There were 35 meetings of the English Language Conversation Club on Wednesdays, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM from September 16, 2015 to May 25, 2016 with the exceptions of November 11 and December 30, 2015. The conversation club met in Conference Room C, 2nd floor of the BCC Regional Services Center.
Many people from other countries live temporarily in the Bethesda Chevy Chase area. The conversation club is a “Montgomery County” welcome to those non-native English speakers and provides an opportunity for them to practice speaking English, exchange ideas and experiences, and meet others. There is no cost to participate in the club which is organized and facilitated by volunteers.
A total of 367 participants attended conversation club meetings during the year. There were an average of 10.5 attendees per session, with a low of 5 and a high of 19.
Twenty-nine (29) countries were represented: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
During the year, the conversation club discussed topics of local, national and international interest, emphasizing current events. Participants shared experiences of their own countries and cultures. In October, the club talked about the issue of food waste (Waste Not, Want Not), common in many countries. During Women’s History Month in March, one week’s topic was Who and what is a feminist? The club considered the United States electoral process, on a local level -- the Montgomery County candidates in the Maryland primary – in April.
The English Language Conversation Club will resume after the summer on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.