This Monday we’ll have an evening to discuss sharing the Gospel with Muslims. Many of you might immediately have people on your mind from work or school who you want to be better equipped to speak with.
But for any of you who are looking for ways to make new connections, with Muslim students in particular, here’s an interesting opportunity: Drexel University runs something they call the Coversation Network. Their description:
The Conversation Network is a unique opportunity for language and cultural exchange. It provides a forum for Drexel students to meet and interact with English Language Center (ELC) students. Native English speakers can help an ELC student practice English while the ELC student helps the English speaker learn a second language. Or the exchanges may focus on other areas like life in other countries, customs, cultural differences, or cross-cultural communication. You can find a partner whose interests match your own. You may sign up for the Conversation Network using the online form.
The Conversation Network tries to match conversation partners for people who participate in the program. We also provide a list of the participants that includes their names, native language(s), language(s) they are interested in practicing, areas of interest, gender, preferred meeting times, and e-mail addresses. For anyone we cannot match, it is up to the participants to look for potential partners and contact them by e-mail.
Then it will be up to you and your partner to decide the rules: when and where to meet; when to speak in one language and when to speak in the other; whether you only want to practice language or want to do other things too, like go to the movies, cook, play games, etc.
The ELC hosts a Conversation Network party during the second or third week of each term so all our participants can meet each other. Check the website or watch your e-mail for the date, time and place. There’s always free pizza, soda, games and lots of new people to meet.
Right now they’re signing up language conversation partners for students, and they have Arabic speaking students that need practice with English. If you’re interested in finding out more, click here.