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Cultural Sensitivity in the classroomAs a teacher in a foreign country being culturally sensitive will be very important to teaching effectively. Understanding the culture of the country that the teacher is in will be tantamount to the success of that teacher as Rob Merlino points out, "Cultural sensitivity requires that teachers interpret their students' behaviors within the cultural context of the student." This means that the teacher will need to understand how the culture may influence the behavior of the student in the classroom. For instance, in collectivist cultures students may be less apt to participate or may not wish to perform activities alone as they would not want to detract from the rest of the collective. Understanding the culture will help that teacher to understand whether or not a student is not participating out of a lack of care, shyness, or cultural conditioning. The culture of the class may also impact lesson planning and will help the teacher understand the obstacles that she or he may face when trying to use the ESA methodology. The collectivistic culture may pose a barrier to ESA methodology in certain countries as the students may expect that the teacher is to act as a leading patriarch figure and do most of the talking. In this situation the teacher