ONE TO ONE CASE STUDY

“One to one coaching has helped me to gain confidence in different business situations”

Jens U, Project Manager

Jens U. is a project manager working for a global engineering company. He spends a lot of time in board meetings and needs to communicate with international partners and customers in English. He never learnt English at school and has picked up his language along the way.

The Plan

Jens U. and his language coach met and discussed his needs and examined his strengths and weaknesses and outlined areas to work on. Together they outlined the structure of the first 10 weeks and set goals.

IMPROVE SMALL TALK

WRITE AND DELIVER A GREAT PRESENTATION

USE TENSES CORRECTLY

Method

Jens and his coach practised and recorded a series of conversations that imitate real life situations.

Method

Jens worked with his coach to prepare a presentation focusing specifically on language and presenting style. This was recorded on video.

Method

Together with his coach, Jens recapped past, present and future tenses. The coach used techniques that connected Jens’s learning to his personal experiences.

Outcome

Jens has increased his familiarity with everyday English expressions often used by native speakers and has become more comfortable in small talk situations.

Outcome

Jens prepared his own presentation on a topic of his choice and improved his presenting style together with his coach.

Outcome

Jens has learnt to assess his own uses of the tenses. He feels more confident that he is speaking using the appropriate tense for the situation.

Next steps

Jens would like to continue discussing further general topics in the next ten weeks.

Next steps

Jens feels happy to leave this topic and would like to move onto a new topic: the language of meetings.

Next steps

Although not perfect, Jens feels more comfortable and would like to continue to work further on this area of grammar.

How the course progressed after 10 weeks

Jens continued to assess his own progress, setting new goals or redefining original goals. We moved on to different areas of business English relevant to his evolving working tasks. The most notable improvement has been in Jens’s accuracy and ability to self correct.