With so much emphasis in the ESL industry on teaching young learners. It might be time for us to consider teaching older people. They may not always be the students we want to teach, but they are still customers just the same. And, they’re still fellow humans with hopes, dreams and aspirations. So, if we’re not thinking of how to serve them better, we may lose them.
It may not happen often, but if you teach adults online for long, you’ll probably encounter a lesson with elderly folks—people over 65, and even in their 80s, and possibly 90s (yes, I’ve taught such classes). In my experience, teaching seniors isn’t uncommon. And what I’ve noticed, is that they need a little more care than the average student. They can come across as shy, quiet, and non-participative, perhaps because we fail to realize the dynamics involved with teaching them.
Our blog today will give you a few pointers on how to manage elderly students in your online ESL classes. These tips are not meant to stereotype older learners but to be used as general rules of practice when teaching them. Read more
The International English Language Testing System, otherwise known as the IELTS is one of, if not the most popular English proficiency test out there. As such, it’s a common lesson among university and adult ESL learners who want to live, study, or work abroad. The IELTS consists of four sections:
reading, writing, listening and speaking. Read more
As far back as I can remember I had a passion for the intricacies of the English language. I think my ‘love affair’ with the English language began when my first-grade teacher invited me to become a ‘reading helper’. It was in this position that I helped my peers gain confidence and competence in phonics and then onto basic reading mechanics.