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Linguistic, cultural and ethnic differences

Given the multicultural nature of Australian society, most learning groups will include a range of cultures which differ according to ethnicity, class, religious beliefs, gender, political and social values. Each learner brings their own culture to the learning environment, and filters or interprets new learning through these cultural perspectives to have Cert IV in Training and Assessment.

Cultural differences are not always barriers, as they can add to the learning group’s experience and help members to see things from a different perspective. This can be actively encouraged by the Workplace Training and Assessment Facilitator as appropriate.
Case study: Fashion studies

A teacher of fashion studies in a TAFE Institute observed that a young Vietnamese woman in her first year group was not communicating in group activities very much in the classroom, and was having problems with writing reports. The teacher sent the student to a writing assistance class, where she told the teacher that she had been a professional embroiderer in Vietnam.

When the fashion teacher heard about this experience, she invited the young woman to bring in some samples of her work and talk about them in the class.

Other students were very impressed by the embroidery and learnt about Vietnamese culture and clothing, and the young woman had her confidence boosted through the experience so that she felt less inhibited when it came to participating in group activities.


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