Sessions / Teaching Mature/Lifelong Learners
The Corona Pandemic caused many language providers to adapt their workshops and course programmes in order to meet the clients' needs online. This paper identifies challenges and solutions to establishing 'how' to communicate remotely in an effective way and follows this up with the solutions and opportunities presented by remote working. This presentation draws on solutions identified by clients, colleagues and feedback.
People over the age of 60 are the fastest growing age-group world-wide, with age-related declines in cognitive abilities projected to have major social and economic implications. Bilingualism has been shown to protect against cognitive decline, and it has been argued that foreign language training late in life can also be beneficial to cognitive function. This workshop reviews the current evidence, exploring opportunities, and practical implications for the teachers of older learners.
Mastering the English tense-aspect system remains challenging for university EFL learners, namely given their writing needs in academic English and, eventually, for work-related purposes. We developed eight shortcuts that reflect the shared conceptualizations of the main tense-aspect grammar rules, based on ontological structures of time and happenings. These shortcuts have allowed students to efficiently understand the main workings of the entire system and facilitated their appropriate use of English tenses.
Not ready to give up on board games? Then don’t! Come to this workshop to learn how to keep using board games in your online classroom. It’s easier than you might think!
With Taiwan officially becoming an aged society in 2018, intergenerational learning has received increasing attention. We developed and implemented an intergenerational learning program in which 20 dyads of elementary school children and their grandparents learned English alphabet and the words associated with the 26 letters of the alphabet. The target words are representative of Taiwanese culture, for example, b for bubble tea. The program holds considerable promise to foster collaboration, interaction, and exchange between generations.
As the population ages, and more becomes known about the benefits of late-life language study, the number of senior language learners continues to increase. However, teacher education programs generally provide very little input on the opportunities and challenges of teaching languages to people aged over 60. This workshop explores the social and cultural construction of age, the stereotypes faced by older learners, and suggests ways teachers can tailor learning activities to maximise motivation and involvement.