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Facilitating a face-to-face tandem language exchange on a university campus

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Show simple item record Batardière, Marie-Thérèse Jeanneau, Catherine 2017-10-26T09:20:06Z 2017-10-26T09:20:06Z 2015
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract As the 21st century progresses and the internationalisation of higher education is gaining momentum, encouraging students’ intercultural communication has become of paramount significance. A Tandem Language Exchange (TLE) is among a number of initiatives taken by the Language Learning Hub (LLH) at the University of Limerick (UL) to bring together foreign and home students. The TLE takes place in both semesters of the academic year, attracting over two hundred students including UL undergraduates and some postgraduates as well as international students of many nationalities. It is offered across faculties (Humanities, Business, Education, and Engineering) to students with levels of second language competence ranging from elementary to advanced. Drawing on the empirical data collected at various stages of the TLE, this study first looks at some of the organisational and pedagogical challenges encountered during 15-years of experience of pairing foreign and home students. It then presents the various means of support that the LLH has put into place to raise cultural awareness and encourage linguistic diversity among students. Finally, it puts forward some recommendations for implementing this type of peer-to-peer language exchange in university settings. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Kanda University of International Studies en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal;6, (3) pp. 288-99
dc.subject face-to-face language exchange en_US
dc.subject intercultural interaction en_US
dc.subject authentic communication en_US
dc.title Facilitating a face-to-face tandem language exchange on a university campus en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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