Language learning in tandem takes place when native speakers of two different languages work together in order to learn each other´s language and develop a knowledge of the target culture and community. Partners have the opportunity to give each other help through friendly corrections, advice, questions, etc.

Tandem learning is underpinned by principles of:

  • reciprocity - both partners should benefit equally from the exchange
  • and autonomy - each partner is responsible for their own language learning, establishing learning goals and deciding on methods and materials.

If you are a member of staff or a student of the University of Sheffield, please follow this link to find a partner:

Tandem Learning Community

Please note:

  • You must be logged onto the Sheffield University network and Google Plus to be able to view the MLTC Tandem Community as access is restricted to TUOS (you will receive a 404 message if not logged on).
  • You will need to create a Google+ profile with your University of Sheffield email account in order to join.
  • You don’t need to be registered with the MLTC and the community is not limited to languages offered by the MLTC.
  • If you are registered with the MLTC, you may find the tandem community a useful addition to your course for extra speaking practice and cultural input from a native speaker in relation to your own interests.
  • The scheme is not available for University accreditation or HEAR and cannot be taken by STEM students as a substitute for the Tandem Learning modules.
  • The community is intended for students to find an informal partner. The University and the MLTC take no responsibility.

Suggestions to improve the community are welcome. Please complete the feedback form