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There are many cultural issues that should be addressed by the teacher in both the mainstream classroom and the ESL classroom.  These issues include social conflict, cross-cultural communication, culture education, cultural acclimation, etc.

I can only hope that this site will provide some insight into some of these issues. 

In a classroom with ESL/LEP students, the teacher is responsible for acting as a mediator between the different cultures represented in his or her classroom.  This is important even in the mainstream classroom.  A classroom environment filled with cultural tension is not an environment conducive to learning.  This is especially important in a middle school classroom in which this particular age group experiences a newfound sense of self through peers.

The following is a list of links which should be helpful in finding ways to overcome cultural differences in the mainstream classroom:

Multiculturalpedia
http://www.netlaputa.ne.jp/~tokyo3/e/
This is a site where students and teachers can learn fun facts about other cultures.  It gives interesting and fun information about various countries and their customs.

Instructor - Unbeatable Ways to Reach Your LEP Students
http://teacher.scholastic.com/professional/specialneeds/lepstudents.htm
This is another great web site that is absolutely perfect for the regular classroom teacher who wants to find ways to reach his or her ESL students.  It includes special advice sections of experienced teachers who have had ESL students in the regular classroom.  On teacher who wrote about her experiences on the web site has had 43 different ESL students who spoke 21 different languages!  There are specific strategies for ways in dealing with students from each different cultural background.  Also, it lists universal ways of communication that will show an ESL student that he or she is special.

Many Languages, Many Cultures
http://teacher.scholastic.com/professional/teachstrat/manylanguages.htm
This web page would be excellent for a teacher who is looking for ways to better communication with his or her ESL students and the students' families.  It lists four specific strategies of working with students from other cultures and their parents.  Because parental involvement is so important in any child's education, this page would be a priceless resource; however, the page could have used more real-life scenarios and actual experiences from teachers who have had ESL students.