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Why language coaching?

The rapid advancement of information technologies in recent decades has profoundly impacted various aspects of our lives, including language education. In the past, teachers served as the primary source of information during the language learning process. We relied on cassette tapes or CDs for listening practice, while educational videos on VHS and DVDs added variety to our textbook-based learning.

However, today's landscape is vastly different. We now have unlimited access to an abundance of language learning materials in various forms: articles, videos, podcasts, movies, TV series, educational apps, language learning support groups on social media, and the option of online tutoring. Excuses like "I don't have the means / conditions / opportunities / time to learn a foreign language" no longer hold water. The responsibility for education and its progress lies solely with the student.

Obtaining learning resources is no longer a challenge, but the real difficulty lies in selecting the right ones amidst the overwhelming abundance, maintaining motivation, and persevering through obstacles and personal comfort zones.

While there are numerous resources available on "what to learn", there is often insufficient attention given to "how to learn". Every individual's brain learns differently, making it crucial for learners to identify their specific needs and what aids their progress.

Equally important is recognizing our own capabilities and limitations and establishing a sustainable learning system that aligns with our unique needs and lifestyle. Without this foresight, initial bursts of motivation can wane over time, leading to a decrease in prioritizing language learning and ultimately leading to neglect. Life inevitably throws obstacles in our path, making it essential to adapt and incorporate a foreign language into our daily lives, even during hectic periods. Only then can we escape the "perpetual beginner" trap and transition into becoming active language users.

All of these factors significantly influence the success of language learning. While classroom lessons are essential, the most crucial language acquisition often takes place outside those sessions. Recognizing this, language coaching bridges the gaps and complements traditional learning approaches.

Mgr. Jana Grežová, ACPC

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