I’m hoping you can help us write the job description for a learning coach. It may be helpful to build towards a practical guide to coaching by outlining some of the roles a coach can play for the learner that are distinct from teaching English.
Here’s a list, which we’d like to develop with your help, of some coaching roles. If you think of more or disagree with any, please leave a comment.
Coaches monitor learners’ motivation levels and suggest ways of boosting enthusiasm.
They set appropriate high standards for the learners to reach as well as praise them for the progress they make.
They expect the learners to do their part and make an effort in and out of class.
They expect them to put in the hours of training required.
Coaches make sure time is devoted in class to learners sharing differing learning experiences and helping each other learn better.
Coaches help learners organise their study notes and manage their time better.
Coaches actively encourage the learners to bring queries to the class and they clarify doubts and questions.
They bring errors to the learners’ attention.
Coaches recommend books, magazines and websites to encourage extensive reading.
They email links to sites that their learners might find interesting, useful or entertaining.
They recommend reference books such as dictionaries and grammar books.
Coaches are e-vailable as a point of contact throughout the week.
Coaches speak to learners in English, providing lots of listening practice.
They listen to learners, too.
Coaches give advice on how to improve skills, grammar and so on.
They supply their students with useful learning tools such as the phonemic chart in order that their learners can learn effectively for themselves.
Coaches are language learners themselves; they lead by example.
As well as helping us define coaching, we could use this list to reflect on the extent to which we are already coaches for our students. Ask yourself whether and how much these roles and activities are already a part of your teaching life.
I’d also like to suggest giving this list to learners as a springboard for writing the even more important English Learner’s Job Description.