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Cultural Sensitivity in the ClassroomCultural sensitivity is one of the most important aspects of teaching in a foreign classroom or of teaching to a diverse class of students. When teaching abroad some teachers of TEFL have not taken the time to study the country of their work. Also, some teachers that teach english in their home countries have never been to other countries or have not worked among people of different cultures. Consequently, sometimes teachers may unknowingly say or do something that may be offensive to some of the students in their classroom. Some of these mistakes are caused by cultural misunderstandings, and some of them may be caused by pure ignorance. There is a major difference in these two causes, but both can be remedied with time, patience, and understanding. When teaching in another country, it is easy for people to find themselves in awkward or frustrating situations. These awkward situations can result from the TEFL teacher making an error, a foreign co-worker making an error, or from a student making an error. In these situations, the teacher should first check him or herself. When first confronted with the situation, it is easy to fall into the assumption that the other person has said