We can begin to analyse how the two different coaches (played by the same person) uses talk to teach their students.

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Comedy coach vs Quality coach.

We can begin to analyse how the two different coaches (played by the same person) uses talk to teach their students. Overall, we can see that the comedy coach uses the talk to intimidate his students, and convey that he is the ‘king’ of the class and that he is a great footballer. However, the attitude of the Quality coach is contrasting to that of the comedy coach. The quality coach is genuinely interested to help and teach his students (as evident by the choice of words and phrases such as ‘fantastic’, ‘perfect’, ‘well done’). I will begin analysing their similarities and differences by first looking at how their talks are initiated.

The comedy coach initiates his talk by using a colloquial greeting - ‘right then you lot’. So, his initial beginning suggests that he is very casual, and unprepared. He addresses the children by saying ‘you lot’, which exemplifies his lack of respect for the children and his indifference about their education. After this, he asks the children what happened in the last game, but instead of taking a neutral (or even a positive) attitude, he asks the question in an pessimistic manner - he predicts that the team has lost ‘again’. His low confidence in the team demoralises the children, and has a negative effect on them - they feel angry and violently protest that they have won instead. When he comes to hear that they have won, his surprise is very overt, and he interject their protests by exclaiming ‘You won?’. When the children confirm this, he is incredulous of their achievements and sarcastically asks them if they had played with the ‘nursery’. So, his initial beginning presents him as a contemptible character - his words are negative and his pessimistic and sarcastic tone clearly shows that he does not enjoy being the team’s coach. He doesn’t even seem to be interested in their victory - he does not ask the score.

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The Quality coach’s talk’s beginning is much more, formal, encouraging and appreciative than that of the comedy coach. The coach initiates the talk by politely saying ‘good afternoon everyone’ which shows that he respects the students and he is prepared. After the students’ reply, he continues by complimenting the ir punctuality. He asks about their last game positively - he asks them if they had won, not lost, as the comedy coach had. So, we can see a difference in attitude - the quality coach is confident about the team’s capabilities whereas the comedy coach is not. The quality ...

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