Literacy And Language Diversity In The Classroom

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MULTI-LITERACIES AND LANGUAGE DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM

Life and learning would be effortless if we all conversed in the exact same dialect. There would be no confusion or no misunderstandings. But obviously this is not the reality of today’s language. There are many factors that contribute to our learning, when it comes to both the spoken English language and literacy.
There will always be diversity in today’s classrooms. All children are unique. Unique in their upbringing, unique in their surroundings, unique in their beliefs. This in turn leads to each child acquiring and using information differently to one another. A classroom houses both teachers and students from diverse cultural, geographical and social backgrounds. Another reason for language diversity, which can impose into the classroom, is time.
I will now endeavour to explain, in a little more detail, how these factors have influenced our language, and why we need to be aware of this in today’s classroom.

It is most certainly, always the case, that a child will learn whatever language they have been exposed to. Young learners are like sponges, they will absorb all this information that surrounds them. This ability is not dependant on race, gender, or even intelligence. It basically refers to their socially acquired knowledge. A child’s language is a product of the thoughts and behaviour of their society. As stated by Fellows and Oakley (2014), “Children learn language as a member of a
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