Interviews with Alumni of the Language Coaching Certification Programme

We are in the process of interviewing alumni of the Language Coaching Certification programme to get their detailed feedback as to how the programme has affected them personally and professionally. We will be updating this page regularly – so please keep checking in from time to time if you are interested to read more.

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“It was a wonderful journey of becoming a language coach. I was looking forward to the classes every day, thanks to the dopamine flush given by Rachel. I am more than happy to have found this course. The combination of the elements of “neuro”, “language” and “coaching” gives the opportunity to my students and clients to overcome their difficulties, moreover, find the joy in learning and using the language. Now I pay even more attention to how my coachees feel, what they like, in what way they find comfort. My coachees find the lessons more enjoyable, feel more secure, relaxed. It is wonderful to see the relief in their eyes and even their posture when they are asked how and what they would like to learn. They don’t feel they are the subjects of the learning process but the master of it.

Full interview: Olga Dobrókáné LCC Interview

Olga Dobrókáné, English teacher, Hungary

“It was a mind-blowing experience. Before the course I had felt frustrated about teaching because many methods and approaches I had tried never seemed to work as perfectly as claimed to be and students’ motivation and commitment did not last long. Now I have all the answers I had been looking for a long time. I feel that my learners take more responsibility of their learning process so somehow it makes me feel less stressed and conscious about my performance. The learning journey is being done their way, they are more engaged and into the language. Grammar teaching in coaching is more of an engaging discovery and an interesting conversation rather than a dull explanation. I wish they taught neuroscience at schools. If they did, the world would definitely be a better place. I also believe that the Neurolanguage Coaching approach is the future of language learning because it really works!!

Full interview: Aleksandra Marta Misinska LCC Interview

Aleksandra Marta Misinska, Spanish teacher, Spain

“Now I am no longer a language trainer, but a Neurolanguage Coach! For me it was like a puzzle piece falling into place. The LCC was highly motivating, inspiring, challenging and energizing. I completely changed the way I approach grammar topics by chunking them down into brain-friendly learning units. The most important insight for me however was the transition from a language teacher to a language coach. It is the perfect couple. You build upon your experiences and add the coaching part and the insights of neuroscience. What a ground-breaking merger! My learners are all happy, they are extremely motivated and eager to learn and to improve their English. Being a certified and accredited Neurolanguage Coach® builds the trust you need to start a new business relationship. Exciting years to come…

Full interview: Ingrid Layer LCC Interview

Ingrid Layer, English Trainer, Germany

“The Language Coaching Certification course has been extremely useful, practical, thought-provoking and eye-opening for me.  Practical skills can be learned throughout the LCC course with a tangible result. I’ve changed the role and style of the teacher and become a helper/facilitator who accompanies clients in their personal learning process. Since I’ve completed the LCC course, I started using coaching, brain- based coaching principles and different language learning methodologies as vehicles throughout coaching conversations which concentrate on my client’s real personal needs, interests and goals. I can even see the long term impact on them, they feel more supported and they can open up more concerning their personal struggles and pain in language learning.

Full interview: Krisztina Streitman LCC Interview

Krisztina Streitman, Business English and Intercultural Communication trainer, Hungary

“The course gave me many new ideas and lightbulb moments on brain-friendly language learning and coaching. My trainings and coaching sessions are now inspiring and energizing for my clients. I have developed a completely new attitude towards helping my students to learn Grammar and noticed the how much they enjoy and improve their language skills. I realized that I can make a difference from original language teaching to a very efficient and inspiring way of learning a language. Another impact on my clients is the way grammar learning is delivered in Neurolanguage Coaching through Grammar breakdowns. Especially linking Grammar aspects to their native language causes a much better understanding of English Grammar. I can work out new strategies with my learners to get around blockages. It energizes and motivates me and my clients to work on their roadmap for reaching their language goals.

