LanguageTandems

On the Unite! Language Tandem Platform for staff, you can find and connect with a language tandem partner to improve your target language skills, and connect with colleagues who want to learn about your language and culture.

Language Tandems

Create your
profile 

To get started, simply create your profile by clicking the “Participate in the Language Tandem” button and complete the provided form. If the language you offer or look for is not listed, you can easily add it by clicking the Add a language” button.

Find a language tandem partner 

Finding your language tandem partner is in your hands. Visit the Language Tandem website and search for a partner who speaks your target language using the search filters. Browse the profiles and contact them by clicking on the “Contact” button and filling in the contact form.

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Confirm your tandem

Decide with your tandem partner on meeting times. Once your tandem is arranged, we would appreciate it if you would click the “I found a match” button to let us know about the growing community of language learners. If you don’t want to receive any further requests, you can set your profile to "Inactive" in your profile settings.


Join the experience!

Engaging in a language tandem allows you to practice and improve your language skills with a partner who is a native or near-native speaker. Beyond language development, you can get valuable insights into each other’s cultures .


Language Tandem: Best practices

Guidelines and objectives

Agree on the frequency and duration of meetings, and the overall duration of the tandem experience.

Clearly define your goals, whether it is improving fluency, expanding vocabulary, learning about another country and culture or enhancing communication skills.

 

Topics to talk about

Discuss topics of mutual interest to keep conversations engaging. Find tandem resources including conversation starters and vocabulary here:

Tandem Learning Materials in 13 Languages (seagull-tandem.eu)

 

Time

Aim to meet regularly, at least once a week. The duration of your tandem partnership can be flexible, ranging from one month to several weeks. Establish ground rules for meetings and stick to them.

Feedback and assessment

Decide together how you want to handle feedback. Avoid constant corrections that may disrupt the flow of conversation. Provide feedback in a supportive manner.

Discuss your tandem and adjust your approach if necessary. Open communication helps both partners stay aligned with their goals.


 

Practice languages separately

Dedicate equal time to each language during your meetings. This ensures balanced language development.


Notify 

Respect your partner’s time by notifying them if you need to delay or cancel a meeting. Consistent and reliable communication is essential.

Keep it fun and enriching

Make the tandem experience enjoyable by incorporating discussions on everyday life, subjects that you are both interested in and that engage you. The more enjoyable the experience, the more motivated both partners will be.


Roles

As a tandem partner, you have multiple roles as both learner, model and supportive partner. In order to maintain a balanced approach, it is important to respect the different learning paces and methodologies of each participant. To ensure a harmonious and effective partnership, it is important to agree on correction preferences and reach a consensus.