Language coaching is an applied methodology incorporating coaching fundamentals into the language learning context. The role of a language coach is to support and empower the learner on their self-led learning journey. LC focuses on the learners' communication outcomes and learning processes in their professional and personal environments, instead of working with pre-defined lesson objectives. A language coaching approach will embed the basic LC framework and specific elements into language teaching or training practices.
The objective of every coaching process is to assist the learner in self reflection and critical evaluation of their language usage as well as to assist them in defining and using the tools they need to progress in their target language.
At ILCA we provide Language Coach Training and support for language coaches at various stages in their journey.
ILCA has established its own set of assessment methods to determine if language coaching competencies are present in coaching sessions and other areas of coaching (running of a LC business, advertisements etc.). Originally with the purpose of assessing ILCA graduates, the Markers have been made available for anyone to make this assessment, ie. it is public domain. Therefore this tool enables a swift identification of language coaches with the help of this checklist. These markers are there for all interested to see the standards expected of a language coach. ILCA graduates are expected to work according to these to the best of their abilities and knowledge. Download our LC markers today to compare your current practices against our language coaching standards.
Our definition is:
Language coaching is a learner-led process aimed at creating optimal target language acquisition while working towards effective international communication skills in order to reach future-related goals.
The framework is based on strategies utilising intrinsic motivation and developing awareness, where the coaching practice develops and refines learning skills. Both parties (coach and coachee) share responsibility for the process and its success equally, with coachees taking ownership for their own learning and development.
As a result of the process the coachee will learn to gain control of their language learning and target language communication processes for general or workplace purposes.
Download our free e-booklet on language coaching to see how language coach training can empower you to help your learners on their language learning journey.