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Customized online English coaching

Language learning is about building practical communication skills and strategies. 

It’s important to also have expert support, and most effectively, support that is customized to your personal goals and interests.

Your support should not just be about building practical skills in lessons, but also give guidance on the most effective strategies for learning independently outside the classroom.

With these ideas in mind, I started Pomaka English Coaching.

My courses provide customized support to language learners, especially those with specialized goals eg. IELTS test preparation, building business communication skills, preparing research presentations, and English interview test practice.

Courses can also be tailor-made for companies or larger schools/institutions.

The courses are online and real-time so can be taken from the comfort of your own home, work, or school.  All learner levels, types, and nationalities are welcome. 

While the one-on-one (private) courses are usually best for learners with special goals, I also offer a limited number of more general small group courses (see below for list of 2021 courses).

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2021 English Coaching Courses

1.  Speech Communication Course (small group)

2.  Presentation Delivery Course (small group)

3.  IELTS Preparation Course (one-on-one)

4.  Other customized courses (one-on-one or group)

All learners are given a free 30min one-on-one online lesson before joining their courses

(see below for more information on each of the courses)

 

1. Speech Communication Course 

Aims:  Build fluency and confidence in English speaking. Give learners practical skills that can be applied to real-life communication such as managing conversations, exchanging opinions, and linking ideas. Extra focus will be given to speech quality (phonology) and high-frequency vocabulary/phrases used in speech.

Learners can expect a high degree of interaction with both the teacher and other learners though small-group and pair-work activities. Learners will be asked to complete short homework tasks to prepare for each lesson’s speaking tasks. Learners will also receive personalized feedback including detailed written feedback from two short speaking tests.

Learner type/level*:  Upper-beginner to lower intermediate (CEFR A2-B1). Young adult/adult learners. All nationalities and learner types welcome.
Lesson length/timing:  50min/week x10 weeks (10 lessons)
Homework tasks:  Around 60min/week
Lesson size:  5-15 students
Course start:  April 18, 2021
Lesson timing:  Every Sunday 3-3:50pm Japan time (1am EST)
Lesson format:  Real-time (synchronous) online**
Total course cost: USD$100.00/student (including course materials)
Deadline for applications:  March 31, 2021

*All learners take a free 30min one-on-one lesson (& English level-check) before joining the course
**Learners need access to PC or device with a webcam & mic, and a stable internet/WIFI connection. Learners also need to have Zoom (free software/app) installed

Course schedule*

   Date/time**   Topic   Skills etc.
 1  Sun April 18, 3-3:50pm  Course outline & language  Asking for more information
 2  Sun April 25, 3-3:50pm  Hometowns and countries  Continuing conversations
 3  Sun May 2, 3-3:50pm  Weekends and interests  Similar sounds 1
 4  Sun May 9, 3-3:50pm  Travel (speaking test 1)  Pair-work vocabulary quiz 1
 5  Sun May 16, 3-3:50pm  Money and shopping  Giving opinions
 6  Sun May 23, 3-3:50pm  Food and eating out  Common phrases & idioms
 7  Sun Mar 30, 3-3:50pm  Communicating online  Similar sounds 2
 8  Sun June 6, 3-3:50pm  Study and work  Pair-work vocabulary quiz 2
 9  Sun June 13, 3-3:50pm  Movies and music (speaking test 2)  Linking/connecting language
 10  Sun June 20, 3-3:50pm  Review: Learner as teacher activity  Review

*Lesson content may change due to class/learner needs

**Lesson times are Japan time (12am EST)

Apply here for free 30min (one-on-one) introduction lesson

2. Presentation Delivery Course 

Aims:  Build learner ability and confidence in delivering English presentations. Give learners support in improving their delivery quality in areas such as rhythm, pausing, stress and intonation. Other areas of presenting will also be addressed such using visuals to support delivery, body-language, and engaging the audience.

