I'm sitting in a cafe because the internet went down at home. So even though I guess I could just go pop on over to Google and find some amazing article or find out who's already dug out a perfectly expressed quote from some Second Language Acquisition tome meant for the Dip., written in 1987, I'm not in the mood.
You and I both know, don't we, that it's good old fashioned common sense:
Happy students learn better.
Whether they're five or fifteen, twenty five or fifty five, motivated people learn more than those who aren't.
So what sorts of things can we, as language training professionals, do to keep adult learners from looking like this?
How do we get them actively participating?
Getting them to feel a real sense of pride in their learning accomplishments?
How do we encourage them to conscientiously do their post- and pre-task activities (a.k.a homework)?
Can we encourage them to enjoy learning English more? How?
p.s Yes... these are totally staged pics but not only do I have permission to use them, this posting was actually suggested by my great students, M & P... and they took the photographs themselves!