ERIC Number: ED234612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
The Adult Student in Foreign Language Classes.
Witherell, Louise R.; Kersten, Raquel
Foreign language teaching techniques and materials applicable to adult continuing education are examined. Continuing education refers to an older student's pursuit of additional education of any sort. Often the adult student desires instruction in foreign language and culture. A continuing education language course will have students of widely varying ages with very different needs and capabilities. Appropriate curriculum, textbooks, and materials must be used to teach such a class. For example, youth-oriented subject matter should be avoided while greater than usual emphasis should be placed on cultural materials and translation practice. Research has indicated that adults do not perform as well as younger students when learning in a pressured setting. A Wisconsin study of about 1,000 continuing education students found that these students differed from regular students in terms of scheduling, transition back to the educational setting, and faculty relationship. However, it is possible to expand and modify teaching techniques and materials to meet the needs of the adult continuing education student. Generally, the teacher will find that such students are highly motivated and willing to work. (RW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (St. Louis, MO, March 24-26, 1983).