Mapping linguistic diversity


The goal in this task is to map your class's linguistic diversity. In a multi-cultural and multi-lingual classroom, one of the first aims ought to be to find out the class's linguistic diversity. In the new curriculum, teachers have the onus to take into consideration diversity in the classroom. This is a democratic process which requires the cooperation of both the teacher and the pupil. This activity allows the teacher to do just that.

1. Explaining the body: This is a silhouette of a body. The goal is to write/colour languages which the pupils identifies with, and the corresponding part of the body.

2. The teacher explains to the pupils that, for example, there is the head. Which language sits in the pupil's head? There is the heart; which language sits in the pupil's heart. etc.

3. Pupils should be encouraged to use colours in their maps (for vividnesss and fun as well). Some pupils may choose to simply write the language, while others may also choose to use flags representing the language/s. This is all ok.

4. Pupils submit their maps and these can be hung around the classroom as part of classroom decorations.

5. The teacher uses these maps to guide him/her when planning future lessons. These maps do not apply only to English, but can be a resource in other subjects also, for example, Norwegian, Maths or Science.