Second language English speakers are increasingly represented as the world becomes more global. Here are some strategies to create more equitable access to vital learning materials:
1.) Represent diverse perspectives in learning materials
Traditional learning materials often portray facts and information from an ethnocentric perspectives barring students with diverse backgrounds from resonating with the material.
2.) Encourage multilingual students to speak about their experiences
Throughout the development of the Canadian education system, foreign languages were often disparaged and stigmatized leading to ostracizing and bullying. Positively encouraging students to culturally exchange with other students and share their experience makes students more likely to feel accepted and facilitates their learning experience.
3.) Introduce multilingual team building activities
Team building activities help promote an equitable and inclusive environment by breaking down barriers and allowing students to come together and celebrate cultural and linguistic differences.