Its very vital but if its his/her first time it could be a little difficult
Learning ESL is life commitments and life experiences.
The Adult ESL Learner is the awaking of the best vision for life experiences
You need to have a motivated class and a good warm up to make students feel full of energy, even if they had a hard day.
students learn in different ways but can they really learn a language from writing? I've always beloved in the system of reading first, listening second, speaking third and writing last. surely a learn needs to know basics of a language before they can write?
You have to be aware that they all have different ways of learning best, be aware that they may be tired due to life outside of the classroom, and take into account their experience with English. Also you have to pay attention to their background and not just lump all of the learners together in one group.
The systematic and organised way of teaching the adults is a key which opens the door to the success!
What is the difference between ESL and EFL learners?
To me adult learners have their pros and cons, but more pros than cons. Like the word says they are adults we assume they have made a desicion to learn English. They bring a lot of life experience making it easier to bring different topics to the ESL or EFL classroom.
The Adult ESL Learner
It is important for any ESL instructor to know who their learners are. There are a few characteristics of adult learners to keep in mind.
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Represent a Wide Range of Backgrounds
ESL Learners may not have any formal education even in their native language.
In addition, they may or may not have some previous education in English.
Therefore, it is important that your learning caters to a wide range of educational backgrounds.
Be Goal-Oriented and Highly Motivated
All learners come to the ESL classroom for a specific reason, and their goals may be either long or short term.
Adult learners want to be able to apply what they are learning.
Therefore, instructors should present only practical information, and provide learning opportunities that directly relate to learners' lives.
Just like all other learners, ESL learners have different learning styles.
While some may learn best by doing, others prefer listening, reading, speaking, or even writing.
There are also learners who prefer to have visuals to learn the material.
Have Different Levels of Proficiency
Students' proficiency levels may differ in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in both their first and second languages.
Adults bring a lot of life experience to the classroom and apply it to learning situations.
Adult learners often work more than one job and go to school at the same time while also taking care of their families.
As a result, they might be tired during class and have a lot of difficulty staying focused.
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