What is language coaching? Border-cross communication.
Updated: Oct 2, 2019
Our performance-oriented society needs a new solution?
What is the difference between teaching & coaching ?
Globish, the language of global business
Our world becomes smaller and globalisation speeds up our needs in communication. Due to a fast paced environment, increasing interconnectedness and rapid change, there
is a growing desire for a new dynamic approach to improve the way people communicate with each other. For most business people it is still a big challenge to face conversations with global teams, clients or stakeholders. Unfortunately, the English we learnt in school is not the English that increases our impact and success in international affairs. No doubt, effective communication has to be studied on 3 levels, the verbal part represents just 10% of our impact in communication. Further, global English communication requires tolerance, empathy and communication skills that border-cross the verbal correctness of English speech.
Further, global English communication requires tolerance, empathy and communication skills that border-cross the verbal correctness of English speech.
Teaching vs coaching English
Language teaching summarised with some factual bullet points can be defined as a passive, book related, instructive one-way process of language acquisition, teaching rather irrelevant content in a non-cost-effective way. The social context of learners and the cultural interaction are not taken into account. The relationship between learner and teacher is rather distant and lacks confidence and comfort. Fears & blocks may increase when the learner is sensitive and pre-conditioned, motivation may decreases.
Impact language coaching is an individualised, focused and humanised approach for learning effective English communication for global business.
Language coaching, just a trend ?
The coaching business booms but still few people know what language coaching means, here I will give some frame and explanation to clarify. The basis of language coaching is a deep theoretical linguistic as well as neurolinguistic knowledge together with coaching practices such as:
1- Goal setting process & needs analysis to increase commitment
2- Trigger coaching strategies to unblock
3- Awareness coaching to reflect
The entire coaching learning process, time-framed and goal-pregnant, is the most cost and time effective way of improving communication skills.
Language coaching implies an active & flexible learning process in which high motivation takes top priority. The learner assumes responsibility and ownership in the learning process while receiving feedback or acknowledgement for improvement in speech. Material and topics are chosen selectively to increase focus, stimulate or arouse reflexion, clarify grammar & vocabulary gaps in a real life manner for specific business needs. May grammar books play just a supportive role for exercises. The equal status of learner and coach reduces fears of committing mistakes when detecting possible blocks of communication. Trust and comfort are the basic condition to be most effective and focused. The entire coaching learning process, time-framed and goal-pregnant, is the most cost-and-time-effective way of improving communication skills.
The equal status of learner and coach reduces fears of mistakes when detecting possible blocks of communication.
2 coaching models for more success learning languages
Several models are used in the language coaching process, here I will mention 2 of them:
The PROGRESS© model
(Practise. Repeat. Ongoing. Goals. Remember. Emotions. Success. Start again)
This concept introduced in the 19th century described by Auguste Comte and Herbert Spencer is used to describe the progressive learning process. This model aims at goal reaching while triggering positive emotions for more success to increase the motivation to learn more.
The SCARF© model
(Status. Certainty. Autonomy. Relatedness. Fairness)
David Rock in 2008 introduced this model and suggests that there are 5 social domains
that activate the same threat and reward responses in our brain that we rely on for physical survival. This model is useful to minimise perceived threats and maximise positive feelings generated by reward. Our communication skills are directly influenced by emotions & feelings may blocking our creativity for solving problems or reducing our willingness to collaborate. Reward empowers and self confidence grows.
Brains are like faces, all of them are different. When I started to work with clients one-on-one, it caught my attention that every learning journey was different.
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Globalisation speeds up our needs in communication.
Phrasal verb + noun (acelerar)