Some of my adult students tend to say that they know little of English, whereas the truth is that some of them have an upper-intermediate level of language, I’d say. I teach a group of those people.
They tell me they’re too old to learn – they’re recently retired workers. How much can they really learn and acquire, concerning some competence at communicating in English? I believe – some of them are rather oldish – I should help them become more capable of learning and acquiring English. How shall I do this, how shall I prepare them to become more skillful to learn and acquire English?
Scholar and expert H. D. Brown wrote, referring to learners: ‘Don’t sell yourself short! You can no doubt take in a lot more information if you just make up your mind that you can do it and then exert some effort!’ (Page 50 from already mentioned A Practical Guide to Language Learning...).
Summing up: right now I make the resolution of trying to help those people become more skillful to reach as much as possible: I wish they tentatively take enough competence to be able to hold conversations in English and speak in that language when they travel abroad, for example for managing in a restaurant, for asking for help to arrive at certain place, etc. I ask God for help to reach this: the more the better. / Photo from: lizasreef com. tropical rainforest