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Tandem-learning in the Language Centre

Two people who speak different languages join forces to help each learn the other’s language. This allows you to approach the target language in a very natural manner. In addition, learning a language in tandem is an intensive learning experience because you have to speak the language over longer periods of time. Both parties benefit – and because the tandem-learning programme is based on reciprocity, there is no charge for taking part.

To illustrate how tandem-learning works, let's take an example: You are a native speaker of German and would like to improve your Spanish. The h_da Language Centre will help you find a suitable partner who speaks Spanish and who would like to practise their German. You can then arrange to meet once a week for two hours, for example. It is important that the learning partnership is based on full reciprocity. Both sides should benefit equally, i.e. in your first session you speak German with each other, in the second session Spanish. You can meet as often and for as long as you like and learn each other's language at an intensity which works for you. In your sessions you can practise anything that helps improve your language skills. And the best thing about it: You're not tied to a classroom situation - instead you can learn about your tandem partner's language and culture during all kinds of activities!

You don't need to be a language teacher to facilitate language-learning for your partner – they will benefit from what you already know about your language!

To register for the tandem programme, please fill in the registration form (see below). As soon as we receive the completed form, we will try to find a suitable tandem partner for you. Depending on the requested languages, this may take some time. We will contact you by e-mail when we have found a tandem partner.

Your registration will remain valid for two semesters. If you are still interested after this period, you can then reapply. If you would like to withdraw your registration before the end of the two semesters, please send an e-mail to tandem@h-da.de.

tandem registration form

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We are more than happy that you are interested in our tandem programme! To help us find the best hand-picked partner for you, we just need a bit more information about yourself.
Please only offer a language/languages in which you have exceptional language skills (at least C1). In general, that should be your mother tongue or any other official language spoken in your home country. This is to ensure that both partners will benefit equally from each other’s language skills.

Important: If you would like to offer a language that is not your mother tongue, please specify your language level and how you have achieved that level.