• Learning a second language can be a challenge.

  • The supportive environment in group coaching can assist when learning a new language.

  • Working together teaches us more than just speaking.

My experiences of trying to learn a second language were mainly unsuccessful. I made slight process when I had to speak and interact with others in their language. Often when challenged, it appears that we opt to go back to English. At least that was what I did.

Over the years there have been English-Language learners (ELL) joining the youth groups.

When the ELL people interact with native English speakers there are many benefits. The mix appears to work better than a class of only ELLs.


Modelling: – The native English speakers show the ELL participants how to perform a task. Seeing others perform can be of enormous assistance.

Encouragement:  – Watching others communicate in English promotes the ELL person to speak. Also the English speakers encourage and assist the ELL participants.

Empathy: – The native English speakers show great empathy and patience for the ELL group.

Safe Environment: – Often we are nervous speaking a new language in front of others. But in group coaching the supportive environment makes it easier.

Group Work: -Learning on your own is difficult. Working in groups makes it fun. It is more natural when they work together and peer-teach.

Small Groups: Working in small teams assists them to gain greater confidence.

Rotate Roles: -Each session they can try different tasks. This helps them practice and develop different skills.

Constructive Feedback: – Feed back is a key element. Feed back done in a constant and effective way assists everyone involved. Those giving, those listening and those receiving feedback benefit.

Oral Communication:  -Speaking the language ingrains the sound and feel of the language. Yes, reading and writing are important, but speaking English in front of other people is crucial to success.

Listening:  – Working in a group gives them the opportunity to listen and comprehend English.

Reading Aloud:  -There are opportunities to read out their roles or tell their stories. This is great practice.

Make Mistakes: Let them work through their mistakes. They can correct themselves. This helps them get a better grasp on the language.

Practice: – The ELL student will be able to model themselves on the other participants. It is gratifying to see the interaction.

A non-threatening, supportive environment assists enormously. At first there is no pressure to take part. After watching others, the ELL person will start to participate.

They proceed at their own pace. It is extremely rewarding to watch.

Immigration is increasing around the world. This is another example of how group coaching can assist.

Are you are interested in learning more about group coaching?

If so, contact me to obtain a report on a simple and easy system on how to set up group coaching programs for youth. You can do this in the ‘Contact us‘ section of the website.

Please contact me to enter the discussion OR TO REQUEST A FREE COPY OF THE GROUP COACHING PLAYBOOK. 

Wishing you lots of love and laughter, as always.

Fred Jones

Victoria, BC Canada

Fred Jones

Fred Jones

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