University Relations | 17 September 2014
Tahiti in the summertime means time for hanging out on the beach and surfing at Teahupoo, but for one group of students hoping to attend BYU–Hawaii, this summer meant English class, five hours a day, five days a week for eight weeks.
Many young members of the Church in Tahiti want to study at BYU–Hawaii, but overcoming the language barrier can be very difficult. Most families in Tahiti speak French and Tahitian at home, making English a third or even fourth language for many. Some young adults have served missions in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., and while they are able to speak English, they still lack academic vocabulary and grammar skills. The rest of the students are briefly acquainted with English in school.