New Teacher with a Serious Problem

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New Teacher with a Serious Problem

Unread post by GreenAmbler » Fri May 01, 2015 1:12 pm

Hello all,

I recently graduated with a Bachelor's last December, and I've been teaching ESOL since January. I've had some ups and downs settling in as a new teacher, but the experience has been overwhelmingly positive overall. However, this summer my university is having 150+ facilities staff (janitors, groundskeepers, etc.) take English courses in order to use a new communication system the school is implementing. There are two major issues I foresee with this setup. One, this incoming group of students is entirely adult, all working similar jobs, so the task of introducing meaningful English is puzzling me in this situation. Two, as it turns out, some of the students we've tested are functionally illiterate in their first language, Spanish, and furthermore, most have never been in a classroom setting before. To me, the advanced ages and lack of any formal education might constitute learning disabilities, or at least major affective setbacks, which none of my fellow instructors are specially trained to deal with.

This is somewhat of a litany, but I wonder how some of the more experienced educators out there might approach the situation.

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Re: New Teacher with a Serious Problem

Unread post by Joe » Sun Dec 20, 2015 4:18 pm

What's wrong with adults?! And why do they suddenly jump from just adult to advanced age?

They may be illiterate in Spanish but they speak it, right? Do they have to read and write English or just speak it?

I can see your concerns but I think you're worrying unnecessarily. You'll just have to be creative :mrgreen:

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