What is language coaching?

You may have attended many English classes before both at school and afterwards. So you know what an English course is like. What I offer is not English teaching, but English coaching. What is the difference?

Time commitment: One of the key differences is that most of the work goes on outside of our meetings. This means that if we agree to meet for one hour a week, you will have done three hours or more in between our meetings so that we have something to work on during the session. So in a way you are getting four hours of learning for the price of one.

Materials: There is no course book in language coaching because your language goals are unique. Our first session will be devoted to finding out what your language goals are. What do you need to be able to do? This may be that you need to achieve a certain IELTS or TOEFL result or that you need to be able to present your company’s product to potential buyers. The materials we use will be from your day to day work including company brochures, reports and emails while in the case of IELTS and TOEFL we will use sample tasks from the tests. Also in this session we will need to make sure that your goals are realistic and how long we need to continue in order to achieve them.

What happens in a language coaching session? A typical session will include getting feedback on what you found most challenging in the previous week’s tasks, identifying areas where you need to improve, answering your language questions, practicing oral skills and agreeing on the next week’s tasks. It is also important to note that a language coaching session can happen face to face or online using a free communication tool such as Skype. It may be a good idea to mix the two to minimise my travelling expenses.

Tools and habits: An important part of the coaching is to equip you with the tools and habits to continue once the coaching is over. For example we may agree on a selection of online publications which you will read regularly. I will recommend ways of working on written and spoken materials to expand your vocabulary. This may involve using certain recommended online tools and apps. These will usually be free of charge.

Group sessions? This approach can work with small groups of up to about four which have more or less common goals.

Summary: If you picture a sports coach then you will have a good idea of what to expect from language coaching.

The main challenge is that it depends on your active participation and contribution. If you have not done any of the independent tasks agreed before your next meeting then it is probably best to postpone the coaching session because there will not be much to work on.

The main advantage to this approach is that it is personalised to your needs and your way of working.

Call me now to arrange English language coaching in the Aarhus area of Denmark or online.