As someone who’s taught English to all age groups, I’ve noticed that every group is very different. Here I’m not talking about the most obvious thing – the groups having different needs – but rather in what their motivation is for learning English.
First we have young learners who are so full of energy and love for learning that you can basically notice the improvement from one lesson to the next. Something similar happens with adults. They usually have set language goals for themselves, and already have lots of experience that helps them learn quicker. And then we have preteens and teenagers. I believe a lot of teachers would agree that having a group of smart and creative kids in front of you giving you just the bare minimum in class can be very frustrating.
Most of the students from this age group that I’ve worked with have had problems with one thing in particular – writing in English. Listening and reading in English is something most students do even in their free time, thanks to the pop culture nowadays.
Unfortunately, most teens believe that writing has become less important. Yet, we as adults know that we need writing all the time: from writing resumes, filling out job applications and official documents, to passing classes and getting into university. More than that, we often express our feelings and organise our thoughts in writing (at least I do).
About the author
Lejla Husic is an English language enthusiast, teacher and trainer dedicated to guiding children and adults through their learning experience. She manages the “English World for Kids” at Der Pauker.
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