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Introduction This is a really interesting question that we need to consider because teaching young learners or adults are completely different jobs, requiring very different skills, approaches, attitudes and personalities. Teaching children • More opportunities Firstly, there are a whole lot more jobs out there for teaching young learners than there are for adults, although the number of adult learners has increased in recent years, but still much lower than the number of children enrolled in school. • More fun children are typically more active and have more energy than adults, so that they need a variety of fun activities in order to keep them interested in the lesson. teachers are encouraged to games, songs, videos, storytelling, drawing so that they are more likely motivated in paying attention to what they are learning. • Progress Especially at the younger ages the progress of students make can be really impressive. young learners learn a new language faster than adults and use the language taught in the course quickly. • Discipline On the other hand, working with kids can be as fun as difficult and the classroom management can be more of a challenge with kids than adults. It is important then to know how to approach them using some tricks in order to build a good rapport with them, especially since the beginning. • Variety As I said above, young learners get bored easily and their attention span is definitely shorter than adults. A positive aspect to remember is the large variety in the lesson, lots of different interactions, chances to move around. teacher should then bring fresh ideas to build up their imagination and creativity while they are learning a new language. Teaching Adults • Motivation Generally adults are higher motivated in studying a new language, as it was their choice to attend the course while young learners are less motivated to attend a course as usually they have to. • Impact According to what I have already said above, adult students are often studying english for a specific reason, either they have to use english at work for meetings and phone calls with foreigners or plan to travel abroad or communicate more with their foreign friends. So every lesson will be directly applicable to their daily lives, whereas kids may be not using the english they learn ‘for real' until later on in life. • prior knowledge and experiences Adults have a huge store of knowledge and experiences that they love to share during the classes while young learners have almost blank states. Listening to them can be a good opportunity to keep the lesson interesting, therefore teachers should encourage them to share and use their experience in their teaching. • Expectations Adults will have paid for the class themselves and will have certain expectations of what they will learn and how fast they will progress. teachers often have to manage those expectations as well as ensure the students can clearly see what they have learned through informing them of lesson aims, skills acquired or the use of learning journals for example. Conclusion I think that both of them will be a wonderful experience, really different from each other but there is a challenge from both sides. Both are great opportunities to learn something of yourself and motivation to make progress in your job; as I have worked with kids before I personally would like to see myself working with adults. kids have lots of enthusiasm and passion when they really like doing something but you have to be always ready to be creative, change plans, find games and fun activities. It could be interesting to see the adults approach to a new language and encourage them with the same enthusiasm of a child. eaching children vs Adults Introduction This is a really interesting question that we need to consider because teaching young learners or adults are completely different jobs, requiring very different skills, approaches, attitudes and personalities. Teaching children More opportunities Firstly, there are a whole lot more jobs out there for teaching young learners than there are for adults, although the number of adult learners has increased in recent years, but still much lower than the number of children enrolled in school. More fun children are typically more active and have more energy than adults, so that they need a variety of fun activities in order to keep them interested in the lesson. teachers are encouraged to games, songs, videos, storytelling, drawing so that they are more likely motivated in paying attention to what they are learning. Progress Especially at the younger ages the progress of students make can be really impressive. young learners learn a new language faster than adults and use the language taught in the course quickly. Discipline On the other hand, working with kids can be as fun as difficult and the classroom management can be more of a challenge with kids than adults. It is important then to know how to approach them using some tricks in order to build a good rapport with them, especially since the beginning. Variety As I said above, young learners get bored easily and their attention span is definitely shorter than adults. A positive aspect to remember is the large variety in the lesson, lots of different interactions, chances to move around. teacher should then bring fresh ideas to build up their imagination and creativity while they are learning a new language. Teaching Adults Motivation Generally adults are higher motivated in studying a new language, as it was their choice to attend the course while young learners are less motivated to attend a course as usually they have to. Impact According to what I have already said above, adult students are often studying english for a specific reason, either they have to use english at work for meetings and phone calls with foreigners or plan to travel abroad or communicate more with their foreign friends. So every lesson will be directly applicable to their daily lives, whereas kids may be not using the english they learn ‘for real' until later on in life. prior knowledge and experiences Adults have a huge store of knowledge and experiences that they love to share during the classes while young learners have almost blank states. Listening to them can be a good opportunity to keep the lesson interesting, therefore teachers should encourage them to share and use their experience in their teaching. Expectations Adults will have paid for the class themselves and will have certain expectations of what they will learn and how fast they will progress. teachers often have to manage those expectations as well as ensure the students can clearly see what they have learned through informing them of lesson aims, skills acquired or the use of learning journals for example. Conclusion I think that both of them are wonderful experience, really different from each other but where there is a challenge from both sides. They are great opportunities to learn something of yourself and a motivation to make progress in your job; as I worked with kids before I personally would like to see myself working with adults. kids have lots of enthusiasm and passion when they really like doing something but you have to be always ready to be creative, change plans, find games and fun activities. It could be interesting to see adults approach to a new language and encourage them with the same enthusiasm of a kid.