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Teach adults

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:08 pm
by milinha

My name is Camila and I'm Brasilian. I' m a English student and I've been invited to give class. My teachers told me that I can, but I have some fears, cause I have just 19 years old and the class has 3 adults.
I would like some tips about how deal with them, like what can I do, what I can't to do.
My future students will start from the zero, they don't know nothing about English.

Thanks a lot!

Kisses and Bye.

Re: Teach adults

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:20 am
by Laurie
Hi Camilla
Don't worry! Your students will always know a lot less than you do! Work with a course book it makes you feel more confident.
Good luck!

Re: Teach adults

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 1:29 pm
by Graziela
Hello Camila!
I am Brazilian too. ( : I agree with Laurie, definetly use a coursebook!
Things that help:
- have a careful plan of the semester. Dates of class and subject that will be given. Dates of tests.
- Always assign homework, even if they don't do it.

Things you can't do:
- show them insecurity (I started teaching when I was 18 and students didn't trust my work in the beginning)

Well, those are the things I can think of at the moment,
Best wishes,

Take a look at my website, you might have some ideas for your lessons.

Re: Teach adults

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:47 pm
by milinha
Thanks people for the tips!

I'm giving class in an English school (Skill), I use a book from the school to the class, it has the topics to be teached!

My first class was last Saturday!

I liked it!

I have 3 students!

Kisses and bye!

Re: Teach adults

Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 11:32 am
by abedri
Hi , i agree with what my colleagues have advised and i can add that you have
to know in advance what they are behind? Why they want to learn English? This
will help you to give interesting lessons.Good luck, bye

Re: Teach adults

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:18 am
by milinha
They are learning because they want to get good jobs, and speak English is a necessary thing here in Brazil.

I am a little bit issecure now!

I was liking to teach, but I have some doubts now, my class did the first test last Saturday, and some of them (the ones with more dificult) didn't get good grades....

Re: Teach adults

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:22 am
by calanthe
Trust urself my little friend and don't worry about adults! I experienced sth like urs, at the beginning i felt the same feelings with u. i was 20 but i had lots of students older than me. Even 2 of them were retired. I observed the fact that they r coming to the class by bearing in their mind that u r the authority, and this lets u be more confident.

Re: Teach adults

Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:53 am
by ICAL_Pete
Hi Camila, you might like to join the ICAL Newsletters for teaching tips, ideas, and practical solutions to help you teach all age groups, including adults.

You can find back issues of the Newsletters on the ICALwiki http://www.icalwiki/ or search the wiki's directory for interesting lesson plans, classroom activities, teaching techniques, etc.

They are written in clear and simple English and offer straightforward answers to all sorts of teaching questions.

Hope this helps