, a teacher must be educated about the cultures they deal with, effective at classroom management and equality, and must envision potential problems along with solutions. To begin with, the teacher of a culturally sensitive classroom must be educated about the cultures they are encountering. Amidst a monolingual classroom in a foreign country, a teacher must be highly aware of the etiquette and cultural norms of the class, in addition to their own perspective of the culture. As stated by Women on the Road's article “Stereotypes”, “Stereotypes are born when we apply the personality paintbrush to an entire culture based on our experiences with just a few individuals. We pre-define