Adult learning principles apply cross-culturally — adults everywhere want to participate in their own learning — but there's a caveat: Definitions of participation do vary.
Here's an example. The first time I spoke to a broadly multicultural audience was at the International Conference on Teaching Statistics in Marrakech. (Yes, I took the Marrakech Express to get there.) Participants came from six different continents.
My talk followed a paper quite literally read by a German