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Professional Learning

English Language Learner (ELL) Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

To meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners, it is essential to understand how culture impacts teaching and learning.

At a Glance

This course will approach culturally relevant pedagogy as a way of teaching that draws on the cultural knowledge, backgrounds, and experiences of students in order to make the learning more meaningful and appropriate to support student achievement.


  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • English Language Learning
  • Student Learning


  • Recognize the diversity within the ELL community and demonstrate the role this has on instruction
  • Incorporate knowledge of the role of culture in language learning into instruction
  • Demonstrate understanding of the funds of knowledge that students bring to the classroom and how to incorporate and build on students’ strengths and cultural backgrounds during instruction
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: 07/31/2020



  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Higher Education
  • Middle School

Session Length

6-8 weeks

Session Format


This is a program NEA makes available for affiliate use as a professional offering to educators.  NEA ELL Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Blended Learning modules may already be offered through your local or state association.  Please contact your state or local association if you are interested in getting a blended learning cohort started.

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