Full interview: Petra Navel LCC Interview

Petra Navel, Business English Trainer, Germany

“Neurolanguage Coaching®certification course was a fantastic journey leading me to my life achievement – being someone more than just a teacher! It’s not teaching any more. I treat my ‘lessons’ as social meetings, lovely conversations and a possibility to change someone’s attitude towards learning a language. My learners can enjoy the process, can discover their true potential and first and foremost, they started believing in themselves

Full interview: Renata Kądziela LCC Interview

Renata Kądziela, English Teacher, Poland

“Neurolanguage Coaching® certification course provided me with the knowledge, the boost and a professional edge that I was looking for as a Business English trainer. It greatly contributed to my professional as well as my personal development. Everything the course dealt with blended seamlessly into my daily work so I could try and test the newly-acquired knowledge right away. Due to this course I could experience immediate change in my own teaching / coaching approach, which was rewarded by my clients` progress and positive feedback. They immediately noticed the different approach, which made them calm down and focus more. Motivation is a powerful tool and with the right amount of motivation the learning process becomes more engaging. Energy flows where attention goes – this course by Rachel was exactly the case in point. Thank you very much. I would not have liked to miss it

Monika Brabers, Language Teacher, Netherlands

“The Neurolanguage Coaching® course was a great framework and structure for achieving the best results for learners, I particularly benefited from learning about powerful open-ended questions when looking at clients’ real motivations for learning, signposting language during learning sessions and seeing goal setting in terms of mechanical and mastery goals. Deconstructing the grammar and chunking it down to brain friendly patterns has benefited me in how I approach my own language learning, so I’m confident that this is a very important approach for taking the fear out of learning grammar that many people feel. Doing the course has reinforced the importance of recognising that each one of us has our own unique way of learning and bringing the power of this awareness to our learners can help them focus on finding their own strengths that will ultimately lead to the faster and more efficient acquisition of the language

Full interview: Lynne Reid-McConnell LCC Interview

Lynne Reid-McConnell, English Teacher, UK

“Taking the LCC has been a life-changing experience for me. Not only did I learn, but also I was personally trained to become a Language Coach. I was mostly surprised by how much interaction, role-playing and personal training we had! For the first time in my life I was able to go through a real coaching experience, which is why I now feel confident enough to apply this method with my own clients. I’m feeling more confident and I feel more confident to charge more and value my hours of work. LCC has dramatically changed the way I deliver language. I can now teach grammar in a much friendlier way. Grammar is no longer the “boring” or “frightening part” of my sessions :-). Taking the LCC has led me to proudly say “I’m a certified and accredited Neurolanguage Coach®”, what an amazing feeling! If you’re in doubt about taking the LCC, don’t hesitate! Just do it. Trust me, you’ll be forever thankful to yourself for doing it 🙂

Full interview: Michele Halloy LCC Interview

Michele Halloy, Foreign Languages Teacher, Argentina

“Three words spring to my mind: learning by doing. With all that help and support from Rachel, we were all finding our way to coach each other right from the very start! I also acquired a tremendous amount of immediately applicable theoretical input and knowledge. It would be easier to list highlights and insights from each session as there were so many! The crucial insight for me was that the transition from a language teacher to a language coach is not in any way about discarding your previous professional experience. Quite the opposite. You build on it and add the coaching element and information from the latest neuroscience research, which opens up whole new vistas for you and for your learners. For example, I have completely revised the way I approach grammar points with my learners. The Neurolanguage Coaching® course was a game changer for me.

Full interview: Petr Mařák LCC Interview

Petr Mařák, English teacher, Czech Republic

“For me Neurolanguage Coaching® was a significant step forward! It gave me an opportunity to discover new teaching methods. It was also deeply self-motivating. After the course you are not the same person any longer! You realise how powerful and surprising our brains might be and how much, the way we behave, we speak, we listen to the others influence them and their reactions. I think I became more confident, more creative and efficient. My coachees seem to be happy and that is the most important for me. Secondly, they feel more comfortable in grammar but above all in showing me their weaknesses, so I can help them to overcome them.

