Bilingual and retired: More mature adults learning two languages
Many are making their retirement a learning experience, going back to school and studying subjects they never had time to explore. Some of the most popular classes are those that teach a second language, according to The Gainesville Sun.
Linda Cirulli-Burton, 59, is currently enrolled in Italian II with six other classmates her age. "We discovered our love for Italian, and we all worked together to get into this class," she told the news provider. "I think [the instructor is] finding in the older students, we're not driven by grades... We all bring the desire to learn."
Paul and Virginia Campbell were both inspired to take the course after visiting the country. The two have dabbled in a number of other languages as well, including Spanish, French, Haitian-Creole and German.
Student Jim DeFord feels the same way. "I will be 72 in two months and decided it was now or never if I ever wanted to learn the language," he said.
Many Del Webb retirement communities, such as Sun City Festival, offer innovative partnerships with universities that are a valuable resource for people who want to go back to the classroom and learn more about subjects of their choice. The courses are taught at on-site classrooms in Del Webb recreation centers and subjects span a variety of topics such as history, computers, genealogy, literature and photography.
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Heading back to the classroom has become a popular retirement activity for older adults.