For more information or to register, see the TandemPlus website.
The TandemPlus program organizes opportunities for language students to practice the language they are studying, learn about other cultures, develop intercultural communication skills. To meet the needs of as many students as possible, we make these practice opportunities available in a variety of formats.
The TandemPlus program matches native speakers of two different languages, students of each other's language who learn from each other and help one another to learn. Typically, the partners meet for about one-two hours every week. Priority is given to language students currently enrolled in a class at the University of Minnesota, but registration is open to all.
Virtual face-to-face exchanges
The TandemPlus program pairs language learners online through Virtual Face-to-Face exchanges, which join U of M participants with conversation partners in different countries. In this program, participants meet on-line via Skype or a similar platform to practice their second-language skills with students at universities in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Finland, Russia, Germany, and France. This is a great option for students of languages for which there are few native speakers on campus, or who might otherwise have a difficult time being paired with a local conversation partner.
Instructors can include their entire class in an electronic class-to-class language exchange. In these exchanges, students at the University of Minnesota are paired with one or two students in an overseas class, and converse with one another about course-related topics according to an assigned schedule.