Adults and ESL
Adults can sometimes be your most challenging students.
Sure enough, the Internet has turned the world into a global village. People have somehow learned that participating in the World Wide Web means being able to share with each other, being able to like or not like each other, as well as being able to comment on each other’s activities and opinions. All of these activities, however, presuppose one thing – that wherever you are in the world, you’re more than capable of communicating and making yourself understandable. Hence, the need to learn English.
However, if you teach ESL to adults, you will often learn soon enough that they’re a pretty difficult bunch to teach, especially when it comes to convincing them to open up. Here are a few ways on how you can do just that.
Tips for Letting Adults Open Up in ESL Classes
Be sure that you distribute questions. After a reading exercise, one will generally ask students about the text at hand. Sometimes it can be tempting to ask everyone generally, but a great way to get specific people to speak (particularly those who are quite shy) is to single them out and ask the question.
Take on role plays. It cannot be stated enough how important a role play is within the world of language teaching. Practical language use is practiced within these exercises, and therefore it will allow the students to use what they know in a more creative manner. These can generally be quite a lot of fun.
Try asking them about themselves. Everybody enjoys speaking about themselves. If one is teaching a business class, then this will undoubtedly be a great opportunity to inquire as to what job everybody does. Maybe you could go around the room and question everybody in turn about their role and responsibilities.
You can also ask them about their hobbies. Are they into online shopping, and if yes, how do they score the latest coupon codes on products? Do they enjoy travelling? Did they go on an Amsterdam holiday? These things help adults to open up to others, making your class successful in the process.