Learning English effectively: a modern approach
Why is learning a language such a challenging task? Can it be made easier and even enjoyable? Ekaterina, the founder of Element, a language and communication training company for Tech specialists, explains how to approach learning English using coaching principles and neuroscience to make it more effective.
Here are several options for learning English:
— Neurolanguage Coaching focuses on efficient transfer of language knowledge and skills from coach to student, employing brain-based coaching and neuroscience. This approach helps students form strong neural connections in a brain-friendly way, resulting in faster language acquisition and increased confidence in achieving language learning goals.
Overcoming language barriers
— Neurolanguage Coaching is a key element to overcome language barriers as it’s tailored to the individual needs of each student. As neural connections are unique to each individual, a one-size-fits-all learning method is not possible.
Element's experts conduct language interviews to determine students' language level, potential, requirements, and personal challenges. By asking the right questions, the expert can identify each student's individual challenges and tailor their learning approach accordingly.
Research has shown that new knowledge and skills are best assimilated and reproduced when the brain is in a relaxed state. While we may be used to studying under stress, Neurolanguage Coaching takes a completely opposite approach. Coaches create a calming and friendly environment during each session, explaining how new neural connections formation works and how lower anxiety and stress will promote better results.
Setting achievable "language goals" and staying motivated
— Since Neurolanguage Coaching is rooted in coaching principles, a crucial element of this approach is goal-setting. Many folks are searching for a quick-fix or a top-notch tutor who can magically transfer their knowledge into the learner's mind with a "Copy-Paste" technique. Regrettably, it doesn't operate in this way. The sooner this is understood, the better. Our experts lead you speedily and efficiently from point A to point B by establishing attainable language goals. Meanwhile, they instill the concept: "You're in charge of driving, and I'm your navigator." This way, learners take responsibility for their learning process and stay enthusiastic and involved.
For one person, the internal drive to master English is to witness kangaroos in Australia while mingling with the locals on their voyages. Someone else desires to bring their technological product to the global market or create a breakthrough in medical research. Each time a learner wants to skip a class or give up, a teacher reminds them about the larger scheme where English is only a tool - what awaits them at point B is more significant, broader, and more ambitious.
Let's confront reality: the ability to speak like a "native" in a month, six months, or even a year is impossible. Actually, enhancing your listening abilities to grasp not just a measly 10% of your manager's dialog, but a solid 30%, within a mere 3-month timeframe, is totally doable. Setting specific timeframes and keeping track of your progress is paramount, as it allows you to adjust your goals accordingly. Employing Small Steps Techniques not only provides a sense of accomplishment with each achievement, but also ensures you stay on track and avoid going off course.
Life hacks to self-study English effectively
- To get to the root of your language barrier, ask yourself five important questions. Why do I struggle with speaking English while traveling? Am I scared to make mistakes? What makes me so afraid of slipping up? How would I feel if I did make mistakes? Why am I hesitant to look foolish? Is it because I worry that others will ridicule me like they did when I was younger? Identifying the source of the problem is key to finding its resolution, which accounts for 80% of the solution.
- Create a comfortable study environment and view English classes as a "reward" rather than a "punishment." Enjoy a delicious snack or beverage, study topics that are interesting and applicable to you, and be kind to yourself to ease your mind.
- Even if you feel confident in your abilities, consider meeting with a language coach for guidance in setting language goals and developing a personalized plan.
Learning a language without a textbook and regular classes
— Spoiler: there is no easy way. With the Neurolanguage Coaching approach, textbooks aren't necessary as coaches tailor courses to each student's specific needs. For example, a focus on functional language for presentations can help bring products to market. Addressing grammar and vocabulary gaps can also improve workplace communication. This method is more efficient than starting from the beginning with Unit 1, which typically covers the Simple Present and Present Continuous tenses. Your unique background, experiences, and current context can all be used to customize your learning journey.
Learn more about our coaching approach here.
— Remember, every new language learned opens up a new life experience. One language equals one life, so why not broaden your horizons?