'So they're actually real?' Integrating e-tandem learning into the study of Language for International Business
Bruen, Jennifer and Sudhershan, Aleksandra (2015) 'So they're actually real?' Integrating e-tandem learning into the study of Language for International Business. Journal of Teaching in International Business, 26 (2). pp. 81-93. ISSN 0897-5930
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Tandem learning involves learners with complementary target and native languages communicating for the purpose of learning each other’s languages and cultures. Studies indicate that it can function as a powerful complement to formal language learning classes with regard to the development of both language proficiency and cultural intelligence. This paper reports on an intervention designed to create a basis for integration of tandem learning into language modules for undergraduate students of international business. The exercise involved 32 students from higher education institutions in Ireland and Austria who completed letters of application and Curriculum Vitae in their target languages and engaged in peer review with one another. This paper describes this process in more detail, discussing learning outcomes, successes and obstacles, and outlining plans for enhancement.
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