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INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCES AND HOW THEY CAN LEAD TO PARENT-EDUCATOR PARTNERSHIP CHALLENGES

We know from the case of Arno that it can be hard to communicate without speaking the same language. Therefore, it is important to appropriately address misunderstandings caused by language barriers, cultural influences on language or failure in communication. The child may feel exclusion from the children, as they are able to use verbal communication to interact. For example, if a child is trying to convey to a educator that she would like an item that is out of reach and the educator is unable to understand, the child may end up feeling confused and frustrated.

Gestures that are understood by most cultures will help the child to understand the connected words, e.g. hand holding an imaginary bottle for “drinking”, open hand moved in a slight upwards arc towards the own body for “come”, etc. Repeating of key words makes it easier for a child to remember the words and their meaning. The use of visual aids is helpful, too. It is important to decide the language of the school for instance; American or English English. And using the same terms for routines generally works well; snack time, lunch time, relaxation time etc.