The Case for Tandem Learning

Lewis, Timothy (2003). The Case for Tandem Learning. In: Lewis, Timothy and Walker, Lesley eds. Autonomous language learning in Tandem. Sheffield, UK: Academy Electronic Publications, pp. 13–25.



This publication marks roughly a decade of systematic attempts to incorporate tandem learning - both face-to-face and by email into the language curricula of a consortium of European universities. The initial stimulus for this was provided by two large-scale projects. Underlying them was the awareness that the Internet had demolished the barriers constituted by geographical distance and was making possible forms of partnership-based learning hitherto only feasible where different language communities lived side-by-side, or where one set of learners was able or obliged to travel to the homeland of the other.

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