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Speaking Partner Appointment: Your Goals and Priorities
During this speaking partner session, you will practice listening for information while your Speaking Partner reads to you. You will also discuss different topics related to the unit content, which the Speaking Partner will choose.
Listening, Reading, and Grammar Practice
In part of a BYU devotional speech, President Monson talked about the importance of preparation and he related preparation to goals. The attached article's text has missing prepositions and conjunctions. (The full text is attached for you as the Speaking Partner.) Your speaking partner will read the text from President Monson, and will pause whenever you need to fill in the missing words. You will say what you think the missing words are and then your speaking partner will tell you whether you are correct or not. He or she can guide you as you think about the answers. When you find the correct answers, write the missing words on the blank lines.
Your speaking partner will read through the article once again with all of the words included.
Then, you will read the same text with all of the correct answers to your speaking partner. Your speaking partner will help you with any pronunciation or new vocabulary issues. Ask your speaking partner to explain any parts of the article that you did not understand. For example, if you do not understand President Monson's metaphor of "running up ________ down the field _________ never crossing the goal line," ask your speaking partner to explain where that metaphor comes from.
Discuss President Monson's article with your speaking partner. You may discuss some of the questions he asked, such as the following:
- How did President Monson relate the importance of making goals to preparation?
- He explained that we cannot be successful without setting goals. Why do you think goals are necessary?
- Why do you think preparation is essential for our progress?
- Explain the advice that President Monson gave: "It is not the number of hours you put in but what you put in the hours that counts."
- Why is it important to study something you like?
- You may wish to discuss any other advice that President Monson gave in this speech.
More Speaking Practice
Part 1: Your speaking partner will select one or more of the topics from the topic list, which the two of you can discuss. After you are done, your speaking partner will help you with any issues they notice with grammar, vocabulary, or pronunciation issues.
Part 2: Your speaking partner will ask you a number of questions about your goals and plans for after you complete the Pathway program.
- What does it mean to matriculate?
- What are you planning to do next semester after you finish the Pathway program?
- Are you planning to study online at BYU-Idaho? If so, what program do you plan to study?
- What are the steps you need to take to apply for the BYU-Idaho online program?
- Have you logged into BeSmart.com before? If so, is there anything you can't understand in the application process?
- What is a Bishop's and Stake President's endorsement?
- What are some of your specific goals after you finish the Pathway program?
- How will you accomplish these goals?