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After 20 years in publishing, Modern English Teacher's Robert McLarty recently stepped back into the classroom - and found it a hugely enjoyable and rewarding experience...
Advanced general English classes
are often daunting for teachers.
In this article I begin by looking at
the difficulty of defining who ‘general
advanced’ learners are. I then go on to
discuss four broad teaching strategies
aimed at helping to ensure that their
needs are met.
Many teaching institutions offer an
‘Advanced General English’ course. The
prospect of teaching these classes is
often extremely daunting for teachers,
sometimes to the extent of inspiring
real fear. There are a number of reasons
for this ‘General Advancedophobia’,
but underpinning them all is the sheer
difficulty of determining these learners’
motivation for studying and their actual
needs and then applying this knowledge
to what and how we teach them.
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This article looks at the challenges of teaching general English to adults at an advanced level.
An article on coursebook materials and the adult L2 listener.
This article underlines the fact that if adults want to learn to speak well they have to develop some key communication strategies.
This article describes some of the emotional factors which affect adult language learning.
Brian Tomlinson gives the teachers’ and learners’ views of what is available.
If the Communicative Approach has been superseded, what, asks Simon Andrewes, has taken its place?