Language Tandem

What is a Language Tandem?

A language tandem is one of the most enjoyable ways to improve your language competencies. Additionally you will gain and/or expand your knowledge about and experience with other cultures. We define ‘language tandem’ as a mutual exchange in language learning. Or simply said: "You help me to improve my language and I will help you improve yours. This will help us understand each other better.”  Tandem is language learning based on partnership and autonomy. 

You have several tandem models to choose from:

With credit points as additional credit points

OR no credit points: Tandem Culture and Tandem Light

 

  • Advantages and Suitability
  • How it works!
  • Practical Tips
  • Acquire Credit Points
  • Registration

Advantages and Suitability

  • Who can do tandem?
    Tandem is best for students who like to learn creatively and enjoy getting to know people from other cultures. However, students need to be very reliable and disciplined to meet all requirements for a successful partnership.
    Students need at least an A2 level in the target language.

  • Advantages of tandem
    • It opens new perspectives about language and culture
    • Students can choose their own goals and set up the time of meetings within tandem requirements
    • Student have three tandem models to choose from. Find more information under the "Tandem-Models" Tab.

How it works!

Tandem is based on partnership and is autonomous because each partner chooses his or her own learning goals and is responsible for their own Tandem meeting preparations. To ensure that everything runs smoothly, partners need to follow a few basic guidelines:

1. Meet regularly (for example 1-2 times a week) at a fixed time and day if possible.

2. Practice both languages separately (time is set aside exclusively for one, and then the other, e.g. 45 min. per language).

3. Dedicate equal time to both languages.

4. The person who is learning the language decides what will be done and prepares it. Your partner isn’t your instructor.

5. The person who is the native speaker is patient, listens and is helpful.

6. Stay in the chosen language. Even when it seems as if there is no way to continue, at least try to stick to the language by using different words, drawings, hands and feet, etc. 

Tandem is very successful when partners cooperate during the planning, make a conscious decision about the goals and ways of working as well as prepare and follow up every meeting.

Practical Tips

  • Meet regularly! Reserve a specific day and time and make sure you come prepared. 
  • Laugh and enjoy yourself! Cultural and linguistic mistakes are normal and sometimes even humorous.
  • No ideas about what to do and how to do it? Go to the link ‘Tandem Information’ below.

Acquire Credit Points

The autonomous principles of tandem allow students to choose when (but not how long) they meet and, in conjunction with their target language instructors, their choice of learning goals and topics.

A successfully completed Tandem CP is worth 5 CP in complementary studies. All requirements as well as time of group meetings can be found in myStudy. 

Requirements for CP:

1. Take part in all group tandem meetings.

2. Meet with target language instructor at least 2 times.

3. Have at least 12 individual tandem meetings (90 min = 45 min per language) which are written down in the logbook. 

4. Add further documentation of your mutual work.

5. Write 3 texts on topics of which two come from the follow-up section of your logbook. The 3rd text is a summary written in the target language and reflects critical thinking about your cultural and/or learning experiences.

The exam requirements can be found in myStudy and must be discussed with the target language instructor.

Registration

For students whose native languages are not German and would like to have credit points, you need to register in myStudy (Deutsch Lernen im Tandem A2-B1). You must also send a short email with your name and native language to sprachtandem@leuphana.de. You will then receive information from the instructors.

Tandem for additional Credit Points

Tandem als Methode des Spracherwerbs und interkultureller Kompetenzen – German native speakers must send an motivation letter/email to sprachtandem@leuphana.de. All other details are in myStudy. Only students who send in a motivation letter/email will then receive a link to the mandatory tandem registration platform.

Interkulturelle Kommunikation in der Praxis. Tandemgestützte Projektarbeit. This class focuses more on culture and not on language. Registration via myStudy.

Tandem without Credit Points

Interested students must send an e-mail to sprachtandem@leuphana.de with the following information:
• The language that you would like to improve and the one that you speak
• Your estimation of language level in the target language
• Your major and interests

 

Tandem Information

Interested in doing Tandem on your own and without credit points? You can find some tips here:

Tandem Light/Culture Starter Kit can be downloaded here.