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Speaking Partners

We’ve all heard that English is the “universal language.” But do you know why? Perhaps it’s because those who know English typically make more money than those who don’t. Or maybe it’s because 1/4 of the world’s population speak the language at a useful level.

But no matter the reason, one thing is certain — learning English sets people up for better opportunities educationally, socially, economically, and more.

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That's where Speaking Partners comes in.

For non-native English-speaking Pathway students, improving English skills is a primary purpose of the Pathway experience. So, in addition to English-learning activities built in to Pathway’s academic courses, students also enhance their English speaking and listening abilities through the Speaking Partner Program.

How Speaking Partners Works

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Students enrolled in Pathway’s L version (for non-native English speakers) practice and improve their English abilities through conversations with fluent English speakers.
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Each discussion lasts 30 minutes and occurs once a week for 12 consecutive weeks.


Watch the video below to learn more about the Speaking Partner Program.

Become a Speaking Partner Mentor

Be the person who can improve the life of a Pathway student. Enjoy cultural exchange, the joy of service, and learn something new about the world!

To serve, all you need to do is:

  • Speak English fluently
  • Be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a BYU-Idaho student, or a Pathway student
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Participate in a 30-minute appointment once a week for 12 consecutive weeks
Click here to sign up as a speaking partner

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