Culturally Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

Interviews with Amy Heineke

Overview of Culturally Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

In Part One of our three-part series, Dr. Amy Heineke introduces and explains Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classroom (CLD) – giving educators practical and applicable tips to begin teaching in response to the needs of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Dr. Heineke also discusses the importance and relevance of CLD as she outlines how ELL students learn and develop language – and how all teachers, no matter what grade level or subject matter – can assist ELL students in developing their English proficiency. Dr. Heineke was kind enough to provide her CLD Approach Comparison Chart which you can access for free below.

CLD in the Elementary Classroom

In Part Two of our three-part series, Dr. Amy Heineke discusses how teaching in response to the needs of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds fit into the Elementary School setting. Elementary classrooms are welcoming and collaborative environments that can best foster an environment for safe and comfortable language learning experiences for students, and help them engage with other students in learning languages while valuing unique cultural diversities. If you are interested in learning more about CLD, explore Dr. Heineke’s online Learning Paths in the Marketplace

CLD in the Secondary Classroom

In the last of our three-part series interview with Dr. Amy Heineke, she discusses how culturally and linguistically responsive teaching fits into the Secondary School setting – giving educators practical and applicable tips in scaffolding their classrooms for English Language Learners (ELL). Secondary classrooms, while no different from any other class setting, hone’s in on high expectations for rigorous disciplinary content. Teachers of Secondary classes should be asking themselves, “How is language used within my discipline, and how can I scaffold and support my students in being able to reach goals of geometry, physics, chemistry, etc… while attending to language demands?”

An Associate Professor of Bi-Lingual and Bi-Cultural Education at Loyola University, Chicago, Dr. Heineke specializes in teacher preparation for English Learners and language policy work in practice to support students’ learning and language development. She is also co-author of Using Understanding by Design in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classroom with Jay McTighe. Educators can also explore Amy Heineke’s Learning Paths in our Marketplace, or download her free CLD Approach Comparison Chart below. 

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