Learning a foreign language is a goal that many people set for themselves yet few accomplish. Research has well-established that language learning comes easiest for children, and that once the “critical period” has passed, it becomes very difficult to do, which is why it’s always inspiring when a senior citizen takes on the task. According to the most recent figures, the number of people over the age of 45 taking EFL classes more than doubled from 1995 to 2010 (the most recent year with data available). And the Department of Education has found the overwhelming majority of these students take the classes simply to improve their lives or their self-esteem.
As the proverb goes, “It is never too late to learn.” At CA Institute of Languages we have had many seniors take courses to improve their English for travel and to be able to do homework with their grandchildren. It is also a good way to make new friends and to get out of the house.