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October 28, 2010 6:03 AM Subscribe
I am toying with starting Polish/English conversation group in London and I want it to be a success. What can I do to make it work?
posted by Helga-woo to Education (3 answers total)
I’ve been learning Polish for years and I need to practice more outside the classroom. I’ve been thinking about starting a conversation club for a while and last night I got talking to another student on the tube home who said he’d be interested in taking part. So I've decided to think about it a little bit harder.
The problem is, I’ve got lots of ideas of how it could be run, but I’m not sure what will work. I know that to a great extent it will depend on the people in the group and what they want to do, but I want to have an idea in my head on how to structure it before I get in contact with people and invite them along.
I’ve taught English (to Polish speakers) before, and I’ve been involved with English conversation clubs, but they were either groups that were imposed on students by their school, so were pretty formal, or were groups of friends that had evolved naturally. I know I don’t want this group to be too formal, I already go to a class each week for that, but I’m worried that without some structure we’ll all sit around with nothing to talk about or that people will loose interest and it’ll fizzle out after a couple of meetings.
I can’t decide on having a group of mostly Polish learners with one or two native speakers to help us along, or a language swap with an equal mix of English and Polish speakers and divide the time between the two languages.
And then I'm not sure if it should be weekly/fortnightly/monthly, where to hold it, pay for a room, or meet in a pub or coffee shop, or how big a group I should aim for?
Have you got any ideas or advice on how I can get a group of semi-strangers to talk in a langauge they're not that comfortable with?