Many students struggle with improving their English. There are many reasons for that as is explore on this site and in another blog I maintain. On this page I will post bits of my coaching with my clients ( video and audio) that illustrate common problems and how they can be solved by methods that server to empower them. Keep coming back as I will keep adding to this page.
That is how they will learn to keep improving, so they can approach native-like levels in all areas of their speaking.
Stella, an Italian and an aspiring English teacher, received coaching from me over a 6 months period, typically one hour per week.
Stella wanted to get as close as she could to native-like. In the time with me she managed to sort our many issues. More importantly, her confidence improved and she came to understand and know what she has to do to keep improving. And as she says, she knows that she can keep improving now with the skills she has gained.
Here is an example of how not immediately correcting a pronunciation mistake, gives an opportunity for the person to find the required pronunciation himself. This has many benefits for the student.
He is learning to be more observant, a fundamental requirement for anyone who wants to learn how to improve their language.
Copying or imitating someone else does none of that. It really is a poor method of instruction.
Students want it initially as that is what they are used to. Once they see the power and the results that come from the approach practiced here, they soon embrace the new approach.
Irene, who has now gone back to Vietnamese to pursue a career in teaching English there, was coached by me for 3 months.
Though already very competent in English when she started, she experienced significant breakthroughs in her English AND in the way she learns. As she put it, "I once again feel passionate about learning English"
Apologies about the video quality.
One of the biggest problems learners have is actually finding the pronunciation errors they may be making or how they can improve from where they are.
Some try to learn the correct pronunciation and use that. At advanced levels it is far more effective to work from where you are now and to improve on that.
Some of the mistakes you make you can recognise IF you listen to yourself. Here is one technique you can use for that.
Jenny also had 3 months coaching with me. As you can see, she experienced a number of changes that has completely revitalised her learning and the results she is getting.
Jenny is a childcare worker with a passion for working with the young ones in our community.
Here is an audio clip of a part of one my coaching sessions with a Spanish speaker. He has been working on incorporating some accent changes into his normal speech.
This can take a bit of time but can be readily accomplished as long you go about in effective ways. Here is I am talking about the distinction between repetition and ways of working that will produce results not for just the issue being dealt with but also for future learning.