Teaching English to adult learners is a rewarding yet challenging task. Adult learners tend to bring more issues to the classroom than child students that a teacher must address before creating a successful learning environment.
It’s important to consider the social foundation of adult students since this can have an effect on they way you teach and how they learn. Adult students bring their own traditions and lifestyle habits into the classroom, which usually differs than the environment they are learning in. Sometimes, students may act in ways that are acceptable in their home country, however, may clash with the learning environment in their new country. It’s important to consider every student’s country and origins to properly teach English and foster a viable and positive classroom environment.
Another helpful tip is to try to establish a connection with your students and understand where they are coming from before teaching them English. Your students should get to know you first before you can help them figure out how to speak in English. Ask their names and get some information about their families. This will help encourage a feeling of community in the classroom.
Lastly, it is important to understand that each student regardless of their educational foundation has their own particular understanding of the language. The instructor must have the capacity to adjust their teaching style and include everyday life scenarios to help their students understand and associate their knowledge and skills in English with real world situations.
College alumni Sam Gray of Boulder, Colorado wants to give others the chance to succeed. He is an English-as-a-Second-Language educator; He wants to teach the necessary language skills to others so they may have the understanding and ability to become successful and more prominent in the international business sector.