Welcome to the language tandem programme
Would you like to improve your language skills in a relaxed atmosphere?
Do you want to get to know other cultures?
In this case, the language tandem is just the right thing for you!
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Language tandem—what's that?
A language tandem allows you to see the world from a new perspective. In an exchange with a native speaker of your target language, you improve your language skills. In addition, you will learn first-hand about life, everyday life, career and leisure activities in the other culture. A language tandem can be the start of a lifelong friendship that builds valuable bridges for intercultural interaction.
The flexibility of a language tandem offers great individual freedom: you yourself determine the time frame and content in coordination with your language partner. All you need is an interest in a different language and culture and the desire to learn new things.
What should you keep in mind?
There are two important principles that facilitate the language learning partnership.
The reciprocity principle (principle of learning in partnership) states that both language partners benefit equally from the cooperation. Both contribute skills that the other wants to acquire and both language partners support each other's learning process. The autonomy principle (principle of self-determined learning) states that everyone is responsible for their own learning process. In other words, everyone decides for themselves on learning goals and methods, what is to be learned, how and when, and what support they would like to receive from their language partner.
In order to avoid any feeling of being disadvantaged, make sure that the time is divided as equally as possible.
What are the prerequisites?
A language tandem is suitable for all those who want to learn a new language or refresh slumbering language skills, as well as for those who would like to learn something about a different country and culture.
For a conversation to be possible at all, you should have at least a rudimentary knowledge of the foreign language. The best time to start a language tandem is when you have reached at least the first and preferably the second learning level of a foreign language. For self-assessment, you can use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as a guide. Accordingly, you should have at least A2 level (elementary language use). Now you can take part in the language tandem and (in addition to the conventional language lessons in a group) build up an individual language learning partnership with your language partner.
The language tandem is over—and now?
After completing the language tandem, you have the opportunity to receive a certificate of participation. This certificate can be counted towards the Certificate of International Competence.
The University of Duisburg-Essen appreciates and supports the extracurricular commitment of its students in the international and intercultural field and recognises the acquired competences with the Certificate for International Competence. The certificate is an offer for all students of the University of Duisburg-Essen, participation is free of charge.
The prerequisites for receiving a certificate for the language tandem are:
- participation in the counselling session at the beginning of the tandem
- proof of regular tandem activities
- completion of the final evaluation