#179: Do You Really Need a Teacher?

Have you ever wondered ‘what does a great teacher do’? What’s the difference between a good teacher, and a great teacher? And what is the difference between a teacher and a coach? In today’s podcast we will answer all of these questions, and also talk about teaching methods and discussing how a great teacher or coach can have a tremendous influence on your learning process. So if you’re an avid learner like us, this podcast is perfect for you! 


  • Traditional vs. modern teaching methods.
  • What does a great teacher do?
  • How the traditional “teacher/ student” model is changing.
  • What is a Coach? What is a Fluency Guide?
  • Do you really need a teacher? or a Fluency Coach?

Words You’ll Learn:

  • Skyrocketting: something that increases very steeply or rapidly.
  • Outbench: to bench more weight than someone
  • To bench: lift weight while you’re on your back
  • Jump into a topic: start talking about a certain topic.
  • Impart: sharing something, disperse knowledge.
  • Essence: the nature or quality of something.
  • Empowerment: the process of becoming stronger and more confident.
  • Metaphor: a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else.
  • Dicotomy: a division between two things that are or are represented as opposed.
  • Development: something that grows and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate.
  • Subjects: a branch of knowledge studied or taught in a school, college, or university.
  • Amalgamation: lots of different things that come together as one.
  • Flipped classroom: when it’s focused more on the students rather than the teacher.
  • Curriculum: the subjects studied in a school, college, etc.
  • Project based learning: teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.
  • To be proactive: to create a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened.


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  • Betty says:

    After listening to this podcast, I have something to share! I’ve been learning English with RealLife since I came back from the US. And this month, I bought my school online course as my birthday gift, they invited former students to join. I think it’s a good opportunity to learn with the world again and evaluate myself-learning.

    Imagining learning English is like learning our native language, from baby to adults, RealLife for me is like baby to elementary school stage. RealLife coaches give me all skills so I have ability to learn English on my own, I can enjoy watching YT vids, TV series, and movies, listening to podcasts and songs , reading English reads, and make native friends in the real life, the thing is I use colloquial expressions . But if I wanna get my learning down, I still need a teacher give me feedback, and point out where I need to work on, so when I went back to study with my ex-teacher and classmates again. I noticed that I couldn’t react like them, caught new words or understood the details while watching the Ted Talk. But at least, I could recall a part of memory while listening to them and joined their discussion. My goal is understand Ted without subtitles, the class just started a week. I’m still working on it!

    Thanks RealLife coaches for making the community for learners and giving us all resources we need to explore the world and develop our skills on our own! You guys rock! Aww yeah!!

    • Justin says:

      Wow Betty, that’s so awesome to hear! Congrats on the new phase of your learning. Keep us posted on how it goes. And THANK YOU for your amazing support!

  • Manuela says:

    I would like to hear you discuss the topic “Return on Investment in language learning”. How to invest in a language learning, especially for those who start to learn language by themselves and then get to the point where they going to need extra help, tools and guidance in order to take it further (into a specific point of achievement maybe), but it seems like they cannot just keep going by themselves, they will need professional help (Apps, Teachers, Tutors, etc…) and with so many options available nowadays it makes it hard to choose from.

    Anyway, It would be great to hear you cover how to invest in a language learning from the beginning to upper advanced level.

    Thank you in advance. 😊

    • Justin says:

      Great idea for a topic, Manuela, and thanks for taking the time to listen and comment! Keep up the great work!

  • Nina says:

    Thank you very much for amazing podcast!

    • Justin says:

      Aww yeah, Nina, thanks so much for your incredible support!

  • Jack Milgram says:

    Thanks for this.

  • Vandana says:

    That’s really interesting and a kind of coincidence that I want to be a teacher and listening to it when it is teacher’s day in my country. Thanks a million for changing my point of view and giving guidance to be a great teacher 🙂