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NBN connects migrants to virtual classrooms

The National Broadband Network (NBN) has commenced the connection of new migrants with English teachers in virtual classrooms across the country.

Minister for multicultural affairs and minister assisting for the digital economy, Senator Kate Lundy, launched a trial of the new NBN Virtual Classroom Platform from the Brunswick Digital Hub in Victoria.

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The Brunswick classroom was connected, via the NBN, with Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) students at the Gungahlin Digital Hub in the ACT and a student at his ACT home.

Lundy said the initiative uses a virtual classroom to deliver interactive and collaborative online learning services to help students develop their English language skills.

"The NBN allows students to interact in real time with their teacher and classmates via a video-based virtual classroom. They get immediate feedback on their work and we know this leads to improvements in speech, pronunciation and social interaction," she said.

According to Lundy, the flexibility offered by the virtual classroom environment will enable more new migrants to develop their English language skills via the Adult Migrant English Program, and fully participate in Australian society.

"Many new arrivals have difficulty attending English classes due to work and family responsibilities. The virtual classroom will offer them flexibility to study English at a place that is convenient and comfortable for them, including in their own home," Lundy claimed.


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