Full interview: Dorota Czalbowska LCC Interview

Dorota Czalbowska, Polish and Italian Teacher, Poland

“Taking the Neurolanguage Coaching® course was phenomenal. Delivery of the course by Rachel was perfect, not only in her obvious mastery of the knowledge she shared, but her delivery was on point! I enjoyed the course so much, I would look forward to every session with great anticipation. I really appreciated the melding of coaching practices with neuroscience. The two are woven together in a natural way that surrounds the coachee with a sense of really being understood (not so much academically, but personally, emotionally). I believe this is a vitally important element that sets neurolanguage coaching® apart from other approaches.

Full interview: Diane Jackson LCC Interview

Diane Jackson, Cambridge English speaking examiner, Education director, Content creator and Teacher trainer, Malaysia

“I already sensed that the old methodologies used in the classroom were obsolete and we, as teachers, needed to do a more student-centered work. I just didn’t know exactly how to do it. After the Neurolanguage Coaching® course, this idea became much clearer and the work I should do was no longer a mystery. Now I know exactly what kind of techniques I should use. It was tremendous! I started caring more about how my students feel and neuroscience became a part of the process I begin with each student. I’m no longer a teacher, definitely, but a coach, a trainer. My hour price went up and now I work for myself and can make good money. New clients appeared and I’ve been really busy.

Full interview: Clarisse Roberte LCC Interview

Clarisse Roberte, English teacher, Brazil

“Taking the LCC was something challenging, inspiring and life-changing, indeed. After my certification I was able to understand better how to proceed further, and I noticed how important it is to have a network who is also interested in reaching the same goals. I‘ve been much more motivated to teach, and more interested in learning the way every one learns. I’ve learned how to relax, to work less, to have a break, and consequently my teaching has improved. That has clearly made our sessions more productive, amusing, and they have been more confident and motivated. A huge Thank You! 🙂

Full interview: Marília Schmitz LCC Interview

Marília Schmitz, Portuguese and English teacher, Brazil

“The course was extremely thought-provoking, informative and motivating. Neurolanguage Coaching® allowed me to step into my role. I feel I have the knowledge and the will to continue on this learning journey with Rachel and NLC. I have had success and a good breakthrough with one student I have taught for 5 years. He is speaking, finally!!! Neurolanguage coaching® is one of the best courses I could have done

Full interview: Tamzyn Carra do Couto LCC Interview

Tamzyn Carra do Couto, English teacher, Portugal

“The LCC program is inspiring, motivating and an enriching experience. It has given me the opportunity to merge my soft skills together with some new fresh approaches of Coaching and Neuroscience targeted to language learning. The result: powerful language sessions targeted to my learners’ language goals. Thank you, Rachel for sharing all this knowledge with us and for being such a lively and enthusiastic mentor.
It has been a pleasure to learn from you!”

Full interview: Mònica Barnés Quintana LCC Interview

Mònica Barnés Quintana, Spanish&Catalan Language Trainer, Spain

“It was innovative and ground breaking. I am catering for students’ own needs and desires, which makes me set priorities in my lessons. I have been focusing on results more than ever, particularly how clients see these results, their perception of learning. I feel I’m making them more aware of what they really want and where they want to get.

Full interview: Vera Freitas LCC Interview

Vera Freitas, Language instructor, Brazil

“The course was also a platform which allowed me to exchange experiences and insights with coaches from all around the world, which was truly invaluable. Since participating in the LCC I have been experimenting with using Polish in my sessions and I immediately noticed that my clients grasp various grammatical structures more quickly. Immediately after the course my teaching became more peaceful and more focused. The course has provided me with tools that bring in a lot of structure and clarity to the entire learning process. I am very grateful to Rachel Paling for sharing her knowledge and for creating a thriving community of people who want to develop and grow. Thank you, Rachel!”

