Parlez-vous avec moi?

Conversation partners improve speech While the department of modern languages course requirements are undergoing renovations, one part of learning a foreign language at Pitt State has not changed: Conversation Partners. PSU students wishing to learn French or Spanish are quick to find out one of the course requirements is a weekly meeting with a native speaker outside of class. The assignment: talk. In French or Spanish. “There is no better way to learn than to actually speak it,” said Ely Travis, junior in music education. Travis meets with Tanguy Carrere once a week for half an hour on the third floor of Grubbs Hall. There, the two talk about each other’s day, week, weekend, likes,…

Learning from the source

Maria Goydy, a Sophomore in Music, stirkes up a conversation in Tristan Zavala a Senior in Communications and Spanish, in Spanish as his conversation partner, Oct, 8th.

AJ Thurman | Collegio Reporter Channing Solon and Maria Goydy Rios sat down in the Gorilla Crossing for some challenging small talk. “So, how was your weekend?” Rios, from Paraguay, asked. Only she asked it in Spanish. “Muy bien,” answered Solon. Solon meets with Rios once a week to talk in nothing but Spanish. Rios, one of several conversation partners at Pitt State, spends seven hours a week helping students master Spanish. She speaks with a total of 14 students every week, Solon being one of them. The two are part of the Conversation Partners program, in which students meet with a native speaker to practice for half an hour to better their confidence in…