You may not see the necessity for an adult person to learn to speak. Most of us learn to speak in the first years of our lives simply by copying our parents. However, if your parents are not using language in the correct way, you cannot learn to speak correctly. The next step to learning to speak is when we reach school age and your teachers begin correcting any errors in your speech. Many people in South Africa have not had the opportunity to go to school and therefore their speaking has never improved. An adult basic education and training programme will assist individuals who want to learn to speak correctly or learn to speak a different language.