Full interview: Natalia Kazik LCC Interview

Natalia Kazik, English language trainer, Poland

“LCC was a fantastic and enriching experience. It was a breath of fresh air. My coachees feel both liberated and committed. Also, I feel that they are truly aware of where they are right now in the learning process. Thank you, Rachel, for the Brain Friendly Grammar Conversations. This is such an important tool when delivering, for instance, the Subjunctive in Portuguese. Hearing my clients say “I want to know more about this” is brilliant!”

Full interview: Fatima Roussado LCC Interview

Fátima Roussado, Portuguese as a Foreign Language teacher, Portugal

“LCC was a easy-flowing experience. Smooth and familiar. I am more patient, I practice active-listening a lot more and it is all about the students now. I think I have finally found a path to follow that really suits me”

Full interview: Alaine Altube LCC Interview

Alaine Altube, English teacher, Spain

“It was really transforming. It’s a whole new way of guiding people to discover a new language. I already feel the impact of the new approach on my coachees. I definitely see them more motivated and aware of their learning processes”

Full interview: Gabriela Brugalli Müller LCC Interview

Gabriela Brugalli Müller, Language teacher, Brazil

“I found this course very inspirational, it motivated me to look differently not only at my way of teaching, but also at my general attitude. I became a better listener and I am asking more powerful questions, this had a significant impact on my interpersonal relationships. I am definitely better equipped to help language learners to achieve their goals. I also witnessed the “aha moments” which my clients are experiencing, and it’s amazing”

Full interview: Evgeniya Medvedeva LCC Interview

Evgeniya Medvedeva, Mandarin Chinese/ Russian/ ESL tutor, The Russian Federation

“The Neurolanguage Coaching® Certificate was the perfect option for my clients and I. I was specifically after something forward thinking.  Neurolanguage Coaching offered that. Through Neurolanguage Coaching® we use a ‘brain friendly’ approach. There are many tools that we learn which really help the clients come out of ‘drama’, negative ‘limbic’ reactions and help prioritize their tasks. The approach is so brain friendly that my coachees don’t feel that they’re ‘in’ training, and at the same time their brain is developing the language skills much faster. It’s very professional, effective and efficient. In addition to this I’m seeing the positive impact it’s starting to have on their personal lives too. It’s a win-win situation. Also, in Europe being a fully qualified Advanced Neurolanguage Coach® under an accredited institution such as the ICF is an additional asset. “

Full interview: Cheryl Williams LCC Interview

Cheryl Williams, Language Teacher, Malta

“Participating at the LCC course was just what I needed to give a new impulse to that moment of my own professional transition. I could feel the positive energy flow. I started to tailor every grammar lesson and left aside books and classic exercises. Giving more space and a more active role to my learners, improves their motivation and strengthens their commitment and self-confidence. I feel empowered to continue and improve my way to deliver highly personalized language training”

Full interview: Monika Vogel LCC Interview

Monika Vogel, Language Teacher, Switzerland

“The words that come to my mind if I think of this course are the following: empowering, inspirational, practical and scientifically solid. It made me even more empowered in myself as more understanding, emphatic and accepting and the way my coachees reacted, the way they were shocked and how much they were energized and inspired was absolutely fascinating and confirming”

Full interview: Rita Farkas LCC Interview

Rita Farkas, Business English trainer, Hungary

“It made me feel renewed in my mission of coaching people into acquiring and improving their language skills. I am rediscovering myself as an individual and as a professional coach. It feels amazing.”

Full interview: Alessandra Gato LCC Interview

Alessandra Gato, Foreign Languages Teacher, Italy

“It was amazing, I really learned a lot!  The coaching principles were very new to me and I am amazed by how helpful they are, even for regular teachers.”

