Teaching in Multicultural environments

Course Outline

A few words about the course: The mobility of people from war zones or countries facing conflicts or poverty to countries with a safer and more stable socioeconomic environment, has created societies which can be characterized as multilingual and multicultural. In the school environment, children with refugee/migrant background face challenges and barriers, along with other issues concerning their sociolinguistic needs, their ‘’visibility’’ in the classroom and the exploitation of their personal capital. This course is concerned with these very issues, aiming at proposing ways towards a ‘’multilingualization’’ of the school classroom.

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Course modules


RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) and second language acquisition.


Critical pedagogy, Translanguaging and Identity construction.


Design and development of educational material for the multicultural classroom using ICT.


Activities of emotional and sociolinguistic strengthening in the multicultural classroom.


Presentation of best practices and material related to diversity.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain insight into the aspects of accessibility and educational equity
  • Learn about how to assess refugee/migrant students’ linguistic and cultural resources
  • Learn about the method of RPL and be instructed how to implement it
  • Learn about the theories of second language acquisition and critical pedagogy
  • Strengthen ICT skills by designing material using web tools
  • Develop tolerance to diversity and respect for everyone’s identity
  • Learn ways to turn classes into inclusive learning environments
  • Exploit ready‐to‐use materials and examples of good practice to support school or organizational development towards cross-cultural awareness
  • Enrich communication skills and improve foreign language competencies


The methodology of this course is based on learning by doing and active learning strategies. The instructional approach is also used in order to provide the theoretical framework but all modules include task-based activities and group work promoting collaboration and synergy among trainees.

Evaluation- feedback

Participants fill in a course evaluation form providing thus feedback on what they have been taught.