B: THE LEARNERS’ CULTURAL, LINGUISTIC ANDEDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDSTask 21.Think about why you decided to teach adults.
I have decided to teach adults or get more involved in teaching adults as itis quite different from teaching young learners. Although I am at presentmainly working with young learners, and may still continue teaching them, Ifeel it would give me more variety, possibly be more interesting, dependingon the level and motivation of the adult learner.
2.Think about what you, as an adult, bring to this learningsituation.
I feel that I can bring a lot of my experience and knowledge of teaching intothis learning situation. Apart from being a native speaker, I have also been alearner myself, as a student of Greek and Arabic, so I can see it from thelearner’s perspective too. I fully understand that every learner is unique,each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
3.Look at your answers to questions 1 and 2 and use theseideas to help you to write down what characterizes adultlearners.
Adult learners are more mature and experienced. Presenting a different andmore challenging context, in both negative and positive forms. Adults, quiteoften balancing, work, family, interests and study, present quite a differentsituation altogether. Their levels of motivation can vary but they can alsobring their own life experience into the lesson.
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