This is the second in a new series of podcast episodes about brain-friendly language learning. When I began teaching English as a Foreign Language, I intuitively used my coaching skills so I began research language coaching. Just before the USA went into lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic, I enrolled in Rachel Paling‘s course to become a certified Neurolanguage Coach®. In May of 2020, I talked with other Neurolanguage Coaches about their approach to language coaching.
About Kelly Bennett Nowocien
Kelly is a British Linguistic Life Coach & Mindful Communication Trainer based in southern France. She works internationally and online with busy non-native and native professionals who want to get more out of life and their English communication. In other words, clients improve their life and their language at the same time.
Kelly provides a 3-in-1 service that includes language coaching, life coaching, and mindful communication skills.
The foundational values used to guide Kelly:
Mindfulness – how are we being when we are communicating?
Meaningfulness – making connections. . . how is it connecting with the audience?
Minimalism – less is more. . . being clear and simple as possible
Motivation is key for the client and coach
It’s seeing that sparkle of insight in the client’s eye when they suddenly understand something. . . that’s what really motivates me.
How is coaching different from teaching?
- Coaching is more of a collaboration.
- There is an equal relationship between two people working together.
- Clients are in a safe, confidential environment.
- Mistakes are welcome, not judged.
- Clients are engaged in setting goals.
- Self-evaluation is facilitated by the coach.
- Coaches ask questions to bring out the client’s confidence.
- Coaches have a toolbox that is adapted for each client.
The benefits of working with a language coach
The idea isn’t to work with a coach forever. It’s to send them off so they can fly off by themselves one day. . . . One of the greatest things, I think, with coaching is the confidence that they get.