Tandem-Learning: An Autonomous Form of Language Learning

The Language Centre offers a central Tandem Bourse for all.

What does Tandem language learning mean?

Individuals with different mother tongues or with a high level in a second language teach their respective languages to each other.

How can Tandem-Learning be organised?

  1. Presence learning: The partners meet and the communication takes place directly.
  2. Distance learning: The partners communicate in written form, e.g. by e-mail or via chat.

Rules for a successful long-term partnership


  1. Partners should profit in equal manner. Both should invest the same amount of time.
  2. Partners should postulate their (most often different) learning targets and choose the learning method in advance. In the time designated you can hold a conversation, discuss issues, work through subjects, talk about the vocabulary or read aloud.
  3. You should keep to the time limits postulated and not mix the languages.



  • among students
  • among members of staff
  • among individuals of the same profession/ field of study


Further Information

You can find extensive materials for tandem learning on the homepage of the
University of Greifswald from the SEAGULL project.