Our course text explains that, “By developing an intercultural orientation, a teacher is more likely to meet the needs of all students, regardless of linguistic and cultural background” (Brantley, 2007). To develop that orientation, teachers need to understand their own cultures and how they may interfere with their ability to creating a welcoming environment. Answer the following questions concerning the aspects of your culture and explain how your answers could enhance or interfere with your ability to teach students from a dissimilar culture. •What is the hierarchical structure of your family? Who’s in charge? How does gender impact the roles of family members? •What is the primary language spoken at home? •What holidays and customs do you celebrate? •What religious beliefs are held by your family? Are there specific restrictions you observe? •What literacy traditions are held by your family? Are you readers? •What type of educational support did you or do you have in your home? What are your educational experiences? •What is appropriate behavior for children at school? Do socially acceptable behaviors vary according to gender in your culture? Is being on time a practiced behavior? •What foods do you eat? Do you wear traditional clothing? Does your culture have restrictions regarding food or dress? •Who is responsible for discipline in your culture? What rules of behavior are consistent in your home or culture?
Anthropologist Edward B, Tylor stated in his most famous book, Primitive Culture that the aspects of culture consisted of “knowledge, belief, art, law, morals, custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society." (Tylor, 1903, p. 4)
•What is the hierarchical structure of your family? Who’s in charge? How does gender impact the roles of family members?
This question is hard to answer because not all families are a nuclear family. My family is spread around the world. My mother is in the United Arab Emirates and she is the bread winning, while her husband sleeps all day.
In my own little family, my husband is in one country while my son and I are in another. Both my husband and I work and gender roles do not impact our family contrasted to popular Arab belief. In Arab cultures I have been told that I needed to stay home and take care of the house and family while my husband worked. I refused because I have seen my mother work to the bone day and night and this role has impacted me as a child.
•What is the primary language spoken at home?