Directions: Please answer each discussion question using 150 words each (must use intext citation APA style for discussion questions. Please reply to responses in 100 words each. This is an ESL (English Immersions for Second Language) Course.
Discussion Question 1: How could being knowledgeable about your students’ backgrounds and cultures inform your instructional planning?
Response 1: Christopher wrote: The better you get to know your students, the diversity of their cultural backgrounds, their individual learning strengths and weaknesses, and their likes and dislikes, the better the teacher can adjust instruction to motivate students to learn and to meet the needs of the students on both academic and emotional levels (How to Use Students’ Diverse Cultural Backgrounds to Enhance Academic Achievement, 2008). Adjusting instructional approaches and/or curriculum to provide a more culturally relevant learning experience helps to build stronger relationships between teachers and students, makes learning more relevant to students’ lives, and helps draw upon students’ prior knowledge and experiences, which can increase engagement and make for more lively group discussions (Burnham, 2020)