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Language and education; Linguistic minorities -- Education;


This paper describes the process of language acquisition, the interaction between home and school languages, and also offers strategies teachers should follow to acknowledge the diversity represented in the classrooms. The paper further discusses some behaviors teachers should display in order to enhance discussion among students. The purpose of this paper is to investigate cultural differences as well as language differences in the classroom and the ways teachers address these differences, by allowing diverse children to have a voice and thus to express their culture. Students come to school already having an informational background acquired at home and teachers try to help children by acknowledging their differences and using this prior knowledge upon which they can build a new discourse. This discourse represents a hybrid of the primary discourse acquired at home and the new information acquired in school. According to Bernstein ( 1972) " If the culture of the teachers is to become part of the consciousness of the child, then the culture of the child must first be in the consciousness of the teacher."

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

John E. Henning

Second Advisor

Radhi H. Al-Mabuk


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Date Original

January 2003

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