Frequently Asked Questions
1- Is LCC for native speakers or for second language learners?
LCC will benefit anyone who wants to improve their communication skills, language performance and public speaking experience, at any level.
2- How can coaching help second language learners acquire more language?
The term coaching in Second Language learning, just as it is used in sports, means to support a learner in achieving specific goals and in performing successfully in the second language. In the modern English as a Second Language classroom, where learner-focused, material-light, emergent language and conversation-driven teaching is advocated (See L.Meddings and S. Thronbury, Teaching Unplugged, Delta Publishig 2017), a coaching approach makes sense. Not only does a coaching approach fully and truly embrace all these aspects, but it also gives the learners an increased sense of agency, allows them to break down barriers and encourages them to think in the second language, thereby speeding up learning, increasing their own vocabulary and general linguistic mastery. (Read Coaching For Language Learning, E. Betham, 2018)
3- What is the difference between teaching, training and coaching?
They are all ways of facilitating learning and development. Teaching is passing on knowledge, training is practising skills, and coaching is helping you access your potential. There is generally a crossover between these three roles. At LCC, we prioritise coaching, as in our experience, it gets longer lasting and more powerful results.
In coaching, we explore topics that correspond to your needs and interests; we help you access your own knowledge and develop your abilities; we target your senses to create positive experience; and we focus on what works for you.
4- What is the difference between Coaching, Mentoring, Counselling and Pastoral Care?
Coaching is a development process for achieving specific personal or professional competence, result or goal, whereas Pastoral care is an emotional and spiritual support system, Mentoring provides advice and training, and Counselling provides assistance and guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems. Coaching is not a therapy or simply a support service. While coaching also provides support, it prepares you for the challenge of taking action to create real changes and outcomes as well.
5- How many coaching sessions does it take to achieve the goal set?
Coaching is the fastest way of making the significant shifts that will allow you to achieve your goals. The amount of time it will take depends on your commitment and initial perception of your goal. In our experience, it usually takes between two and ten coaching hours.
6- What happens during a coaching session?
We start by discussing what you need help with, and then assist you to clarify your goals and overcome any obstacles. We work together on achieving your goals. This is done through conversations, activities, games, presentations and role-plays, depending on what suits you best.
7- If coaching focuses on specific needs, how can you have a group session?
In a group session, we explore how each of us can use language effectively to address our own specific needs. Although everybody has different concerns, we often find we have common needs, or at least similar needs, that we address together and all learn from. During the session, we help each of you achieve your personal goals.
We can also address a variety of pre-requested topics (see coaching options), so that each group focuses on a specific need that is common to all attending the session.
Group sessions are very special in terms of the atmosphere, as everyone learns from each other’s experiences and coaching: Through the coaching of peers, one may grow to better understand one’s own learning and a greater choice may open up for you in achieving your own goals.
9- How can I find out more about LCC?
We recommend you read Coaching For Language Learning (E. Betham, 2018). This book with downloadable Interactive Projectable Classes in English for professionals describes how LCC is applicable in many language and performance coaching situations.
For any other questions, please contact us.