|What is it? In Tandem, you work together with a learning partner from another country. From your partner, you learn his or her language while he or she learns your native language.|
|How does it work? Such a learning partnership can only work well if both partners benefit equally. For this reason, half of the time is for you – your partner speaks and/or writes in his/her native language, and you learn from him/her. Your partner can inform you of current events in his/her country, can correct your mistakes and can give you various helpful tips. During the other half of the time, your partner learns from you: now you communicate in your native language and help him/her.|
|You determine what you want to learn, when you learn and how much. Discuss your learning objectives with your Tandem partner and let him/her know how he/she can help you achieve them. Your partner will probably be following different learning objectives and will ask you to in turn help him/her.
|Tandem in Bielefeld: The University of Bielefeld would like to help you find a suitable language-learning partner for a language exchange here in Bielefeld: For this reason, the department of German as a Foreign Language of the Faculty of Linguistics and Literature now has the so called “Sprachtandemforum” on offer. You simply have to register to be entitled to read other people’s advertisements or put your own advertisement into the Tandemforum.|
We wish you good luck with finding a learning partner!
(The sections "What is it?" and "How does it work?" are adapted from: D’Atri, Dawn: “What is eTandem?” Language Learning in Tandem. Tandem-Server Bochum, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. 2001. http://www.slf.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/etandem/etdef-en.html.)