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IJSSH 2022 Vol.12(1): 35-39 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2022.V12.1062

Ways to Maintain ELLs’ Cultural Diversity in Education - Taking Three New York Elementary Schools as Examples

Xiaotian Wang
Abstract—English as a second language (ESL) education refers to teaching non-native English speakers English as a second language. The number of English language learners (ELLs) is increasing in the United States in recent decades because of globalization, including immigrants, international students, merchants, refugees, etc. One of ELLs’ main characters is their various cultural backgrounds. Teaching and maintaining a diverse class within a safe learning environment can benefit students both now and in the future. In this case, understanding ELLs’ diverse cultures and knowing how to maintain ELLs’ cultural diversity is a significant consideration in American ESL education nowadays. This study reviews the cultural diversity in American ESL education by analyzing three New York elementary schools. The author summarizes some critical ways to maintain ELLs’ cultural diversity from four aspects: (1) the background of American ESL education and cultural diversity; (2) cultural diversity in school; (3) cultural diversity in family; (4) cultural diversity in communities. Finally, the study indicates the significance of connections among schools, families, and communities and identifies some difficulties when maintaining cultural diversity in education.

Index Terms—ESL education, cultural diversity, schools, families, community.

Xiaotian Wang is with School of Education, Fordham University, New York, 10023, USA (e-mail: xwang427@fordham.edu).


Cite: Xiaotian Wang, "Ways to Maintain ELLs’ Cultural Diversity in Education - Taking Three New York Elementary Schools as Examples," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 35-39, 2022.

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