A Comprehensive Language Coaching Handbook: Theory and Practice

This review originally appeared in IATEFL Voices 290. You’ll be pleased to know that Voices reviews have a 400 word limit, which saves you the pain of all my usual rambling in reviews! Haha.

Gabriella Kovács.

Pavilion Publishing, 2022

This book provides a detailed insight into the theory and practice of language coaching. It is aimed at anyone looking to move into language coaching, and classroom practitioners looking to integrate coaching techniques into lessons. The ideas in this resource tend to focus on coaching related to professional and business English, although I feel they are applicable to a range of contexts.

The first part of the book covers the theory of coaching. An excellent framing chapter defines language coaching and explains how it differs to language teaching. The author explains that language coaching is a supportive, learner-led process geared towards helping ‘the client’ develop autonomy in achieving their own goals. In contrast, teaching is perhaps more directive, syllabus driven, and with narrower (language-specific) outcomes.     

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