TANDEM Language Learning
TANDEM is a language program based on the idea that two native speakers with different mother tongues are learning from and with each other. They have the freedom to arrange their regular meetings individually and to manage them according to their preferences.
Mutuality & autonomy
Everyone is only as successful as his tandem partner is. The one who wants help from his tandem partner, is also obliged to offer help himself. Basically, the idea of the program is that each partner has half of the time for language practicing. During this time, the focus lies on the target language. The tandem can only work, if both partners profit to an equal extend. The tandem partners are responsible for their own learning. You know best for yourself what, how, how much and when you would like to learn. The tandem partner has to be notified which contents and structures you would like to focus on.
Different learning targets
Both tandem partners can follow different objectives – actually, that is the usual case. While one is preparing for a written exam, the other can plan for example a stay abroad and therefore he wants to improve his oral skills.
The level of the two tandem partners should be equal. The tandem learning system fits only partially to beginners. Normally they need some support (for example through teaching materials).
Tandem Log book
It is advised to use a tandem logbook to bring some structure into the learning process. This book serves as a frame for a accurately designed timetable and assures a positive learning environment. You can pick up your Logbook at our office.
Activities for tandem learning
If you are not sure how to start at the beginning we offer a huge variety of learning materials. These materials can also be downloaded from the internet. They have proofed themselves especially at the beginning. Later it is up to the students’ imagination. For example: The Viennese coffee house tandem, the ice-cream-parlor tandem, the sightseeing tandem and so on.
Correction in the tandem
As long as the communication is maintained and as long as both sides are satisfied, the mistakes made do not matter. Tell your tandem partner if and how you would like to be corrected. This way you can ask your tandem partner to repeat the faulty part in a correct way or that he notes frequent mistakes and talks later about it.
Duration of a tandem meeting
We recommend to plan the first 3 meetings and to meet once a week for approx. 40-60 minutes, this means 20-30 minutes for each language.
Midterm Supervision | International Dinner ESN Buddynetwork of TU Wien
You won’t only practice your language skills. Additionally, you will have the chance to get to know the culture of your tandem partner or of a different field (e.g. study field). We therefore would like to invite all tandem participants to the International Dinner organized by the ESN Buddynetwork of TU Wien. The dinner takes place at the mid of the semester, where we will also provide a midterm supervision. Upon request, we can offer a midterm supervision in an individual meeting.
Confirmation of participation
In order to obtain a confirmation of participation you have to fulfill the following requirements during the semester:
- Mandatory participation in the kickoff and closing event (Invitation will be sent by email. If you are prevented from coming to one of the events, please inform us!)
- Regular meetings with the tandem partner, at least 8 times (Participation in the International Dinner of the ESN Buddynetwork – together with your tandem partner – counts for one meeting. You can also sometimes email to your tandem partner instead of a meeting in person, especially if you want to practice your writing skills)
- Writing a tandem logbook (incl. statement of intend about mutual tandem learning from both partners, questionnaire about the learning targets, notes/learning logs of at least 8 meetings)
You can hand in the log book at the closing event or in the International Office. You will get your confirmation a few days after.
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