Do you want to practise speaking in English, French, German, Spanish or any other language you are learning?
You can now sign up for free to Language Exchange by filling in the form on: https://forms.office.com/r/8YDxEnqw9F and we will contact you to find a tandem partner for you.
What is Language Exchange?
- This is a space for you to practise a foreign language through conversation: this is a language exchange space.
- A language exchange space is not a language course. It is an opportunity for you to speak with your tandem partner who, like you, wants to practise a language that is not his/her native tongue; you offer your skills as an expert speaker in your tongue and your partner offers his/her skills as an expert speaker of the other tongue.
- You have to agree on a regular schedule for your conversations with your tandem partner.
- For a fair exchange, you must divide the time you devote to each language equally. For instance, in a 1 hour session, you should devote half an hour to each language.
How does it work?
Register for the programme.
- Register by filling in our form here. In this form, we will request your contact details (email address) and linguistic profile (which languages you speak, which languages you want to practise…).
- We will send you an email with the contact details of another student whose linguistic profile matches yours, so that you can become tandem partners.
- You will then be ready to contact your new tandem partner to practise these two languages you both want to practise. Get in touch and arrange a first meeting for your video conference conversation (you can decide if you prefer to use Microsoft Teams, Skype or any other tool).
- Repeat your meetings regularly (weekly would be the best choice) in the schedule you have arranged.
Who can participate?
- All USJ students, teachers and other staff members interested in a language exchange.
- All students, teachers and other staff members from the following universities interested in a language exchange:
- Cardiff Metropolitan University
- University of Central Lancashire
- University of Aberystwyth
- University of Manchester
- King's College of London
- University of Bristol
- Philipps-Universität Marburg
- Universiteit Gent
When should I register for the Language Exchange?
- You can now register. There isn’t any deadline for registration. You can take part in the programme at any time throughout the academic year. However, it might be easier for you to find a tandem partner if you register at the beginning of a semester.
- Registration is free.
What languages can I practise?
- This Language Exchange is mainly focused on the practise of Spanish, English, German and French with native speakers, because of the main native tongues of the European universities involved in the programme. However, if you are also interested in practising a different language, please add it to the form you will fill in when you register. Who knows? We might find someone for you…
Who should I contact for assistance?
- In case your tandem exchange is not working as expected, or not working at all, you can contact the coordinator of the Language Exchange at the USJ (Clara Lairla: firstname.lastname@example.org); or, if your university has provided you with another contact person, you can also contact them.
What if I run out of ideas for conversation?
- In case you don’t know what to talk about during your first meeting, or you run out of ideas as weeks go by, or you just prefer to organise your sessions based on pre-established topics, here you will find some links to different websites with the latest news, articles or just about different topics that can provide you with ideas for your conversations.
- Icebreaker for your first conversation (go through it before your meeting to be ready for your 1st session):
- Spanish resources: https://www.muyinteresante.es/
- English resources: https://www.bbc.com/news
- French resources: https://www.lemonde.fr/
- German resources: https://www.dw.com/de/themen/s-9077
- General resources: http://www.seagull-tandem.eu/links/
For USJ students:
During the first semester of the academic year 2021-22, Language Exchange will only take place by means of video conference conversations. When Covid-19 circumstances are favourable, we expect to be able to take up again our face to face language exchanges too.