Course Specification for Teaching Adults English

Teaching Adults English

Adults worldwide are studying English. They have unique and individual needs and they need your help!

Learn to teach adults with confidence and creativity.

Course Overview:

Adults are voluntary learners with unique needs and individual learning requirements. They demand to learn quickly and effectively. They pay for their lessons and choose to be in the classroom, as opposed to children who have to be there. This course explains the unique aspects of teaching English to adults.

The function of language is to give people the power to communicate thoughts, needs, and feelings, to receive important information, to comprehend instructions, and to ask and answer questions. Adults need to learn how to use English, and how to communicate clearly.

Over the years many methods have been introduced for teaching Adults English, each with proponents claiming to be the authority on what works best. The Communicative Approach is a happy medium because it encompasses all modes and methods of language use! With this approach, all skills are addressed including reading, writing, listening, and speaking, with the primary focus on usage.

Course Content:

  • Overview of Adult Education
  • Communicative Approach
  • Teaching Adults with Success
  • Activities and Group Work
  • ESP (English for Specific Purposes)
  • Student Levels
  • Skills, Grammar, and Presentations
  • Warm-ups for Adults
  • Lesson Planning
  • Vocabulary
  • Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing

A group of Japanese adult students at a United Kingdom University were each asked to rank their motivations for learning English.

Here are the results:

    • 1. . . . to be able to communicate with people in an international language, both at home in
    • Japan and while traveling to other countries
    • 2. . . . to be able to read a wide range of English language sources for study purposes abroad
    • and in Japan
    • 3. . . . to have a better chance of employment, status, and financial reward in the job market
    • 4. . . . to be able to read and listen to English language media for information and pleasure
    • 5. . . . to find out more about the people, places, politics etc. of English speaking cultures
    • 6. . . . to take up a particular career (i.e.) English language teaching or employment with an international company


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