Learners can expect a high degree of interaction with both the teacher and other learners though small-group and pair-work activities. Learners will be expected to prepare and deliver two mini-presentations during the course (which they receive individual feedback for).

Learner type/level*:  Intermediate (CEFR B1-B2); young adult/adult learners. All nationalities and learner types welcome.
Lesson length/timing:  50min/week x10 weeks (10 lessons)
Homework tasks:  Around 60min/week
Lesson size:  5-10 learners
Course start:  April 18, 2021
Lesson timing:  Every Sun 2-2:50pm Japan time (12am EST)
Lesson format:  Real-time (synchronous) online**
Total course cost: USD$100.00/student (including course materials)
Deadline for applications:  March 31, 2021

*All learners take a free 30min one-on-one lesson (& English level-check) before joining the course
**Learners need access to PC or device with a webcam & mic, and a stable internet/WIFI connection to use them. Learners also need to have Zoom (free software/app) installed

Course schedule*

   Date/time**  Topic  Skills etc.
 1  Sun April 18, 2-2:50pm  Course outline & delivery evaluation criteria  Warm-up speaking task: Presentation needs & experiences
 2  Sun April 25, 2-2:50pm  Body language & eye-contact
 3  Sun May 2, 2-2:50pm  Speed & pausing
 4  Sun May 9, 2-2:50pm  Phoneme/syllable stress problems 1
 5  Sun May 16, 2-2:50pm  Mini-presentation 1  Stress and intonation
 6  Sun May 23, 2-2:50pm  Phoneme/syllable stress problems 2
 7  Sun Mar 30, 2-2:50pm  Tips for visuals (eg. PowerPoint slides)
 8  Sun June 6, 2-2:50pm  Tips for engaging audience
 9  Sun June 13, 2-2:50pm  Mini-presentation 2  Useful phrases/language for presenters
 10  Sun June 20, 2-2:50pm  Review: Learner as teacher activity  Review

*Lesson content may change due to class/learner needs

**Lesson times are Japan time (12am EST)

Apply here for free 30min (one-on-one) introduction lesson

 

3. IELTS Preparation Course

These are customized one-on-one classes to prepare  learners for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) course.  Coaching can be given for both academic and general versions of the test.  Course content is based on learner needs/requests, but  lessons generally follow a format where learners do practice test questions/prepare writing tasks etc. for homework, and class time is prioritized for practicing the speaking interview test, giving feedback on homework writing tasks, addressing other problems with homework (reading and listening), and self-study guidance/tips.

Learner type/level*:  All nationalities and learner types/levels welcome.
Lesson length/timing:  50min/week x10 weeks (10 lessons)
Course start: Flexible
Homework tasks:  Around 120-180+min/week
Lesson format:  Real-time (synchronous) online**
Platform is flexible: Zoom/Skype/Facetime etc.
Total course cost: USD$400.00 (including course materials)

*All learners take a free 30min one-on-one lesson (& English level-check) before joining the course
**Learners need access to PC or device with a webcam & mic, and a stable internet/WIFI connection to use them. 

Apply here for free 30min (one-on-one) introduction lesson

 

4. Other customized courses

There are also limited times available for customized group and one-on-one courses. These can be tailored specifically to the needs or requests of the learner or group. They can also be specialized courses for companies or larger schools/institutions. Examples of courses might be practicing delivery for presentations, building business communication skills, preparing for job interviews in English, improving speech quality (pronunciation/phonology), or preparing for language test (eg. TOEIC, TOEFL iBT).

Learner type/level*:  All nationalities and learner types welcome.
Lesson format:  Real-time (synchronous) online*
Lesson length/timing:  50min/week x10 weeks (10 lessons)
Course start: Flexible
Total course cost: Negotiable

Platform is flexible: Zoom/Skype/Facetime etc.

*All learners take a free 30min one-on-one lesson (& English level-check) before joining the course
**Learners need access to PC or device with a webcam & mic, and a stable internet/WIFI connection to use them. 

Apply here for free 30min (one-on-one) introduction lesson

 

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