Full interview: Camille Delefortrie LCC Interview

Camille Delefortrie, English and Dutch teacher, Canada

“It was a life changing experience. It helped me also with my confidence as a language professional. It taught me that what I thought it was the best for the students, in fact, isn’t. I think that every single teacher should take this course because it shows how different each person is and what makes the learning process easier and what doesn’t. It changed how I perceive clients, how I tailor the lessons to their needs, how I organize the sessions. They feel more comfortable speaking, they feel encouraged, they are not stuck… They see progress.”

Full interview: Eva Peckova LCC Interview

Eva Pěčková, English tutor, Czech Republic

“It completely changed my approach to how I work with private clients and how I teach in the classroom. Grammar can be fun! It doesn’t have to be boring, and doesn’t mean having to follow a textbook or completing gap-fill exercises. Being able to explain the science behind this approach gives it a professional view. No more going back to „the old way“ of teaching languages! I totally feel like a rebel but in a good way.”

Full interview: Karin Raffa LCC Interview

Karin Raffa, English & German teacher, Germany

“I decided to look for something new. Something that really helped my clients learn English more efficiently. NLC method is the best way how to learn something and measure progress in an efficient way. I now set my very own goals with an action plan focusing on one step at a time and I am now more likely to achieve those goals. My coachees get a feeling of how much they’ve learned and the progress they’re making. They now feel confident with their English.”

Full interview: Juan Carlos Campos LCC Interview

Juan Carlos Campos, English teacher, Peru

“Coaching is not just knowledge but a set of skills and that was perfectly reflected in the practice-oriented sessions. With the LCC course I learnt how to best figure out what an individual needs. I found that the techniques I was learning were perfect solutions to the audience I’d always worked with. I felt energised and inspired and that of course reflected in all areas of my life. My attitude changed and I got more skilled in finding out exactly what my students needed and how they needed me to teach them it. The results they produce are much better and far more tangible than what I experienced as a teacher. This focused and goal-oriented process gives clarity to learning, helps achieve goals and develops learning strategies that guarantee long-term results development.”

Full interview: Zsofia Kocsardi LCC Interview

Zsofia Kocsardi, English teacher, Hungary

“It was definitely a striking and a life-changing experience. I’m feeling I’ve become a more useful teacher at school, a more illuminative coach for my coachees and a more tolerable wife and mum at home. I can see the motivation and satisfaction in their eyes which makes me feel incredibly happy. Since I took the LCC, I’ve totally become someone new. Knowing how the brain works and functions really helped me to understand my coachees’ problems about learning the language. The things I’ve been keeping in my mind since I took the course are: motivate my coachees, find out their previous obstacles while learning the language. My coachees have noticed the difference and they keep telling me how willingly they are coming to my language coaching sessions. I am so happy for having such a fantastic and a life-changing course, and so grateful for meeting a person like Rachel.”

Full interview: Mujde Eroglu Orter LCC Interview

Müjde Eroğlu Örter, English teacher, Turkey

“It was an inspiring and important learning experience. With the LCC course I learnt how to best figure out what an individual needs. I have seen how effective it is so I will gradually shift from just plain teaching to language coaching. My students can really see the change and love it.”

Full interview: Gabriela Alvarez LCC Interview

Gabriela Alvarez, English teacher, Italy

“It was an inspiring and important learning experience. With the LCC course I learnt how to best figure out what an individual needs. I have seen how effective it is so I will gradually shift from just plain teaching to language coaching. My students can really see the change and love it.”

Full interview: Anna Strehl LCC Interview

Anna Strehl, English teacher, Germany

“I found the course fascinating. I found I was guiding clients towards discovering the answer rather than explaining it to them directly. Setting the goals together motivates the client more and starts the course off on a positive note. Now, I’m able to market myself as a Neurolanguage Coach®, differentiating myself from teachers. It made me a more complete language “trainer”. I feel I’m now able to help higher-level learners more effectively teacher.”

