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Cultural Sensitivity in the ClassroomA few months ago, I was teaching a class of students about different kinds of food, and one of my students asked me if I had ever eaten dog. I was really horrified. While I knew that this was cultural reality living in korea, I had certainly never expected to be confronted with it in the classroom. Being a dog lover myself made it harder for me to respond in a way that would not be offensive to him or any of my other students. I had to suppress all kinds of reactions ? revulsion, anger, and hurt because my gut reaction was that the child was being insensitive. It is times like these that I must remind myself that I am in a foreign country, in a foreign culture, that I have voluntarily CHOSEN to be here, and that I must accept this. I am not here to judge. I am not here to condemn. I am here to teach. And really, the child was not trying to be insensitive. He had no idea that what he was saying was so offensive to me. How could he? It is a cultural norm in his country, and if it had been almost any other kind of food, I probably would have had a bit of a joke with him about it. One of the most challenging things to deal with in a multicultural classroom is cultural sensitivity. A huge part of being an esl