Diversity in the Classroom

These web resources present several different types of students that one might encounter within a diverse classroom as well as strategies and techniques to teach to students of diverse abilities and backgrounds.

General Resources

This website presents a general overview on how to teach in a manner that is inclusive of all student identities and backgrounds from course content to behaviors in teaching.

This article provides a study of several diverse groups of students and their responses to a typical college classroom. The themes emphasized within the study show very common racial perceptions of diversity and how these problems can be addressed within the classroom.

Non-traditional students are students who are not predominantly young, white, middle-class, full time students. This website addresses the different learning perspectives of non-traditional students and how a teacher can best tailor their teaching to these students.

Teaching International Students and Non-Native Speakers

This website addresses issues to take into consideration when teaching students for whom English is not their first language, or non-native speakers. These tips help assist the teacher in better communicating with their non-native student.

This resource from the University of Melbourne offers a variety of strategies to enhance learning for international students. It offers ideas from the small scale (facilitating group work) to the large-scale (crafting a syllabus).

This website, published by NCSU's own Office of International Services provides resources for American Faculty who teach and advise international students. This site includes a video and Powerpoint presentation on US Academic Integrity Standards.

Resources for International TAs:

The resource from the University of Wisconsin offers tips for international TAs as they prepare for class, teach class, answer questions, and create class documents.

This resource from the University of Texas focuses on communication skills for the university classroom and ideas for improving spoken English.

This thorough guide from the University of Southern California addresses a wide array of issues, from meeting high expectations to creating visuals for your classroom. The resource is conversational and easy to navigate.

Additional Resources on Diverse Learners

This website presents general strategies to accommodate the student with disabilities within the classroom and provides suggestions on ways to better assist the student with disabilities.

This website provides common characteristics and needs of adult learners within the classroom and provides techniques on how to best accommodate the adult learner.

Generation Y, or the Millennial Generation, are students born between 1980-2000 who possess different abilities and mind sets than previous generations. This website helps explore what the millennial is and how they can be related to within the classroom.