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For U.S. English Learners
and their speaking partners

Pathway students residing within the United States and enrolled in an Academic Start ESL course (GS 120L, MATH 100L, or ENG 106L), must find their own speaking partner. Partners may be from the local ward, branch, stake, or institute; or they may be a friend or family member from anywhere in the world. If students are unable to find a speaking partner, the Pathway missionaries or local leaders may help, but the responsibility remains the students’.


U.S. ESL Pathway students and their speaking partner volunteers will not complete the sign-up form on this

website. Instead, the student will simply notify the Pathway missionaries of the volunteer’s name and contact information.


The student and volunteer should meet in person each week to discuss the course topics, but if necessary, Skype or another video chat tool may be used instead. The partnership will provide opportunities for English conversation practice and the improvement of listening and speaking skills. Volunteers do not need previous experience in teaching or working with language learners.

To qualify as a speaking partner, volunteers must:
  • Be available to meet for 30 minutes each week at a mutually convenient time.
  • Commit to meet for 12 weeks beginning the second week of the semester.
  • Be a native or near-native English speaker.
  • Be a member of the Church.
  • Be at least 18-years old.
  • Be the same gender if either the Pathway student or volunteer are married. If both the volunteer and student are single, partners can be either gender.
English Learners and Speaking Partners Outside of the U.S.
Click here to register.
Important Information to Know
Reporting: Only those participating for a course requirement need to report their visits; in most cases you will submit a completion report via I-learn.
What-if Scenarios:

No Available Partners

If as a Pathway student you are unable to find an available partner (or in ENG 106, if your availability is not requested), you must email speakingpartners@byui.edu detailing the specifics of your situation. If there are no available partners, an alternative assignment will be given.

Missed Appointments

If as a volunteer you forgot or missed an assignment, please do all you can to reschedule a make-up appointment during the same week. If you are participating for a course requirement (whether an English speaker or English learner) and missed or forgot the appointment, you must forfeit the points for the assignment and send an email to your partner apologizing for your absence; they are not obliged to meet again with you that week, but you may if they are willing and available to do so.

Rescheduling

If you know you cannot make it to a scheduled appointment, do your best to reschedule the visit beforehand for another time during the week (at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting).

Unresponsive Partner

If as an English speaker volunteer your student partner is unresponsive after several weeks, you may disband the partnership via the scheduling portal and leave yourself open for another partner. If you are a Pathway student (speaker or learner) and your partner is not responsive after several weeks, email speakingpartners@byui.edu with a detailed summary of your efforts to contact your partner. You may disband the partnership and select another available partner. If, over time, visits are not occuring through no fault of your own, you will be given an alternative assignment by the Speaking Partner Support Staff.

Contact Us: +1 (208) 496­-1835 • speakingpartners@byui.edu