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'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.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:e-tandem learning
Subjects:Social Sciences > Teaching
Humanities > German language
Humanities > Language
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Publisher:Haworth Press
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Copyright Information:This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Teaching in International Business. Available online at:
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:20775
Deposited On:16 Sep 2015 11:29 by Jennifer Bruen. Last Modified 01 Jan 2017 01:02

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