It’s coming to the end of the summer holiday season in the UK. I had a lovely holiday in Portugal at the beginning of July :-)
During my time there, I met lots of new people, many of whom asked me what I do for a living.
My answer was usually, “I’m an English Coach”
Their typical response, “Oh you teach English?”
My next response: “Well yes…….and no”. 🤔
You see, there is a difference between English teaching and English coaching.
Although I use my knowledge from English teaching, my approach as a coach is quite different…and I get much better results!
So here are reasons why you may benefit from an English coach rather than a traditional English teacher.
1. You have been learning English for a long time but you don’t feel confident using it
Traditional courses focus on gaining knowledge about the language. Coaching focuses on using the language so you can achieve your goals in work and life. A coach will give you lots of opportunities to practise your skills and give you valuable feedback. This will help you to build the confidence you need to USE English effectively.
2. You want a course that is relevant to you
Teachers tend to follow a set curriculum and use materials from books. A course with a language coach will be tailored to your exact needs. They will address YOUR gaps in grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, and help you to develop the skills you need to communicate effectively in YOUR work or business.
3. You don’t feel like a natural language learner
If you have already taken lots of English courses but haven’t made significant progress, it doesn’t mean you’re terrible at languages. It may be that traditional methods don’t work for you. But this belief that you are no good is stopping you from progressing. A coach will help you to overcome this belief and find the methods and activities best for you.
4. You have been trying to learn by yourself for a while but you get overwhelmed and distracted
Learning by yourself can be difficult, especially when you are busy working full time. An English coach will help you to set goals and create a plan to achieve them. They also provide accountability to make sure you stay on track. An English coach’s goal is to help YOU achieve YOUR goals!
5. You don’t have time to study
The modern world is busy and it is difficult to justify taking time out to complete a course. English coaching is flexible, and recognises that most learning happens outside the classroom. A coach will help you to become a better independent learner so you can keep on developing your skills after the course. Although the initial financial investment will be more than a teacher, you won’t need them forever. Huge changes can be made in just a couple of months.
If you can identify with any of the above, working with an English coach could be the solution for you.
To find out more about the 121 English coaching programmes I offer click here.
You can also book a free, no-obligation trial session to see whether English coaching is the right solution for you.