“Please share what is BEC to you.”
It has been a month since I joined Blog English Club (BEC), a club which is formed to help its members to improve their English skill, particularly in writing. I knew this club from Kak Nita’s post. The concept is so good and promising, so I did not think twice to join. Since I stopped learning English formally three years ago and almost have no time to polish my English skill, I thought this is a good chance for me to learn English and make new friends.
Impacts of BEC to myself and my blog
Since I joined BEC, I gained both English knowledge and new friends. I used to be a solitary blogger and now I know many great bloggers who live in different cities and areas in this world. Some of them, especially the mentors (no, do not read it as dementors, please 🙂 ), have an outstanding English skill, so it keeps me motivated. It was a pity that I could not join the recent learning sessions, so I should learn by myself.
Not only good in English skill, they also have some interesting perspectives about their lives, which are reflected in their writings. They also regularly posts on their blogs, not only on Friday, but also on other days. Some of them even save a day in a week to write on finance, health, motivation, and many other topics. Because of that, I forced myself to write more, so I can publish my posts regularly.
My expectations for BEC
I hope BEC will always be there to provide a great (and free) chance to learn English. Just by maintaining its function as a learning group already makes me grateful. Setting too high expectations for BEC may burden the admins, so I will let our beloved club grows and explores its own way.
My critics towards BEC
BEC’s WhatsApp groups are nice and fun, but I find it is not as interesting as before. Maybe it is because the groups are quite crowded and I cannot participated actively because the pace of discussion is very fast. It is my fault, so I will not ask the admins to take their responsibilities. I should manage myself to keep myself interested in joining the discussion.
BEC’s blog is good and well-organized. However, the English Essentials page is so quiet. Moreover, we have 4 members whose posts are analyzed and corrected every Monday by our mentors. It will be nice if the summary of Monday learning sessions is also included in BEC’s blog, but I could not find it.
My suggestions for BEC activities
Admins of BEC have done their job well in managing the flow of discussion in the WA group. As for BEC’s blog, the English Essentials is need to be updated regularly because it can help the members who cannot participate in learning session. To make our learning materials more complete, I hope the summary of Monday learning sessions will be included in the blog. BEC can recruit contributors to help writing the summary.
Also, to make the English Friday challenge more fun, admins or mentors may choose one of the members’ posts to publish in the blog based on the writing or the idea itself. The members may vote for ‘BEC Post of the Month’ award, like what people do in magazines or TV programs :).
As for outdoor activities, BEC’s outing can be held monthly, so the members can get know more each other. In the outing, we may have games, free talking, and lunch session.
Joining BEC is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I believe that BEC has a clear vision and good concept to start with, so I hope this, no, our beloved club will last forever. Thank you admins and mentors for your contributions until now. For other members, let’s strive to improve our English skill!
P.S.: Please excuse my lame parody of Christian Bautista’s song refrain :).