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Promoting cultural sensitivity in an ESL classroomAn ESL classroom is perhaps one of the most culturally diverse learning environments. Cultural diversity involves more than different languages. Learners from different cultures have different ways to think, to act, to react and to express themselves. How can a teacher promote cultural diversity in an ESL classroom and ensure a respectful environment allowing students from different cultural background to learn and to progress? Some could think that this inherent element in ESL could be a problem. Some others would say it is in fact a challenge and a richness element to the class. In the following lines, let?s have a look at some ideas to promote cultural diversity, to avoid stereotypes and to use cultural sensitivity as a learning tool in an ESL classroom. The first thing a teacher can do is to try to create a respectful learning environment and this could start with the physical environment. Decorating the class with flags, maps, pictures of landscapes or people, quotes or drawings helps create a welcoming atmosphere. Seating arrangements allowing students to sit next to someone who comes from a different country also facilitate establishing rapport among the students. The teacher should also try to get the students to work with