Ágil Bt.

Ágil Bt.

"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps."

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward.

A successful example

One of my students made a successful presentation at an international conference in Prague some months ago.
We had limited time for this project as he is a busy IT manager working for a big telecommunication company. He came to me with this demand and with little confidence, as he had very little experience in this field. We defined the goals, set up an action plan and carried out the task successfully. On the lessons we went through the basics, discussed each point carefully, focusing on „What to say” and „How to say”. Rehearsal was part of homework, and on the lessons (altogether this project took 12 lessons, and lasted for 3 weeks) I gave feedback immediately, and also useful tips, which helped him improve his presentation.

Now he is satisfied and more confident, full of motivation in developing his language skills, so our next focus point is going to be meeting skills.

My Experience Teaching in Language Schools

Working in different language schools always felt restrictive, especially in the ones where they had very particular methods that they wanted me to follow.
I think most of us question traditional ways of teaching when we first start. For me, at the heart was the following question:

Are my students really going to make good progress by coming to class two times per week and doing the standard homework?

I mainly taught classes of between six and twelve students, and the only contact we had was in the classroom. I wanted to help them in more meaningful ways, but our time together was limited and at first I didn’t have the necessarily knowledge or experience. Only the students who took responsibility for their learning were the ones who made any real progress.

Becoming a Language Coach

After years of experimenting with how I can make my lessons more effective I gradually changed my mindset, and now instead of seeing myself as a teacher, I now call myself a language coach. I use the knowledge I have of personal development and time management to help my students make the necessary changes.

I know what works when it comes to learning English and what needs to be done. So my aim is to make them:

  • Accept the level they have. (to get rid of the „I will never be able to speak well” syndrome)
  • Know that it’s okay to make mistakes (to forget about fears like: „People will judge me when I make mistakes.”).
  • Know what it takes to reach their goals.
  • Have the belief that they can achieve these goals.
  • Have a clear plan of action.
  • Use the time we have together in the most effective way possible.
  • Enjoy my lessons.

I can’t “teach” my students English; a language isn’t learned like this. But, what I can do is create engaging and relevant lessons, inspire my students, and show them how they can effectively make the progress that they desire.
I need to be much more than a language teacher, I need to be a language coach.