Students currently enrolled in Pathway’s L version can find information regarding how to find a speaking partner mentor by logging into their academic course and clicking the “Speaking Partner Registration” link in the “Introduction Lesson” folder.
Alternate assignments are available for students who cannot reasonably complete the speaking partner assignment. Students who feel they need an alternate assignment should contact Pathway Support to determine eligibility.
Contact Pathway Support to determine eligibility.
No, participating as a speaking partner is a requirement and is one of the primary ways students in Pathway’s L version improve their English abilities.
Please register and set availability here.
Speaking Partners is a sub-program of Pathway. Speaking Partners specifically helps non-native English speaking Pathway students improve their English abilities.
No. If volunteers do know their partner’s native language, they should not use that language during their speaking partner appointments. Students in Pathway’s L version are required to use English in an effort to improve their language skills.
The speaking partner activity for Pathway students lasts for a duration of 12 weeks each semester (starting the second week and finishing the next-to-last week). Volunteers must be available once a week for 30 minutes for the 12-week period.
No. The main purpose of the speaking partner visits is to provide English interaction opportunities for non-native English-speaking students to practice their speaking and listening skills. Mentors who are interested in improving their speaking partner visits may read the Volunteer Guidelines.
Mentors do not need to prepare material or discussion topics. Click here to access the discussion materials for each Pathway course.
No. The speaking partner visits are focused on the student’s English-language learning. Mentors should interact only in English for the duration of the visits to help the student understand their course content and to improve their ability to communicate.
Yes. Most computer devices have webcams built-in. However, webcams can be purchased for very reasonable prices at places like Walmart, Target, Newegg.com, or Amazon.com.
No, but it is likely. Volunteer requests will be placed into a pool of potential volunteers. Individuals who are chosen will be notified via email.
First, do everything possible to reschedule beforehand. If one party forgot or missed the appointment, he/she should send an email to his/her partner to apologize for missing the session. Students who are participating as a speaking partner mentor as part of their ENG 106 assignment will have to forfeit the points for failing to show.
Volunteer mentors are not obligated to meet again that week if their partner missed the appointment.
Speaking partner volunteers must be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.