It Takes Two To Tandem

Michael Grare- It Takes Two to Tandem It was a win for everyone! Barring the occasional technical problem and the time zone challenges, our students talked with someone they might never have met otherwise. They did so in two different languages, 8000+ miles apart and with 9 hours of time difference. They fought their shyness, anxiety and linguistic insecurities, and they came out with a win. Ultimately, this a story of how we can leverage modern technologies to build bridges and create more human interaction, not less. This is a story we want to share and we want to see reiterated. We are currently analyzing our students and teachers’ feedback to this exchange in order to establish guidelines and advice for future similar projects. We are going to share our tandem experience and advice with other teachers in Oregon and the state of Washington at the 2018 WAFLT/COFLT conference this fall. We are hopeful that this will inspire other teachers to connect their students to other students in their classes. This is a story of how the Fulbright program built a bridge and opened a whole channel of collaboration between two programs, universities, and regions half a world apart. I personally want to thank all of our students, Claudine Grommersch and the English department at the UCL, Nicole Thorburn and my other colleagues at Pacific, and the Fulbright program for making all of this possible. Thank you. Michaël Grare is a 2017-2018 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant to Pacific University. Articles are written by Fulbright grantees and do not reflect the opinions of the Fulbright Commission, the grantees’ host institutions, or the U.S. Department of State.]]>

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