Learning to Teach Adults: An Introduction

Learning to Teach Adults: An Introduction

Learning to Teach Adults: An Introduction

Learning to Teach Adults: An Introduction


Learning to Teach Adults is an indispensable guide for anyone who teaches, or is planning to teach adults. This comprehensive yet light-hearted book gives sensible advice on the business of teaching and training, and is relevant for any subject taught, be it archery or zoology. Writing with passion and humour, the author provides helpful tips, ideas and practical examples throughout. Topics include: *adult learners and learning styles *teaching methods and techniques *course and lesson planning *student motivation and participation *dealing with awkward situations This engaging and accessible book is essential reading for anyone teaching adults for the first time. It is also a useful reminder of good practice for experienced teachers and trainers and a helpful refresher for anyone returning to teaching after a career break.


I've known Nick for several years, when he signed up to study for a Master's degree with us (and I do still wish he could have continued to do a doctorate as well). We've kept in touch since he finished his degree and, since he's a lovely chap, I had no hesitation when he asked me to write the Foreword for this book.

Forewords are a somewhat curious convention, especially when they are contributed by someone other than the book's author. Flattering for me, of course, given the implication that my imprimatur (I've always wanted to use that word, whatever it means) will in some way add credibility to the book and encourage potential purchasers to reach quicker into their pockets. In some cases, but not this, it may also be a paying of dues. Or just a finishing touch, perhaps. Anyway, here goes.

Teaching adults is both a terrifying and rewarding experience. Every time you do it unless you've had some sort of sensory bypass there is that fear. Perhaps this time they'll find you out; you'll dry up; it won't work; you'll run out of things to do; they won't co-operate; they'll ask you questions you've no idea how to answer; they'll know so much more about it than you do. Eventually, of course, all of these things do happen, but you get beyond them.

Anything that'll help you to overcome and control this fear is gold dust: both for you and your students. This may seem particularly true if you're new to teaching adults, but it also applies if you've been doing it for some time. We all run out of inspiration and ideas from time to time, and need refreshing.

This book, then, is gold dust. It's full of helpful and applicable ideas, to be used whatever and however you are teaching adults. Read it, enjoy it not least because of Nick's dry wit reflect on it, and then apply it. It will work, more or less (Nick's suggestions aren't cast in stone, and

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