French-English Tandem

Partners will reciprocally support each other in achieving their own pre-agreed goals, alternatively acting as learner and teacher, taking responsibility for their own learning and providing constructive opportunities for language practice and feedback to their partner.


  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: 1-4
  • Pre-requisite: 
    In addition to being native speakers of the language they are 'teaching', students should have the following qualifications or equivalent learning experience in the language they are learning:
    • MLT345A French-English Tandem Advanced 1: MLT226, A level grade A-C, CEF B1+
    • MLT217A French-English Tandem Higher Advanced 1: MLT261, A level + 1 year or stay abroad, CEF B2
    • MLT325A French-English Tandem Proficient 1: MLT311 (> 65%), A level + 2 years or long stay abroad, CEF C1
  • Co-requisite: N/A.
  • Availability: Students of the University of Sheffield taking the module for credits, Erasmus students.
  • Teaching period: Autumn semester (See timetables and course dates)
  • Contact times: Two introductory seminars in Weeks 2 and 4, and two counselling session in Weeks 4 and 7. Also a minimum of 20 hours of bilingual collaborative learning with a native-speaker partner. Sessions to be arranged by partners, at least 2 hours per week divided equally between the 2 languages.
  • Group size: Tandem pair.
  • Language Co-ordinator: Dr Karine Zbinden
  • Module Leader: Sylvie Cassou
  • Pathway:

This unit aims to enable students to develop their spoken proficiency and intercultural awareness in relation to the language they are studying through weekly meetings with a native-speaker partner and to acquire independent language learning skills through regular supervision from a language tutor and the completion of a personal planning and reflexive diary.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • perform at the following level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:
    • MLT345A: B2-
    • MLT217A: B2+
    • MLT325A: C1+
  • speak the language with greater fluency and accuracy
  • demonstrate an enhanced perception of the target culture in areas they have prioritised
  • study the language and culture more independently (i.e. analysing their language learning needs, setting themselves realistic goals accordingly, developing successful language learning techniques to achieve these goals and evaluating their progress)
  • demonstrate a range of transferable skills including effective time-management, reviewing and evaluating procedures, learning from peers and supporting the learning of others.

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