Teaching English to adults has its own set of challenges.
Teaching English to adults has its own set of challenges. Need help? Try our resources and tips to help your students improve. Teaching adults can be extremely rewarding: their richly varied experience can fuel lively class debates, and by helping them to improve, pass exams or boost their IELTS scores, you can transform your students’ lives and career prospects. But that doesn’t mean to say it’s easy! Adults may arrive with strong opinions about the way they want to learn, and perhaps they are scheduling their lessons around busy careers or childcare commitments, with little spare time to fit in homework. Take a look at a previous issue above.
When teaching adults, it’s extremely important to remember that our students are likely possessed of an array of skills and talents already .
When teaching adults, it’s extremely important to remember that our students are likely possessed of an array of skills and talents already, even if speaking perfect English isn’t one of them. Over our lives, we develop a wide range of abilities, often to a very high level.
Find practical resources for your adult classroom. In this section you will find activities to use in the Adult classroom with learners aged 18 and over. English for business.
Adults have a stronger relationship with their mother tongue. Storybook assignment: Assign students a book to read for class. It needs to be simple, interesting, short and linear.
In any of your college classes, did you ever stop to play a game of duck duck goose? What about patty cake? Leap frog? Probably not, unless you were studying pedagogy. Adults have a stronger relationship with their mother tongue. Young learners are more flexible.
Is teaching adults different from teaching children? .
Is teaching adults different from teaching children? What kind of differences should a teacher be prepared for? How do those differences influence teaching and learning? What do teacher and learner roles involve? .
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When teaching adults, disciplines should not be an issue because, well, they’re adults. Finally, the biggest difference between teaching adults and teaching Young Learners is what the students bring to the classroom. Young Learners bring enthusiasm, curiosity and energy, while adults bring life experience. While Young Learners are still learning about the world around them, adults have already had a lifetime of experiences and have their own ideas and opinions.
By Claudia Pesce 105,873 views. Teaching adult learners can be very rewarding, but very challenging as well. We mustn’t forget we’re dealing with individuals who have their own lives outside of school, some with very busy schedules. But adult learners are also better equipped for dialogue and exchange. They come to class with a set of tools and information that can be of great use to us. On the one hand we present the advantages that come with teaching adult learners and the way you, as an ESL teacher can maximize their great potential for learning.
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