Tandem Partners

 

The best way of learning a foreign language is communication with a native speaker who wants to learn your language. It is a give and take solution where you are the teacher (of your own language) AND the student (of a  foreign language). To learn how to get started in Tandem Learning I'd advice you to visit: http://www.languages.dk/methods/index.html from where you can watch videos with subtitles on the method

Watch a video from a class being introduced to e-tandem Learning - English subtitles
Watch a video with an interview on the A to Z of e-tandem Learning - English subtitles

Watch a video from a class being introduced to e-tandem Learning - German subtitles
Watch a video with an interview on the A to Z of e-tandem Learning - German subtitles

Watch a video from a class being introduced to e-tandem Learning - Romanian subtitles
Watch a video with an interview on the A to Z of e-tandem Learning - Romanian subtitles
Watch a video from a class being introduced to e-tandem Learning - Spanish subtitles
Watch a video with an interview on the A to Z of e-tandem Learning - Spanish subtitles

We have also prepared a booklet describing Tandem Lerarning, the booklet is free and available in

Help and tips on how to learn as a tandem partner can be found here: http://www2.tcd.ie/CLCS/tandem/email/help/helpeng01.html 

The following link is to the website of the University of Bochum concerning Language Learning through e(mail) Tandem. There is a great number of bilingual networks, students of many different languages and many different levels working in "tandems" (bilingual pairs) to help each other improve their language skills in the target language (through e-mail or face-to-face). http://www.slf.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/

You can also read about tandem learning and watch an interview on Tandem Learning as well as a class being introduced to the method here: http://www.languages.dk/methods/index.html The videos have subtitles in English, German, Romanian, and Spanish.

You should also have a look at the newly launched language-learning web-site, FriendsAbroad.com which has been created to allow people to learn and practice another language by connecting with REAL people, all over the world.

The idea behind FriendsAbroad.com is simple;  They want to help people from all countries to connect with each other; to send messages, to chat, to understand each otherís lives and cultures and of course, to practice their language skills!  In just two months, they have more than ten thousand members from over one hundred countries. Itís easy to join to log on, just visit: http://www.friendsabroad.com  

From Victor Turbot I received the information below:
I wanted to make another suggestion for a website about tandem learning. It is hoping to do "language learning 2.0" -- becoming a community site where language learners and teachers can bring their combined experience together. The initial foundation is language exchange -- getting speakers of two different native languages to teach each other. Language resources are coming next -- a way of creating community opinions on what are the most useful tools for learning a certain language (best textbook, dictionary, websites, podcasts, etc.). There are even more plans in the making.  http://www.italki.com

Last entry made: 21-12-2010