Behrend's ELL Alliance of Mentors (BEAM)

Growing Together in the English Language

Group of International Students

BEAM logoBehrend’s ELL Alliance of Mentors (BEAM) was created as a support for students enrolled in English Language Learning (ELL) courses at Penn State Behrend. Current students whose first language is not English are matched with native English speakers or students with advanced English speaking skills, such as upper-division international students, to help these limited proficiency students with conversational skills such as pronunciation, understanding slang terms, idioms, expressions, and other related forms of communication.

Other things they might share include:

  • Their own experiences learning the English language.
  • Particular practices or techniques that helped them become more skilled in the English language.
  • Cultural facts and anecdotes from their countries of origin.

Would you like to be paired up with a conversation partner? Please fill out the form on our BehrendSync page or contact:

Alecia Hollinger ([email protected])
International Student Services