Approaching Multicultural Issues And Mixed Ability Classes



The course provider will send to the participants a list of materials related to the course topic that they can read in order to prepare for the course. The course provider keeps in touch with the participants and tailors the course according to their specific needs. The course provider offers support if the participants need any information related to accommodation, plane tickets or other details necessary in organising the course.

Course description

The challenge teachers and schools face nowadays is twofold: adopting an intercultural education framework and introducing high-quality teaching that will provide an equal opportunity for learning to all students, regardless of their ethnic origin or other characteristics.Equity is a concept that is often measured in terms of test scores, with educators looking for equal test scores among students of different cultural groups, social classes or sexes. This course will help you to deal with 21st century classroom difficulties and gives practical assistance to teachers of all disciplines and levels. Meet colleagues from diverse nations and be motivated to develop an inclusive, energetic and open educational atmosphere with low stress level which is sensitive to individual and community requirements.


      All sessions are based on student-centered techniques to allow the participants to be actively involved in learning and end up with reflection time for better retention.
  • Team – Building Sessions;
  • Role – Play
  • Mime exercises
  • Ice – Breaking and Warm – Up Sessions;
  • Energisers
  • Group Discussions;
  • Debates;
  • Drama techniques
  • Questioning;
  • Goal – Setting sessions;
  • Brainstorming;
  • Questionnaires
Learning Outcomes
  • Gain techniques for working with heterogeneous and mixed ability classrooms, deal with increased diversity of learners, support inclusion of various minorities into mainstream education.
  • Understand advantages and disadvantages of approaches such as inclusion, mainstreaming, streaming and tracking in order to enhance good quality of education and training for all learners.
  • Identify risk factors and different types of barriers, cultural biases, stereotypes and prejudice, increase synergies between education, research and apply innovative interventional activities.
  • Foster students’ learning autonomy according to individual learning styles, differentiate instructions and classroom tasks, develop learner’s transversal skills and other key competences (creativity, critical thinking).
  • Promote universal access to education with regards to non-discriminatory, democratic values, support open learning environment and develop digital literacy by using ICT effectively.
  • Generate ready‐to‐use materials and examples of good practice to support school or organisational development towards cross-cultural awareness through collaborative and active pedagogies.
  • Gain broader understanding of strategies and systems dealing with multicultural issues and differently abled learners in different countries, cultivate mutual respect, embed common educational and training values.
  • Support continual professional development, revise and develop key competences, build confidence in promoting innovative pedagogies that are responsive to social-economic and cultural diversity needs.
  • Meet colleagues of different nationalities within the EU, engage in cross-cultural learning experience, exchange ideas and build a network for future international cooperation.
  • Enrich communication skills, improve foreign language competencies, broaden professional vocabulary and promote EU’s broad linguistic diversity.


Trainees will be given soft and hard copies of all lesson materials, which they can present to their colleagues in their own organizations to generate interest in project writing. In addition, a mailing list of participants will be created in order to exchange ideas/experiences. At the end of the course the participants will fill in a questionnaire in order to get a detailed feedback for the effectiveness of the training event.

Programme of training activities day-by-day:

Day 1 – MONDAY 

  • Welcome and registration
  • Introduction to the problem of refugees
  • Streaming and tracking across the EU: How Specific Problems and Strategies in European Countries
  • Learning the basic terms about multicultural issues and mixed ability classes

Day 2 – TUESDAY 

  • Approaching multicultural classes
  • Overcoming Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Individual leaning styles, Gardner’s multiple intelligences
  • Developing effective communication skills


  • Raising cultural awareness through games
  • Differentiated instructions for Mixed ability and Special needs students
  • Practical exercises to help the students with special needs


  • Developing reading and writing skills in culturally diverse and mixed ability classes
  • Use of ICT for raising cultural awareness
  • Approaching Immigrant Children’s Parents

Day 5 – FRIDAY 

  • Adapting to multicultural society; Six hats method
  • Link between migration and early school leaving
  • The importance of parental involvement in their children's process of adaptation

Days 6/7 – SATURDAY and SUNDAY Workshops and Cultural Activities

Day 8 – Monday 

  • Strategies for conflict resolution in the classroom
  • Assessment of student’s skills
  • Adapting teaching materials, designing multicultural projects

Day 9 – Tuesday 

  • Approaching Immigrant Children’s Parents
  • The importance of parental involvement in their children's process of adaptation
  • Talking to your child about their condition
  • Overprotecting your child: disempowering them while exhausting you

Day 10 – Wednesday

  • Workshop
  • My 6 months' plan for tackling the situation of receiving refugees
  • Feedback, Course Evaluation and Dissemination Focus
  • Awarding certificates of attendance