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Language, Identity, and the Right to Be Different: Making the Most of Your Cultural Tool-Kit  

Learning Across America will be continuing in an online format until CUNY protocols for public safety change. Online courses will be held for the same number of credits as our in-person option. Please email us with questions at


Language, Identity, and the Right to Be Different: Making the Most of Your Cultural Tool-Kit

Our individual “culture” is something that we all have and can draw from. Sometimes it can feel limiting, while other times it can be expansive and exciting.


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Our multilingualism and the elements of our background that inform character and perspective can be considered part of our “Cultural Tool-Kit,” or the equipment we have to navigate through life.

This course will address the issues of language and identity. Your class will include a translation activity that highlights the remarkable benefits of speaking more than one language, and a brief writing exercise that will ask each student to share their own cultural autobiography.

(Times below listed in Eastern Time.

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Class meets online
Thursday: 6:30pm–9:30pm
Friday: 6:30pm–9:30pm
Saturday: 10am–1pm







Please note that your pre-assignment will be emailed to you one week before your first online class session. You will receive details on how to log-in to your online class sessions one day before the start of the course.

Once the final online class session has concluded, you will have one week to submit your independent coursework and final assignment to your teacher.

Students are required to be present during all live online class sessions. However, your independent coursework can be completed at your leisure before the deadline one week after your online class ends. We wanted to create flexibility in completion as we know many au pairs now have increased work hours due to COVID-19.

Students who require their certificate sooner than outlined above should request their final assignment in advance by contacting BMCC at Please note that BMCC needs two days from the date a student submits their final assignment to issue an educational certificate.

If you have any questions at this time, please email us at Please continue to stay safe.


About your instructor: Mariusz Galczynski is an education researcher and specialist in multicultural and international education. Although he has traversed the globe to present his scholarly work, he is proud to call Miami home. By day, he works as a secondary English Language Arts teacher at a high school in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. Outside of the classroom, he loves to explore the best of what Miami has to offer: its tropical environment, thriving arts scene, and diverse, vibrant communities. (photo by Danny Santiago)



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