Topic: Fostering an Inclusive Classroom for the Multilingual Writer

Kimberly Shuckra is a Master Lecturer in the CAS Writing Program.

Inclusive teaching is essential to a welcoming and equitable classroom environment. Research shows that when students feel welcomed and valued in their learning communities, they are more likely to excel in their academic work. While creating a sense of belonging in the classroom is essential for all students, multilingual students may face an acute sense of cultural and social isolation, given the additional challenges they may face.  Focusing on key areas such as name learning strategies, community building exercises, and well-planned group work will cultivate culturally responsive communities within our classrooms. Students will feel a true sense of belonging and achieve academic success, not only in their writing classes, but also in other classes.