After starting the language event with Kelly, we saw our biggest turnout this time around.
We had about 20 people come through and join us. Wanting to challenge the participants
a bit more this time around, I set the theme for “taking a stance.”
We had a peaceful debate of sorts. Most of the participants were happy to have a space
to express how they felt about certain controversial topics.
Here it was good to see people challenging themselves by saying their
feelings directly. Without worrying about what other people were saying.
They just let loose their thoughts and allowed themselves to take a stance.
Afterwards many said to me that they appreciated the space to speak on serious
topics and not withhold what they were feeling out of fear of hurting others’ feelings
or worrying about how their opinion would affect the atmosphere.
It was illuminating to see everyone use a language that wasn’t their own to express
their deeper feelings. For me it reinforced that if you give people an opportunity or the space,
they will use it appropriately.
Towards the end I passed the baton onto Steve. A former staff member of Homey Hostel
and now living in Taipei as an English teacher. He’ll be leading the event every week from
April 2018. To sign up simply head on over to Homey Hostel’s Facebook page. Or send
an email directly to email@example.com
For those that are learning English, these types of events allow you to build your
conversation skills with native speakers. At this event you’ll be able to practice in a
space where mistakes are allowed. The focus is not on how proper your English is,
but rather what you have to say.