Developing Cultural Identity Much is to be said about a bilingual learner developing cultural identity. But to understand how cultural identity id developed, we must first understand what cultural identity is. Cultural identity can be defined as the uniqueness of a group, culture, or individual, as influenced by a person’s belonging to a group or culture (afs.org). So what happens, then, when a person, specifically a language-learning student, suddenly feels a clash between two different cultures, the culture at home and the culture at school? Bilingual learners develop their cultural identities in a variety of ways, and teachers can use best practices to help preserve, support, and positively contribute to the students’ individual cultural identities in the classroom. When students move from one culture to another, they face many challenges that go just beyond that of learning a language. These challenges need to be on a teacher’s radar. A student has to adjust to a new country, city, or neighborhood. This means the student is facing challenges that could affect promptness, vigilance, attentiveness, and even ability to concentrate. Some implications of this could be that a student may be late to class or may appear to be unaware of what is going on in class. In this situation, an educator would need to be understanding of the student’s adjustments and be prepared to work with the student to create a plan that works. The CLD student is also adapting to a completely new education system. The culture of a school could be 100% different than what the student may be used to. This could be confusing for a CLD student and could slow progress. A new student may not always be welcomed by the new culture or may not agree with the messages the culture creates. This can lead to frustration and anxiety for the CLD student and inhibit with the student’s ability to learn effectively. All of these challenges are potential hurdles that CLD students need to jump over to be successful. As stated above, the culture of a school can greatly influence student outcomes, especially a CLD student. A school’s culture consists of these three ingredients: the attitudes and beliefs of teachers and administrators, the norms and rules that the students and staff follow, and the relationship between the group members. In order for CLD students to be successful, the school culture needs to treat students as individuals, recognize diversity as a resource, allow for appropriate accommodations in a classroom, and reject cultural stereotypes. Sociocultural processes need to be taken into consideration when developing a curricula or lesson plan. A teacher needs to understand enculturation and acculturation. Enculturation is a subtle process where members of a culture are steadily inducted into a home culture, sometimes without even realizing it. As this process takes place, members develop a sense of distinctiveness that forms a set of values, guides, beliefs, patterns, actions, and expectations. Enculturation creates an ethnocentric view for members of a culture that validates social norms. CLD students have to recognize how enculturation influences their actions while adjusting to a new culture in a new language. This is extremely difficult for a CLD student and often has negative and costly effects on the student. Acculturation is the process of adapting to a new or non-native culture. Acculturation can be described best with the U-curve hypothesis. The U-curve hypothesis asserts that acculturation is a sequential process that takes place over four phases. These phases are honeymoon, hostility, humor, and home. The honeymoon phase of acculturation brings with it a sense of excitement for the individual. The CLD student is enjoying the thought of life in a new culture and may be joyful about these new experiences. Because many families of CLD students come to the United States to fulfill a dream or new opportunity,…
Texting on phones, checking the internet for twitter, snotty brats, sporty cars, and leisure time. These may be some of the things that you think of when I inform you that I am a teenager. In all actuality these things I do not come across in my daily life. They are only obstacles that get in my way of becoming me and what I value and believe in my culture. Culture is very important to me and my family. People now have different values and beliefs than their ancestors…
advertisements for one company for example Dove, varies in conjunction to where they will be broadcasted. Dove advertisements broadcasted in the United States of America are absolutely different to Dove advertisements broadcasted in Malaysia. The cross-cultural differences of these two countries, the United States of America and Malaysia, then influence how a particular advertisement is constructed. It is much simpler to compare these differences when we look at the two countries as western and non-western…
SEPTEMBER FOUNDATION COURSE 2013
Globalisation Has Led to the Loss of Cultural Identity in Britain. Discuss.
Globalisation has led to the loss of cultural identity in Britain. Discuss.
'Everything changes, nothing remains without change'. It is said by Buddha and seems certainly true today. As the means of transportation and communication have been significantly improved, the world has been changed. Nowadays, a country's economy, finance, trade and…
their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition”(Dictionary.com). Language is entwined in peoples’ daily lives; it is a part of them. Communication is the key to the purpose of language because of its ability to express ones feelings, socialization amongst people, and establishing a person’s cultural identity.
People agree, disagree, argue, and establish their opinion. Language is responsible for voicing people’s feelings…
Cultural Identity Paper
Growing up, I felt like the average kid. I had parents, I went to school, and I had siblings. In that way, pretty much every child is the same. I never thought about it at the time but there were some things that may have given me an advantage over the other children. Nothing drastic, but it may have changed the way that people perceived me compared to the other students because, let’s be honest, everyone judges a book by it’s cover.
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9 December 2014
My Cultural Identity: The Decline of the Coal Industry
There have been many influences throughout my life that have helped situate not only who I am as a person, but also what my cultural identity is. One thing that has been a huge influence is the decline of the coal industry throughout the last ten years in history. The coal industry in itself has helped shape my cultural identity, specifically my social class and my locality throughout my…
Everyone finds out what they’re a lot about themselves during school years and in today’s society cultural identity is like second nature, but it has not always been that way. There’s a vast amount of cultural differences within the school systems and after speaking with my interviewee who is of the same cultural descent as I, but experienced cultural identity in different ways than my own because of time progression. Being of African descent…
The Roles of Identity in Society
Many would argue that social justice is being served when someone says “we are all the same under the skin”. We are not all the same under the skin. Within us are our own senses of identity, constructed by our familiar discourses, the physical environment and its embedded culture, and our individual differences. Our sense of identity accounts for our perceptions of ourselves and how we are positioned by others in terms of culture, tradition, rituals, race, family…
Running head: RACIAL/ CUTURAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT MODEL
Racial/Cultural Identity Development Model
One of the most promising approaches to the field of multicultural counseling/therapy has been the work on racial/cultural identity development among minority groups. This model acknowledges within groups differences that have…