What is Tandem@Leeds?

Tandem@Leeds is a 1-to-1 language learning project. It matches 2 students who are learning each other’s language so that they can help each other to improve their language skills and develop a better understanding of each other’s culture. For example, if you’re a native/fluent speaker of German and you want to improve your English, you can be matched with a student who speaks English and wants to improve their German. To be a success, both learners need to take responsibility for the partnership.

If you are interested in learning more about the culture and are not learning the language, you can apply to be a partner. We particularly welcome applications from speakers of English in order to meet the demand for Tandem partners.

Who can take part?

You must be a University of Leeds student in 2017-18 and ideally have some knowledge of the language you want to improve.

How does it work?

You commit to 8 meetings over the semester/academic year. You meet your Tandem partner probably on a weekly basis e.g. for 1 to 2 hours a week, focussing on one language in the first hour and on the other language in the second hour. You each decide what you want to focus on and what you would like to improve.

You build up a reflective diary which includes your language learning goals, evidence of each meeting and evidence of your learning both in terms of the language and your cultural awareness. This can include audio, video and/or written evidence of learning. The reflective diary is assessed on a pass/fail basis. If your diary meets the assessment requirements, you will receive a certificate of successful completion.

How do I get involved?

Download an application form and send your completed form to tandem@leeds.ac.uk by 4pm on Monday 2 October. Please add your name to the title of the document.

Tandem@Leeds relies on being able to find a suitable match. If we can’t find you a partner, we’ll let you know.