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Intrinsic Motivation - A Most Powerful Force! What an incredible tool for motivating adult English language learners. It is at the heart of first-language acquisition and naturally most effective for acquiring 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.
When you are designing learning (regardless of the delivery medium) key to success is an understanding of how adults actually process new information and, therefore, acquire new knowledge and skills.
As we are all aware, adults are different from children in many ways, including the way they learn. Necessarily, learning strategies for adults are very much different from learning strategies for children.
In comparing words with similar meaning, in different languages, one would find that they are not 100% same. They may share 90% of the same meaning, but 10% are different. In case of English and Japanese, the difference can be found in words refer to people. It may show the difference of the language origin. It is the cultural background.
Distance learning and adult education are certainly in the spotlight at the moment. As economic problems spur individuals to improve their CVs or consider a change in career, and universities begin to offer more and more distance and e-Learning courses, now seems the perfect time for adults to think about going back to school.
For years, I taught English to people who often ran out of class because they heard their child crying in the next room. They all had children or grandchildren under five, which meant they weren't always able to get to class, had no time for homework, and couldn't go anywhere in the afternoons. So why did I love my job?