The Speaking Partner Matching Tool is a service that matches speaking partner learners with mentors. Speaking partner mentors create a profile online, which then allows them to be matched with a speaking partner learner. More information can be found on the Speaking Partner website.
PathwayConnect students who successfully complete the Standard version of PathwayConnect and matriculate into the BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program are expected to serve as a speaking partner mentor when requested to do so by the PathwayConnect Home Office.
PathwayConnect L version students or ENG 106 students who have not found or have not been assigned a partner by three weeks into the semester (or the beginning of Lesson 3 in their course) must email email@example.com detailing the specifics of the situation. If there are no available partners, an alternate assignment may be provided.
Alternate assignments are available for students participating as either a mentor or learner who cannot reasonably complete the speaking partner assignment. The Pathway Support Center will determine whether a student is eligible for an alternate assignment.
L Version Students
Two forms of alternate assignments are available for a speaking partner learner:
Temporary alternate assignment: intended to replace the speaking partner appointment for a single week when the mentor does not attend a scheduled appointment. The learner must contact the Pathway Support Center within 48 hours to qualify for and receive a temporary alternate assignment. Learners are not granted an alternate assignment if they missed a speaking partner appointment through their own fault or due to circumstances that could have reasonably been avoided.
Permanent alternate assignment: intended to replace an entire semester of speaking partner assignments. The learner must contact the Pathway Support Center to qualify for and receive a permanent alternate assignment. Learners are not granted an alternate assignment unless circumstances make the ability of the student to complete the speaking partner assignments unreasonable.
ENG 106 Students
A permanent alternate assignment is available for ENG 106 speaking partner mentors:
ENG 106 students must contact the Pathway Support Center to qualify for and receive a permanent alternate assignment. ENG 106 students are not granted this exception unless circumstances make the ability to complete the speaking partner assignments unreasonable.
If a speaking partner mentor or learner misses two appointments in a single semester, it is the responsibility of the non-offending party to contact the Pathway Support Center. In these situations, the non-offender may be reassigned to a new partner and/or given alternate assignments (does not apply to volunteers).
All queries about the content and experience of the Speaking Partner Program can only be dealt with when a speaking partner participant contacts the Pathway Support Center.