A common problem for students was the use of 'Australian banter', which apparently 'excludes students who do not have the same cultural touchstones or background from participation'.
Students at the University of Melbourne attended a workshop titled How Privilege Manifests In Tutorials in March, which raised issue with banter and using English as 'the de facto language' (stock image)Some found issue with 'the pressure to give academic answers' in class, and found tutorials favoured students who had completed schooling in Australia 'through the way in which questions are structured'.
Female students and students from foreign backgrounds also revealed their concerns about being interrupted during class.
'People talk over us, making us question whether we know anything,' one student said.
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