This glossary explains frequently used terms relating to the language/integration nexus and guides you through the apparent complexities of the relevant concepts and terminology.

Erwachsenenbildung (Adult education)

Adult education (or “andragogy”) is education for people who have already completed their formal schooling. Adult education institutions take a variety of forms and include the adult education centres (Volkshochschulen) and institutions offering vocational training and political education.

Adult education differs from schooling for children in various ways. Adults have a wealth of experience of life and work to draw on and can bring this to their learning. The decision to learn is usually a voluntary one, so adults tend to be better motivated than children. They generally have a reason to learn – perhaps the expectation that learning will help them achieve their personal goals. For teachers working in adult education, this means that their students have the maturity and freedom to make decisions about their own learning, enabling teachers to offer them the greatest possible autonomy on their learning journey.



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