20131020_5483FinalI have been involved in the teaching of English as a Foreign Language since 2001. For ten years I worked for one of the most prestigious language schools of Hungary specialised in corporate language training. After gaining considerable experience in teaching I became responsible for the professional supervision of courses and then was placed in charge of the academic team. During this time I supported the professional development of hundreds of teachers and observed the language learning of over two thousand students, celebrating their successes and helping them over difficulties.
Working in educational management in the UK in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language helped me gain further valuable insights into language use, teaching methodologies, cultural aspects and the wide range of learner types.
I have spoken to several thousands of people wanting to learn English about their goals, expectations, hardships and successes, and thus I have listened to several thousands of different stories about successes and failures. I have always been amazed by how different we all are and have spent every day of my working life helping people learn the language their own way and do their own very best. I have seen people facing challenges of communicating in English and then the satisfaction and appreciation they earned after coping with them. I have acknowledged the importance and value of speaking a foreign language, but also that it is a long and draining process and besides trying to cope with the challenges of everyday life, work and the expectations of the employer it is not easy to maintain the kind of motivation that is essential for improvement.
I believe that anyone can learn a foreign language, given they have access to the appropriate methods. And appropriate methods do not come from the teacher but the learners themselves. It is important for the learner to be aware of what is working for them and what is not, what motivates and what pushes them to learn. They must also see the short- and long-term results they want to achieve and how much effort it is going to take. Besides, I strongly believe that the language learning process must become a positive and enjoyable experience.
Language coaching builds on the language learner – their experience, skills, habits and preferences and thus fine-tunes the learning process to perfectly suit their needs. It gives me great pleasure to watch students follow a goal-oriented and personalised plan towards the highlights of their English speaking career.

 

Qualifications

Certified Language Coach, Efficient Language Coaching, Mülheim, Germany, 2013

Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching, The Coaching Academy, London 2012

Mentor and Trainer for Teachers, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest 2008

MA in English Language and Literature and TESOL, Eötvös Loránd University of Science, Budapest 2004

Translator and Interpreter, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest 2002

B.Ed in English Language Teaching, Eötvös Loránd University of Science, Budapest 2001

Zsófia Kocsárdi