Conversation club will help show diversity

By Chloe Wilhelm - Staff Reporter

A new conversation club on the Highline campus is designed to allow international students and native English speakers to learn about other cultures and practice speaking English.

The Kaplan Conversation Club, which will begin on Feb. 15, will meet in Building 12, room 202 from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. every other Thursday.

Stephanie Konschu, student adviser for the Kaplan International Center at Highline, said the club is a great opportunity for native English speakers and international students to meet.

"We are hoping to promote cultural awareness and appreciation through conversation," Konschu said. "This is a great opportunity for international students to practice English speaking skills with native speaks and also share their culture."

The Kaplan Center on Highline's campus is a part of Kaplan International English, which is an international program that provides classes for international students who are seeking to learn English.

Konschu said that the club will be beneficial for both international students and native English speakers.

International students will be able to practice speaking English in a natural environment, while native speakers will be able to meet students from other cultures and learn more about the world, she said.

"We're hoping to be able to provide an opportunity for people to learn something new about the different cultures that are represented on this campus," Konschu said.

"Sharing cultures and cultural understanding provides a better environment and brings people together," she said.

For more information about the club, students can visit the Kaplan Office on floor 5 of the Library in Building 25. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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