Many adults see learning English as the first step toward success in a new country. As programs to serve these students grow, it helps to keep in mind the things that make English language education for adults unique.
You’ve most likely heard of the term pedagogy, defined as the method and practice of teaching, but have you heard of andragogy? Andragogy is defined as the understanding of the science and practice of adult learning.
Adult and higher education teachers are always looking for new ways to enhance their teaching practice and to find new ways to engage with this special population. While there are many books written about the adult learning experience, educators need books based on research, theory, and best practices in order to implement these practices into their teaching. Here are five books that satisfy this need and that every adult and higher ed teacher should add to his or her list.
As an adult educator, you’ve surely heard about your learners’ struggles to pay for their continued education. Many places offer adult education funding that are not often initially thought of in a search. And, nowadays, there is a scholarship for just about anything you can think of! When your learners come to you with the inevitable question of where to find grants and scholarships, suggest some of the sources below to aid them in their searches.
As an experienced educator, you may know that adult learners are completely different from younger students. While younger students accept whatever teaching style is thrown their way, it can be more difficult to engage an adult learner. View these learners as consumers—they are typically in your class voluntarily, and they want to make sure that they get the most out of learning for their time and money. How can you keep this unique and diverse group of learners engaged?
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