Speaking Club

FAQ

General

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Profiles

You can use the Find a partner search form.

If you find someone you’d like to have a conversation with, you can send them a friend request, then you can start messaging and arrange a time to meet up and chat.

Go to Profile Settings > Social Networks

Here are the current available badges:

   Host – Become a Speaking Club host
   Teacher – Become an official Speaking Club teacher

   Premium – Buy a premium membership

   Top reviewer – Write 5 reviews

   25 Meetings attended – Attend 25 Speaking Club meetings
   50 Meetings attended – Attend 50 Speaking Club meetings
   100 Meetings attended – Attend 100 Speaking Club meetings
   200 Meetings attended – Attend 200 Speaking Club meetings

Reviews are an important part of the Speaking Club experience.
They can help others find language partners and bring accountability to the language exchange model.

Meetings

You can visit the new member page for more info.

The meeting times are displayed in your local time zone.

Yes, the hosts are native speakers of the language of the meeting… but remember that during the meetings you will be speaking primarily with other English learners.

Practice – With an intermediate level minimum, you will still be able to have one-on-one conversations providing you with ample opportunity to practice speaking in a real life setting.

Confidence – Confidence in a language is a key part of being able to express yourself fluently. To gain confidence, you just need to practice and place yourself in an environment where speaking in the target language is the only option.

Active vocabulary – One of the main difficulties in advancing to a higher level, is learning to use all the vocabulary that you know. The problem many students face is that they can understand and recognize many words, but they can’t remember them when they speak. In order to get vocabulary from the passive phase to the active one, you need to hear/see the words many times, ideally in many places.

The minimum age to participate in the regular meetings is 16 years old.

If you ever feel that your partner’s level is too low, feel free to call the host to your room. They are trained to deal with this kind of situation. We try to always make sure that everyone meets the minimum level criteria.

If your partner disconnects and you find yourself alone in your breakout room, the best thing to do is to look for the ‘Ask for help‘ button in your Zoom breakout room and wait for the host to come. Please be a little patient as the host may be helping someone else.

If, for whatever reason, you find yourself uncomfortable talking with your partner, you can leave the breakout room and return to the main room, explain to the host that you would like a new partner and the host will try to accommodate you.
Alternatively, you can also leave the meeting and re-enter, then explain the situation to the host when you return.

No, the hosts don’t take requests.

Community Meetings

Community Meetings are meetings held by non-native English speakers. The hosts are from the Speaking Club community and from all over the world. They are hosting meetings as part of the Host Exchange Program.

As part of the Host Exchange Program, there are non-native hosts offering additional times. These meetings are essentially the same, and the hosts have been trained in the same way, but they are not from an English speaking country 🙂

There are currently 10 Community Meetings per week.
You can use the filter on the timetable page to see which meetings are hosted by Community hosts.
The Community hosts also have a blue circle around their profile pictures.

Unlike meetings held by native English speakers, community meeting days and times may change at any time. While there is a high level of consistency, changes may occur, so be sure to keep an eye on the timetable from time to time.

Community Hosts are part of the Host Exchange Program.
To be able to host English meetings as a non-native speaker, you must have attended at least 20 Speaking Club meetings. → Apply here.

Community Meetings are meetings held by non-native English speakers. The hosts are from the Speaking Club community and from all over the world. They are hosting meetings as part of the Host Exchange Program.

As part of the Host Exchange Program, there are non-native hosts offering additional times. These meetings are essentially the same, and the hosts have been trained in the same way, but they are not from an English speaking country 🙂

There are currently 10 Community Meetings per week.
You can use the filter on the timetable page to see which meetings are hosted by Community hosts.
The Community hosts also have a blue circle around their profile pictures.

Unlike meetings held by native English speakers, community meeting days and times may change at any time. While there is a high level of consistency, changes may occur, so be sure to keep an eye on the timetable from time to time.

Community Hosts are part of the Host Exchange Program.
To be able to host English meetings as a non-native speaker, you must have attended at least 20 Speaking Club meetings. → Apply here.

Forums

There are a few topics that we do not allow on the forums, such as anything that might considered rude or offensive, anything directed at a mature audience, and other speaking clubs.

You are allowed to post your contact information, but we would advise you NOT to post your phone number as it would make you a target of spammers and other unwanted solicitors.
Other members can send you a friend request and then you can exchange contacts privately.

Speaking Club for Kids

It is very similar to the normal meetings except that only under 16-year-olds are allowed to participate.
We wanted to provide a place for our younger members to be able to interact with other youngsters from around the world and discuss topics more closely related to their age group.

The minimum level is intermediate. You need to be able to have a conversation in English to be able to participate.

If you are not sure whether or not your (or your child’s) level is sufficient, you are very welcome to come and try. If your level is insufficient, the host will take you aside and let you know 🙂

No. Parents are not required to attend, but they are very welcome to be nearby. We do ask the parents to not participate as we want these meetings to be for young people to talk. There is a host there to provide a safe environment for our young members.

Safety is a major priority for us at the Speaking Club. This is why there is always a host on hand to organize the rooms and make sure that only kids attend. The host is also always going around the rooms during the meeting and can be called to the room by all the participants to help if needed.

Speaking Club Debates

The Speaking Club Debates is a meeting to practice debating in a friendly manner.
This is NOT a place to push your personal opinion.

  • No shouting
  • No insults
  • No interrupting
    Remember to always be respectful and listen to the other participants when it is their turn.

The meeting is one hour.

Part 1: 15 mins – Debating one on one
You can choose to be either FOR or AGAINST.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to rename yourself and add F or A after your name.

Part 2: 15 mins – Debating one on one
Switch – You will now debate for the other side.

Part 3: 30 mins – Group debate
10-12 participants together with 1 moderator.
Speaking in turn, debating each point one at a time.
IMPORTANT: To speak, you must raise your hand and the moderator will let you know when it is your turn to speak.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to reply to the previous participant. Only once the argument is exhausted will we be moving on to the next argument.

In order to participate, you must have attended 10 normal meetings. 

You must be over 16 to participate in the Speaking Club Debates

No need to worry, only one main room will be recorded. The host will only put people that want to be part of it in the room. The other rooms will not be recorded 🙂

Contact us

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered yet, please send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Part 1 – Symbols

1. What are some famous symbols that you know?
2. Are symbols important? Why or why not?
3. [♿]Is your city easily accessible for people in wheelchairs in your country?
4. [$] How does your currency compare to the dollar?
5. [☮] How can we achieve world peace?
6. [☯] How can you bring balance to your life?
7. [☢] What do you think of nuclear power?
8. [⚤] Would you rather be a man or a woman in a next life?

Part 2 – Disability

1. How do schools in your country help children with learning disabilities?
2. Are you close with anyone with a disability?
3. How can we be mindful of people with physical disabilities?
4. What are some public amenities important for disabled people?
5. How often do you watch the Paralympics?
6. What’s an inspiring story about someone with a disability?
7. How can we be mindful of people with invisible disabilities?
8. How can we encourage public conversation regarding disability?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. How do you take care of yourself on a busy day?
2. How do you feel about pets on furniture?
3. Would you rather live in New York City or Paris? Why?
4. What is the maximum amount of pets you would have?
5. How many books are on your reading wish-list right now?
6. How often do you watch celebrity awards shows?
7. What makes you satisfied with your day?
8. If you could go back one week, what would you do differently?

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