Delving Into Different Cultures by Kantasuda Rider

At Language and Culture Exchange Club, students get to know more about their friends and classmates’ cultures and languages.

Mission Statement of the Culture Exchange Club:

“The purpose of this club is to promote the exchange of languages and cultures between students. This club compliments the academic languages courses nicely, and provides an opportunity to learn about other cultures as well as languages in a fun manner. We welcome language learners to join our club and improve their skills by practicing with a native speaker. Meetings will promote diversity to provide students with a global mindset and international resources.”

The first meeting of Culture Exchange Club began on Tuesday September 19th, 2017 with some ice breakers conversations, in order for students to get to know each other. The club members consist of students from all around the world such as Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, China, Mexico, Brazil, Moldova and Algeria. The students were all very excited to meet and greet one another. Then, students discussed the club structure. Unanimously, we decided that we will focus on one theme each week and we will get a chance to share our culture to the whole members. There are many themes that we are interested to talk about; such as food, school life, music, history, fashion, architecture, history, etc. As time goes by, we might add some more interesting themes later. By the end of our meeting, we taught each other how to greet in different languages. We all had so much fun. Before saying good bye in different languages, we decide to do “food” theme next week.

Our second meeting was on Tuesday September 26th, 2017. The first segment of the meeting was about introducing traditional food from each country to the members. We shared pictures we found on the internet to the group. Then, we taught each other some useful phrases that we can use when we go to a restaurant, such as, “Can I order food?”, “May I please have a check?”, “Can you recommend the dish for us?”, etc. We have so much fun today. Certainly, it brings back good feeling to all of us especially talking about food.

Our third meeting was on Tuesday October 3rd, 2017, with the theme being “School life”. Although this meeting had less members participating, compared to the previous ones, we learned so many interesting facts about various educational systems from different countries. We talked about each country’s school curriculum, schedule, and uniform. We learned that each country has some similarities in each system. At the end, we all agreed that we enjoy being at EF Academy, where we are so fortunate to meet people from all around the world!! For our next meeting, we will talk about “Music”, and we all can’t wait to meet again!

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