Teaching English

* Training
* Tuition
* Coaching

Language and communication coaches

Several of the members of this site offer English language training services. Their links are listed below. The right hand column below provides a brief summary of the various ways of learning a language.

Mike Gould, Michael Gould Associates BV
Academic writing, group & individual coaching sessions in writing, presentation and negotiation skills
Kumar Jamdagni, Language Matters
Teaching English
Teaching at all levels in commercial and technical areas
Maris van der Laak
Language teaching
English training

Language training

There are several types of language training. The best known are shown below, although these are often modified or combined:

Direct method

This natural method is based on the idea that second language learning should imitate first language learning by the learner speaking and listening to the new language in realistic everyday situations. The learner hears and uses the language before seeing it written and is encouraged to think in the target language. Written homework reinforces the lessons. This method enables the learner to communicate quickly and is mostly used with a live trainer when speaking and listening skills are the objective.

Grammar-translation method

This method involves analysis of the written language using translation exercises, reading comprehension and written exercises. The grammatical rules are learned and vocabulary lists are memorised. This method is generally considered to be ineffective when used alone, but it is used when written skills are the most important objective.

Audio-lingual method

This self-teaching method is based on repetition of dialogues about everyday situations. Reading and writing are used to reinforce the practice sessions. This method is rather limited in the degree of understanding of the language it can provide, but it is useful when no live trainer is available.