Award in The Multicultural Classroom

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 3 ECTS

Duration: 6 Sessions

Contact Hours: 15

Self Study Hours: 36

Assessment Hours: 24


Course Description

In the fast-changing world we are living in, the classroom is no longer homogenous. Especially over the past few years, the classroom has been transformed into a mix of various cultures. This module will focus on an awareness of oneself and one’s values and beliefs; an understanding of how cultures differ and an investigation of how best to adapt to these cultures.

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in following this programme are to be in possession of a Bachelor’s degree (MQF 6 with a minimum of 180 ECTS, or equivalent).  

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:


a) Establish which intercultural needs are to be catered for in the primary classroom;
b) Transform their lesson plans to cater for the different learner needs;
c) Collaborate with other educators;
d) Create activities and resources which are interculturally sound.


a) Identify human rights;
b) List reasons for migration;
c) Explain differences between cultures and beliefs;
d) Describe the learning requirements of children from other cultures;
e) Identify multicultural educational strategies.


a) Investigate how they could transform the teaching and learning to adapt to the different cultures within their classroom;
b) Review and evaluate practices of how he/she has been working in the classroom;
c) Reflect upon how new knowledge can be adapted to the primary sector;
d) Plan and propose how best to modify one’s teaching strategies and resources to suit an intercultural classroom environment.

Mode of Delivery

This module adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the IfE Portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures found on the Institute for Education’s website.  

Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.


Upon successful completion of this module, course participants will be conferred an accredited certification. 

Further Learning Opportunities and Career Progression

Upon successful completion of this module, course participants may use certification conferred to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for accredited programmes. Teachers may also use this certification in their application for accelerated progression.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
1) Bartolo, P. A. (Ed) (2007) Responding to student diversity. Teacher’s Handbook Malta: Faculty of Education
2) Calleja, C., Grech, M. & Cauchi, B. (2010) Education and ethnic minorities in Malta. EU: The eSPICES Learning Partnership
3) Carber, S. (Ed.) (2011) Internationalizing schools. Great Britain: Woodbridge: John Catt International Ltd.
4) Hamilton, R. & Moore, D. (2006) Educational interventions for refugee children. Theoretical perspectives and implementing best practices NY: RoutledgeFalmer
5) Klyukanov, I. E. (2005) Principles of intercultural communication NY: Pearson Education Inc.
6) Summary of information from Zammit, F. “Il-Ballata tal-Maltin ta’ New Kaledonia” and York, B. “The Maltese in Australia”
 Supplementary Reading List

1) Busuttil, A. (2011) Ħbieb ta’ Veru. Malta: Klabb Kotba Maltin
2) Farrugia, J. A. (2015) L-Avventuri ta’ Tipi. Malta: BDL Publishing

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