I teach ESL, and rapport is absolutely essential to a classroom of language learners. If you don’t have their trust, they will never end up practicing the language confidently in the classroom, and that really hinders progress. Before knowing about UDL, I also took a course for ESL teachers where a lot of the methods are really similar. The student interview part is also pretty standard for ESL, since they’re all at different levels of communicating in the language in which the class is conducted.
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