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ADED 640 Techniques and Approaches to Teaching Adults

This course deals with various advanced theories and approaches to teaching adults, paying special attention to the role of English communication for the workplace. As part of our framework, we will use major adult learning theories such as transformative, self-directed, experiential, and cooperative, in order to explore various aspects of adult development as they relate to life-long learning. The course uses extensive readings, class discussions, and site observations of adult education centers, community education, and workplace education settings to address adult teaching strategies in various environments. The course in particular will address the following topics: learning and improving English literacy as an adult; advanced approaches to teaching reading, writing and communications skills; technology as a teaching tool; teaching students with disabilities; and cultural and gender discrimination.


Special information

Prerequisite: Admission to the Adult Basic Education Certificate program.
4 Graduate credits

Effective May 6, 2020 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Demonstrate knowledge of various advanced theories and approaches used in teaching adults
  • Assess and evaluate various techniques and approaches of teaching advanced literacy and lifelong learning skills to adult learners in a variety of contexts.
  • Evaluate various approaches for teaching English as a foreign language in academic and post-secondary settings
  • Demonstrate understanding the of technology as a method of knowledge delivery in adult education settings
  • Evaluate the techniques and strategies of teaching learners with disabilities, cultural and gender differences

Summer 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Techniques and Approaches to Teaching Adults Park, Rosemarie Abebe, Daniel Woldeab, Daniel Books Course details

Fall 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Techniques and Approaches to Teaching Adults Staff, Staff Books Course details