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I wrote post recently for Linkedin which talked about our passion. Whatever our passion is, playing the guitar, cooking, reading…we all have something we just love to do. But the key is to make your passion so much a part of your life that you are being paid to do it – right?
Well the key is – not just getting paid for it, but actually using it to help others. Where your passion and the community need meets, that is called your passion’s ‘sweet spot’.
But here I am going to look at it in terms of learning English. For most of the students who come through our school, if they are off to university, they do have some kind degree of passion to learn and use English. So what I am proposing is that we look at this passion for language and see if we can find a way to use it to help others.
This is easy if you are going to do our degree in a subject that requires English, because in the long run, you will be creating, teaching designing or helping others through your profession – in English.
But what about during your actual English learning. This also is an excellent way to develop your English speaking skills. Look for something in your proposed professional field, e.g. IT, Medicine, etc and see if you can become a volunteer in some local community project (which is all done in English), to support or help someone through the use of English. The other thing too is that if you are not in a country with English speaking people, perhaps you can use this time to help in the charity by teaching simple English skills for reading and speaking.
You may not change the world, but for sure you will impact at least one person who will never forget how you helped them…but also you will never forget the English you used to get them there.
So think about that English language sweet spot of community work. It could be a win-win situation for you and many others around you.