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Teaching English to adults

Teaching English to adults has its own set of challenges and rewards for the EFL teacher but requires a whole range of different skills and qualifications. Their motivation is intrinsic which is a great advantage as this has been identified as one of the most important factors in determining successful language learning. The acquisition of a second...

Teaching English to Adults

Teaching English to adults has its own set of challenges and rewards for the EFL teacher but requires a whole range of different skills and qualifications. Adult learners may not need a certificate or diploma; their motivation is intrinsic which is a great advantage as this has been identified as one of the most important factors in determining successful...

Designing a course for adult learners: An analysis of the process and some practical tips

In my previous article I looked at the basic concepts in designing a course for adults. This article analyses the steps followed during this process and offers suggestions for each of those steps. The design process starts with an initial needs analysis followed by goal and objective setting, material selection, specification of the tasks to be used so that...

Motivating Adult Learners

The expansion of life-long learning along with ever-shifting workplace demands has brought into our schools and classrooms a growing number of adult learners.  Their learning needs, learner identity and learner characteristics differ significantly from those of young or teenage learners, yet oftentimes there is little reflection on how we are specifically...

What is there to choose when you choose a coursebook?

Author: George Vassilakis
Most teachers use a coursebook as the backbone of the course. More often than not, the coursebook provides the syllabus as well as the majority of the materials to be used in the classroom: usually accompanied by a number of related books and resources (for example, workbooks, learning companions, online reference and practice materials, tests, grammar...