A Language Tandem is a type of intercultural exchange which takes place outside of the classroom. Two students with different native languages meet regularly and communicate in their respective languages. Through the Tandem project, participants have the opportunity to improve their language skills and learn about a different culture through frequent contact with native speakers. Furthermore, participants can choose the topics themselves and improve their language skills in specialised fields.
Once they have been matched successfully, pairs meet at a place and time of their choice. Each meeting is 2x45 minutes long, with each target language being allocated a 45-minute slot. Following successful completion of the tandem, including the submission of a journal entry for a total of five sessions, participants can receive a certificate of attendance. During the semester, the Language Center provides consultation hours, material and suitable rooms for tandem meeting.
Tandem during Corona
Since Corona is currently turning the whole university upside down and we also had to adapt to this new situation, the Tandem project has drifted into the background somewhat. But that doesn't mean that we will cancel the project this semester. Since regular meetings at Sesam, the university or other places are currently not possible or very difficult, we would like to let the Tandem take place online. We would suggest Zoom, jitsi and other platforms. A moodle room will also be provided for the participants. All information will be uploaded by us there, but questions and problems can be asked and addressed there, too. An opening meeting as we usually do will not be possible due to the circumstances. But you will be informed via email and Moodle. We invite you to participate in this experiment. The registration deadline will be extended until May 15th.