Full interview: Gareth Jones LCC Interview

Gareth Jones, English teacher, United Kingdom

“It was definitely an eye-opening experience which grounded my professional practice. It allowed me to know exactly what I am doing to help my coachees achieve their personal language goals. Becoming an active listener was a turning point in my teaching practice. I have grown a neurolanguage coach presence which provides me with confidence to support my coachees. My learners have expressed witnessing a big impact in their language learning process and they highly appreciate it. NLC has definitely been a life-changing experience in my professional development”

Full interview: Ana Sanchez LCC Interview

Ana Sanchez, English teacher, Spain

“I really discovered what coaching is and it blew my mind. I realized that the coaching methods we learnt about were so great and that they work. You’ll get a really different view of your work and of your client in front of you. The immediate impact after the course on my way of teaching was that I tried to focus on the “state of mind” of my client. They are so happy with my attitude and method that I get a lot of recommendations, and I think that’s the best feedback. I am now able to get them in a calm state, so that they are not blocked or afraid of something new or get embarrassed.”

Full interview: Tania Hoffmann LCC Interview

Tania Hoffmann, Luxembourgish and German teacher, Luxembourg

“As I was putting the course to “use” with my students, I saw some changes in the way they received the material, the level of comfort and confidence was increasing and the results were definitely there. I felt like a kid in a candy store because of the old insights led to new insights and more depth. The course helped me gain a “global” vision of life in general and a better way of interacting and communicating with others as well. It also brought more structure into my life. I found that the course affected how I positioned myself professionally. The impact on the coachees I work with is that they become self-sufficient, creative and confident.”

Full interview: Veronique Dupuy LCC Interview

Veronique Dupuy, French Tutor, USA

“Taking the LCC was like taking a step forward in my career as I’d been searching for some effective new methodology and approach to teaching. It helped me change the general approach to teaching from that serving solutions attitude to making the students look for and find the solutions by themselves. I was able to present my clients the certificate as confirmation of newly gained skills and could negotiate higher prices for my services. I can see coachees enjoy the classes more than when they use course books for learning.”

Full interview: Emi Kamiya LCC Interview

Emi Kamiya, Japanese and English Teacher, Japan

“Thanks to the course, I have more clarity over what I would like to do in the future. I feel a lot less ‘resistance’ from my university students and I believe it’s because my rapport with them is better, softer. I see myself teaching less and coaching more, both with one-to-one clients and small groups. They do feel a big difference between their traditional English class and their class with me.”

Full interview: Sofia Potes LCC Interview

Sofia Potes, Business English Teacher, France

“Taking the LCC was like taking a step forward in my career as I’d been searching for some effective new methodology and approach to teaching. It helped me change the general approach to teaching from that serving solutions attitude to making the students look for and find the solutions
by themselves. I was able to present my clients the certificate as confirmation of newly gained skills and could negotiate higher prices for my services. I can see coachees enjoy the classes more than when they use course books for learning.”

Full interview: Diana Karczewska LCC Interview

Diana Karczewska, English and Spanish teacher and tutor, Poland

“Everything was so practical that you could test it straight away and the awesome results really motivated me to want to learn more. It showed me how to give the client space and support so that he/she can do all the learning him/herself. I never imagined things could actually go from really good to awesome, and in such a short time. This new-found faith gives the client the right support and motivation to face even a very short course and get a feeling of fulfillment and pleasure.”

Full interview: Ines Reynoso LCC Interview

Ines Reynoso, English teacher, Italy

“I started becoming conscious of the important role of the coach in a session. I discovered a change in the energy not only in me, but also in the coachees. I became a better active listener and everybody saw the difference. My place as a coach is not the same as I used to have as a teacher. NLC certification gave me tools to step aside as a coach, and let my coachees lead the lessons. I feel my learners are eager to learn.”

Full interview: Patricia Quiroga LCC Interview

Patricia Quiroga, English teacher, Argentina