Eton Institute Proudly Endorses Speak Dating in Collaboration With Shelter

Published July 19th, 2010 - 08:55 GMT

Eton Institute, the largest UAE-based language training institute, is proud in endorsing Speak Dating, a novel language exchange community initiative recently launched in Dubai by Bénédicte Hennebo in collaboration with Shelter. Keeping in line with Eton Institute's mission of promoting language diversity, the Speak Dating initiative brings together the multi-national and multi-lingual community of Dubai by matching language enthusiasts who have a common interest in teaching and practicing each other's languages.

Dr. Eli Abi Rached, Director of Eton Institute commented: "Learning a foreign language not only breaks communication barriers between people but also gives them a deeper understanding and respect for cultures different from their own. We are delighted to support Speak Dating and Shelter with this novel community initiative that fits in perfectly with Eton Institute's CSR mission of promoting language diversity and tolerance through communication and education."

Bénédicte Hennebo, linguist and founder of the Speak Dating concept, said: "The language you speak shapes the way you see the world. When you learn foreign languages you start to understand the cultural realities of the other communities. The Speak Dating platform, which takes place in the relaxed yet supportive atmosphere of Shelter, is a perfect complement to language classes and I am very pleased by the endorsement of a leading language school such as Eton Institute."

Eton Institute will extend support to Speak Dating and Shelter by offering special benefits to registered members such as prizes at the Speak Dating Welcome and Information Session, as well a 10% discount on their language courses.

The Speak Dating Welcome and Information Session is hosted once a month to facilitate language matches and those who have found suitable language exchange partners are encouraged to continue the conversation in their own time. Once people register and RSVP for the next event, the organisers can see which languages will be available on the evening, and where there are any "teachers" missing, Eton Institute will get in touch with their multi-lingual community of learners and instructors to fill in these gaps. Participation at the event is completely free; participants are only encouraged to grab a cup of coffee while they learn at Shelter.

Janine Fiveash, Communications Manager at Shelter, said: "The aim of Shelter is to create a community workspace where people can network and exchange ideas. Speak Dating is a concept that promotes communication and by learning a new language, you open yourself up to new ideas, cultures and communities. We are delighted to have Eton Institute on board as a partner for Speak Dating."

The next Speak Dating session will be conducted on Sunday, 01 August 2010, from 7 pm to 9 pm at Shelter, Al Quoz. For more information or to register your free place, click here or email [email protected] . Participation at this session is free however pre-registration is mandatory. Last date to register your interest is Wednesday, 28 July 2010. 

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