Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.7 Number.3September, 2016                                                    Pp.  3 -17
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no3.1                                                                                          

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 Cultural Diversity and the Challenges of Teaching Multicultural
Classes in the Twenty-First Century 

Ahmed Chouari
School of Arts and Humanities, University of Moulay Ismail
Meknes, Morocco

 

 

 Abstract:
This study is a meta-analysis of the recent literature on teaching culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students. Extant literature on this issue has shown that teaching students coming from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds seems to pose serious threats to teachers at different levels of education. Using a quantitative content analysis, this paper examines twenty studies and book chapters in the field of multicultural education so as to identify the major challenges of the multicultural classroom. The aim is also to identify and describe the most effective competencies that teachers need to be better equipped to survive in today’s “fast-changing world”. The findings of this study show that teaching CLD students requires special training, extra competencies, and “culturally responsive” pedagogies. The findings can also be of help to university teachers as universities today are becoming more and more multicultural all over the world. Finally, the results can advance knowledge about the issue of teaching CLD students both in the university environment and in the field of research.
Keywords: cultural diversityethnicitymulticultural education, teacher competencies

Cite as: Chouari,  A. (2016). Cultural Diversity and the Challenges of Teaching Multicultural
Classes in the Twenty-First Century. Arab World English Journal, 7(3).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no3.1

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Ahmed Chouari is an Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of
Moulay Ismail in Morocco. He is also a Fulbright scholar. He teaches Critical Thinking and
Research Methods to B.A. and Master Students. His main interests are language, culture, critical
thinking, and communication