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What is the purpose of the introduction meeting?

Lifestyle and language mentoring takes time and personal commitment. We will discuss the four macro skills it takes to master a language. Talk about your preferred way of learning, connecting, communicating and how language fits in your lifestyle objectives.

It will be important to understand when and how often you’re available to meet with.  To get a feel for my speaking voice which is essential for a long-term mentoring relationship. The meeting is a chance to set clear expectations and touch on limits that could slow your progress.

Why do I want a language and lifestyle mentor?

Classroom learning of a new and foreign language has real limits. You likely and already know the gaps between where you are now in your English proficiency and where you want to be. The good life is about growing and maturing with ease. If you recognize the gaps, then there is room for a language and lifestyle mentor. Why struggle on your own or with fellow classmate all suffering from the same limitations. With my services as your mentor, you will have a resource to develop structure, find access, support, and tools to elevate your command of English.

How long must I commit to working with a mentor?

Typically, nine months to a year of immersive and consistent interactions.

Shouldn’t I be able to reach my language and lifestyle goals on my own?

Yes, you can with a little help to identify the gaps, learn to make the time, identify activities as well as forms the skills, habits and tools that classroom work do not provide.

What is a lifestyle mentoring session?

Mentoring is a two-way relationship based the two of us developing your analytic reading skills and modes of communicating. Mentoring is about providing guidance and exposing you to everyday life situations, places and activities that add context, fun and access to real life opportunities for you to practice your uses of English in real-time, public and yet, private setting.

In live classroom situations our abilities to retain new knowledge through association increases very much. We rely on what appeals to us in each place using our analytic reading skills, listening and public speaking skills. Each session will include the four macro skills used in ways that also, develop your English vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, understanding and awareness to improve your situational intelligence.

Each session will be planned in consideration of your priorities guiding you to recognize how to develop your ears, vision of possibilities, and situationally appropriate uses of English in your voice.

The active classrooms we choose will provide opportunities for incidental uses and modes of communication in English for your learning process.

You will speak, listen and start to think without first translating from your native language to English, so you gain confidence and an active command of the language.

What are the modes of communicating?

They are situational and contextual. Learning modes of communication is how we better recognition and access language. In a given situation, is language being used textually or verbally? Textual communication makes use of the writing and reading skills. When you arrive in the chosen classroom for the session, there will be visual cues involving signage and other visuals that speak to you. This will be followed by verbal communication which makes use of the speaking and listening skills.

How does the mentoring lead to success?

A common challenge learning a language is holding back so as not to commit a faux pas or even cause offence. By exposing you to different classroom settings and situational opportunities that match your lifestyle interests, we make learning fun and increase your curiosity.

Curiosity drives success. Our use of fun and contextual classroom locations as well as activities increases your curiosity and will align with your personal interests. Through the one-on-one situational mentoring, you will be provided practical and meaning ways to work on your focus skills.

Each session will make them an integral part of the learning objectives you decide on. I will guide your learning demonstrating how the skills are directly related to the structure listening, reading, speaking using appropriate vocabulary and the correct context that they are used in.

Curiosity matched with structural practice leads to success.

How long are the mentoring sessions?

A session is four hours long. They are important hours of taking a journey together. They will be designed to help you settle into our chosen classroom environment, to be scenic enough to help you ask questions of new and familiar settings. Long enough for building fluency hearing, thinking and speaking in English.

Why are the sessions four hours long?

The four important macro skills are best taught together. From the time we arrive at a chosen classroom, it will take time to setting into the environment and identify opportunities that express our focus objectives. Spending four hours together is intended to let you be fully immersive in the learning environment. Historical success of my approach to mentoring informs me that 4 hours leads to better retention for your success.

How far in advance should I cancel a session if I can't attend it?

Please give 48 hours advance notice when you have to canceling your booked mentoring session. Once you cancel your session, you'll be able to reschedule another session. Exceptions to the 48-hours advance notice will be considered in case of illness.

What if my booked appointment session is canceled?

Under rare circumstances, mentoring sessions maybe canceled. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience it may cause. You will be given 48 hours advance notice. Your booked mentoring session affected by a cancellation can be reschedule another session. Exceptions to the 48-hours advance notice will be considered in case of illness.

When should I schedule my first language mentoring session?

During the introductory meeting, you will be given an assessment form to complete. After giving your feedback on your priorities and objective to design your one-on-one plan, you can book your mentoring sessions.

How does language and lifestyle mentoring differ from tutoring?

Mentoring is a two-way relationship. The mentoring focuses on intentional situations you prioritize. It is about how you do want to live your life for you with your English voice. Come to the sessions with me to add clarity to the gaps that prevent you from mastery and language fluency. We will both prepare for your sessions, come with questions, comments or even articles to share that speak to your priorities and objectives. Then, the two of us will explore situational offerings in our chosen classroom. Come to give your complete attention.

First, I am not a language instructor preparing you to pass a test. Rather, a native speaker with a high command of business and informal situational English. Mentoring is a form of partnering with an experienced explorer to add successes to living and speaking in an English language world. Yes, English is the bridge language spoken all around the world. Unlike your online tutor or classroom teacher who propose lessons and leave you to implement it with some help from classmates, as your language mentor I stay with you to help you integrate the new skills and confidence you develop based on your personal priorities and goals to make sure you can really speak, understand and thrill in an English-speaking world.

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