Each partner should commit to regular meetings throughout the term. You and your partner will decide when, where, how often, and how long to meet. If you must miss a meeting for any reason, please notify your partner as far in advance as possible. We ask that you make every effort to follow through on your semester-long commitment. Remember that your partner is excited about having this opportunity; if you are not able to follow through, we may have difficulty finding another match for your partner until the next semester begins.
Sensitivity to your partner's needs
It is very important to be sensitive to the fact that people from different cultural backgrounds have very different expectations, beliefs, and behavior. Please share as much as you want to with your partner about your culture and perspectives. However, do not impose any beliefs or behavior (religious, political, social, sexual, etc.) on your partners. Please feel free at any time to express your discomfort or disinterest in any topic. Respect your partners if they seem uncomfortable, and show consideration for your partner's feelings by avoiding such topics in the future. Partnerships work best when both partners are clear about how they would like to practice the language and what type of feedback they are looking for in the exchange. Be clear with your partner about your learning goals and do your best to help your partner in the ways requested. In addition, make sure that equal time is given to each language being practiced.
Understanding our program goals
The purpose of the TandemPlus program is to bring people together to learn about language and culture. It is not a dating service, a religious or political organization, or a social-service agency. If your partner's interest in the program is not primarily language or culture learning, please talk with your partner about redirecting your time together. Feel free to contact the TandemPlus coordinators with any questions or concerns.
Understand our program priorities
The greater community is welcome to register for TandemPlus. However, priority will be given to CLA students currently enrolled in language classes at the University of Minnesota. Please keep in mind that we use different criteria in matching partners, and the more flexibility you indicate in any of these categories, the more likely it is that we will be able to find a partner for you. The criteria include your language preference; schedule/availability; gender; age; hobbies, transportation issues, and more.