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Language Coaching or Teaching? Which is best for you?

How to start working on your English skills can sometimes be difficult, whether you have decided to learn a new language for fun or because you are relocating, for work, or for any other reason.

Finding help can be extremely beneficial in improving your English, and it has been shown to improve performance dramatically, but who should you work with?

What is the difference between a Language Coach and a Language teacher?

In this post, we'll look at the main differences between working with one or the other.

When you work with a good English Communications Coach, YOU ARE THE HERO.

In a classroom, the teacher is the ‘hero.’

Although both professions involve working with non-native English speakers, there are fundamental differences in approach and goals.

An English teacher focuses primarily on teaching the rules and structures of the English language, focusing on grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. They may use textbooks, exercises, and tests to help students master these concepts, and they may measure student progress. English teachers typically use activities to help students improve their grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and overall understanding of the English language. These activities may include grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking exercises through textbooks, worksheets, online materials, or classroom instruction.

In contrast, English communications coaches use activities designed to improve a student's communication skills in a business context, such as public speaking, business writing, and interpersonal communication.

A coach helps their coachee develop the confidence and skills to communicate effectively in various business situations, such as meetings, negotiations, and presentations. Activities include simulations, role-playing, feedback on real-life communication scenarios, and customized training materials that focus on specific business situations, such as giving a presentation, negotiating a deal, or attending a meeting.

English communication coaches also focus on helping non-native speakers understand cultural nuances and adapt to different communication styles. To this end, a coach may conduct activities that help students learn about the business culture of the English-speaking world, such as how meetings are held, the use of small talk, and the importance of nonverbal communication.

𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐧 *WHERE* 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐠𝐞-𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐣𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲.

A teacher will normally suffice if you are a lower-intermediate or a beginner English learner, but suppose you're a busy business professional who is already at an upper-intermediate or advanced level of English. In that case, you'd benefit most by working with an English Communications Coach who can guide you while driving on your Language Learning journey.


✨ I am Maria.

👩🏻‍🏫 I love learning about new things and sharing free tips that help Business Professionals reach their life goals through more clear and effective English. 🎯

👉 Need help with your English Communication skills?

Book a Let's Chat meeting on Zoom; I will point you in the right direction.


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