Friday, May 11, 2007

Homework for Adult ESL Students

As part of the Needs Assessment I do when I first meet a potential new student, I always ask if the student has time for, or wants, homework between our lessons. The adult students I work with often have full time jobs and families, and little time for homework.

However, since I only meet my students one or two times a week, I often encourage students to do some homework during the week. If a student really does not think that he or she has any time at all, I ask them to at least try to be conscious during the week of the grammar point, pronunciation, or whatever we are working on that week. I think it’s really difficult, if not impossible, for anyone to become proficient in a new language if they are only concentrating on it for a couple of hours a week.


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