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Engaging Adult Learners

  1. 1. BrimbankCommunity Learning Strategy Engaging Adult Learners: Lessons from our Learning Champions Deb Chapman, Learning Coordinator, June 2012
  2. 2. Aim of Learning Strategy – Create community of lifelong learners – Dimensions of Learning • Obtain and maintain employment • Achieve personal fulfilment • Build caring and cohesive communities • Add to quality of life • Enable greater civic participation 2
  3. 3. • Now, close your eyes…. 3
  4. 4. • What prevents adults from learning? 4
  5. 5. • One of our Learning Champions:Aunty Jean Mason, originally fromWilcannia in NSW, has lived inKeilor Downs for 25 years.Currently studying at MumguDhal,indigenous pathways program atVictoria University, St Albans. 5
  6. 6. When English Made my FutureBetter by Faten Chendeb,Community West, Deer Park 2011My name is Faten Chendeb and I was born in Lebanon. I have fourbrothers and three sisters. We lived in a village, which was a verynice place, because it had fresh air, fresh fruit and a very nice weatherin spring and summer.I went to study at Arabic school, because my country only speaksArabic and I also learnt French. I went to university for four yearsand then became a teacher for primary school at my country. I lovedmy job.After a few years I got married…my husband went back to Australia…Iwaited one year in Lebanon before I received my visa. Whileeverything was happening I found out that I was pregnant. When myvisa came I got it but my daughter didn’t get the visa becausesomeone made a mistake with her birth certificate in Lebanon. 6
  7. 7. I had to fly to Australia...by myself. I was crying because I left mydaughter back there and I missed my family. I was never happy inAustralia because I didn’t speak English and I didn’t have my driver’slicence. Everything was different and difficult….after one year mydaughter finally got the visa and came to Australia….After a while I studied two months of English at Community West.Then I stopped because I had four kids and had no time to learn orwork. After my kids went to school I started to study English atCommunity West because the first time I went I was very shybecause I never talked English before….My kids had been helping me how I say a word and what that wordmeans and sometimes I got to the library with my kids to read booksand learn new information’s. Sometimes I even read newspapersand it often helps me and I even learn new words….I am very happy now because my English is not bad...becauseEnglish had changed all my life…. 7
  8. 8. What prevents adults fromlearning… and informs our work increating learning environments…• Let’s brainstorm a list together by … Reflecting on your own experiences, and the voices of Aunty Jean and Faten 8