Are children better learners than adults?

At English Claro, English lessons and courses are personalised to you as an individual, even as part of a group. I will adapt your lesson plans to suit your needs.It is extremely important that you receive English classes not only based on your current level of proficiency but also depending on your stage in life. Here I have written some of the reason for study differentiation:

English lessons and courses are personalised to you as an individual

Research that was made during a period of one-year time showed that between groups of adults and adolescents, the latter had the best results in almost all the tasks that were tested. A number of observations have shown that young learners seem to pick up other languages quickly, without having been taught formal rules, but adults need to be taught rules and principles deductively.

Generally, it is said that children are better learners than adults

Children under seven years display a phenomenal ability with memorization. Adults, however, do not. Adults apply their cognitive abilities to the analysis of the syntactic rules of the second language, while young learners rely more heavily on their use of rote memory for language learning. Adults are eager to learn syntactic analysis sooner because they realize that they have difficulty in remembering all the sentences that they have heard.

Adults have a wealth of experience to draw on, and like to do so. There needs to be opportunities for adults to connect learning to their own unique personal or work situations, and opportunities for them to personalize the learning in this regard. Obviously, adults aren’t used to taking direction in education like children are. Children learn because they are told to learn things that will have some relevance in the distant future and will do so without questioning why. Whereas adults need to be explicitly told what they are doing and why so they can connect the desired learning outcomes to their own goals and progress.


Adults need specific opportunities to self-reflect and internalize their learning. Children are more social in classroom settings than adults and talk to each other about their experiences. Adults need to be offered these opportunities to reflect on new learning or else they won’t internalize and retain as much information. Older learners have more preconceived notions about education, learning styles, and subject matter. They prefer to learn a certain way, even if it is not the most conducive to their individual needs. Unlike adults, children will try most new tasks and see them through, regardless of how well they do. To overcome this adult learning barrier, we need to appeal to many different learning styles and present information in a variety of ways.

Appealing to many different learning styles

Adults are (often) afraid to fail. Children don’t have the same social filters and are more willing to experiment. Adult learning needs to be scaffolded (built on in small pieces and supported with extra learning) or they risk losing their intrinsic motivation and focus.


For all the above reasons, at English Claro English lessons and courses are personalised to you as an individual adapting lesson plans to suit your needs.


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