How do you inspire adult English students?

Intrinsic motivation: a very powerful force!

What a great tool to motivate adult English learners. It is at the heart of the acquisition of the first language and is naturally more effective in acquiring the second language. The challenge for adults is to make the second language process more like the first language process: make it meaningful, make it real and make it active.

An internal stimulus is the basis of our being, the impulse that keeps us vital, the basic impulse that forces us to learn. When we interact with language in an intrinsically motivating way, we benefit from an ultranatural process that implants language into our long-term memory. It is what we bring to our language students when we bring lessons to life with meaning and interactivity.

Remember how you acquired your first language? Do you have memories of magical learning moments as you work to gain competence in a certain communication ability: early understanding of a new word, a school document, a reading assignment, or having completed a book that captivated you? If these images are vague, try to remember moments when you were completely involved in any kind of discovery. His learning ability felt unlimited and often the only thing that interrupted him was fatigue or hunger. The acquisition of another language must fall directly into that kind of experience.

Make it meaningful! Plant a meaningful activity firmly in the heart of each lesson. Base the activity on the themes of life (people and places, transport, business, food, housing, medical services, shopping, finance, rights and responsibilities, recreation, sports and entertainment, etc.). For example, if the theme is entertainment, you should design an activity that involves the student in some entertainment element (discuss a book, critique a movie or a play). If the theme is to buy, design an activity where the student can simulate a shopping trip. The entire lesson, including grammatical forms, easily adapts to this activity.

Textbooks are excellent for suggesting life themes, but these topics are relevant only when the student makes them meaningful. Take the student to make decisions about the angle in relation to him or her. Discussing the angle becomes part of the language learning process. Recycle and continuously integrate life issues. In other words, you may have offered banking lessons, but the language was at an initial level of bank vocabulary. Reuse the topic by increasing the level each time according to the student's interests, questions and suggestions. Once the student has the basic vocabulary, increase it to interest rates, dividends, work in a bank and one of the banking positions that may interest you. An activity may include the student acting as treasurer and you as a customer. Later, another lesson might be to interview a potential bank employee.

Make it active! Use authentic materials (real things) as much as possible and use role-playing games. Involve the student in the action process. It allows the student to take responsibility for their learning. It gives the student something meaningful to do. It makes the whole process active. It is the interactivity with language that benefits the student's interest and establishes language in the long-term memory. Involve the student in the simulation process. Give the student the task of designing virtual activities. Promote full language (listening, speaking, reading and writing) throughout the process and encourage the student to use the four components of the language of the lesson. For example, if the activity is to simulate a job interview, the student should write an outline of the process and then read it aloud. Encourage the student to participate in the simulated conversation and give the student the task of writing a summary or reflective essay on the experience.

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Book Prog Learning

Can you learn a language by reading a book? Given that this print medium was the most popular form of language study for a long time, it is prudent to conclude that it can do so. But with so many alternative options now, it is probably not the most ideal way to achieve the desired results.

Regardless of your opinion on the best tools for language learning, the truth is that books are still a useful medium for language learning. Especially if you intend to use them as a secondary source, one that you can take with you while traveling in a train or have lunch in the canteen.

Here are some book suggestions for language learners:

1. Bilingual dictionaries. One of my favorite vocabulary building tools. This reference material gives you access to direct translations of words in an easy to search format. This is very useful, especially when trying to reinforce your studies by consuming materials (novels, magazines, movies) in the targeted language.

2. Vocabulary books. Like many language students, I like to keep my home learning time dedicated to my language teaching software and practice exercises. How was the vocabulary? I take them on the go through the day, often using vocabulary cards or books.

3. Leisure Books. In fact, books intended to be read for pleasure can be very useful for language learners, especially as a way of immersing themselves in the use of language. My favorite medium is comics and other illustrated materials, as the images really help elucidate what the characters are saying.

4. Textbooks for children. A little hard to find, but if you can find them, they should be of great value. Since they are oriented to disseminating knowledge at the primary level, they are generally very suitable for their level (if relatively new, that is).

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As you prepare to leave high school, one of the best feelings is to be old enough to apply for an apprentice license and hopefully a driver's license soon after. Just a few steps closer to freedom.

Whether you are applying for the first time or have failed multiple times, people need to understand that writing a student exam is not as easy as you think it is. It takes practice, time and dedication. It's not just about studying or writing as many samples as you can, you also need to familiarize yourself with a vehicle.

Start studying

Get a K53 learning book as well as some previous documents to help guide your learning. The first step to pass is to understand the information and exactly what the rules of the road are. Often, people who have been taught by their parents or friends to drive a car that has already formed bad habits along the way once they understand these rules will be much more cautious about their habits. After learning about the different rules on the road, examine the vehicle's internal and external components.

Practice makes perfect

Simulated exams change every year, so hold some in your hands and start learning the different questions and how to differentiate the answers. Usually, just a small word can change the meaning of the answer, and only if you got into a vehicle (without going anywhere) to practice these rules will you understand the difference between the answers. Do your best to study in advance because intensive learning will only confuse you. The faster you pass your student's exam, the faster you can request your driver's exam.

Parents can sometimes get nervous accidents in a vehicle while their children are trying to drive. If yours doesn't have the patience to help you, don't forget to train in a vehicle. Contact a driving school or a professional instructor. They will also advise you on your exam.

Pass your exam

When the day comes, do your best to remember everything you have learned. Remember to concentrate and read the questions carefully. Be sure to write the test for the right vehicle you are requesting, as all the tests will appear in the same document, which can be confusing. Some of the above paper questions may appear on the paper, which will be an advantage, but for others, try to use the best you can from K53 student guidance. If it passes, it is free to travel on roads with supervision. You can drive a vehicle, provided you have someone with a valid license by your side. The more you experience roads, the easier and safer it will be during the driving test.

While driving lessons can sometimes be expensive, they are an integral part of your driver's license. Therefore, check with a professional school to begin some lessons before taking any driving test. There are many tips for beginners and safety processes to learn when riding with an instructor, so be sure to have time with someone who is patient, qualified, and at a reasonable cost.

If you prefer to learn to drive in your own vehicle, there are many cars for sale in Potchefstroom and throughout South Africa that are affordable for any student who wants to buy their first vehicle.