I don’t think I have ever taught or observed an advanced lesson that went seriously wrong. I mean cringe-worthy wrong. Which is hardly surprising.
After all, advanced students have been in the game long enough and know enough English to ensure that most of our lessons run – at worst – relatively smoothly.
But I have often walked out of lively, fun, seemingly trouble-free C1 lessons, wondering deep down how much learning had really taken place. And this has bothered me at least since 1996, which is when I began to take a hard look at advanced students and their ever-so-overlooked needs. Here are some of the things I’ve learned:
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Can I learn English in 24 months?
Stop asking. This is the wrong question. Continue reading Can I learn English in 18 months?
Teaching adults… This is a post I’ve been stalling on for weeks, but, difficult to write as it is, I can’t put it on hold anymore.
I’d like to begin by sharing three seemingly unrelated anecdotes which, by the end of the post, will hopefully have made some sort of sense. Continue reading Teaching adults: I felt like an alien
7 hypotheses that may account for some adult students’ perplexing lack of progress in their language learning. This post offers no solutions, of course. Only reflections and further questions.
Continue reading Adult students: why won’t they learn?