What is the TANDEM project about?
Who can do it?
Foreign students hosted at Ensimag (exchange students, double degree students, international masters' students...), but there’s also a possibility to extend this to foreign students hosted at another Grenoble institution.
Regular French speaking Ensimag students, no nationality criteria.
Mother tongue or advanced level (level C1-C2).
Ex: a "tandem" French student - Polish student can exchange in English and in French if the Polish student has at least a level C1 or C2 in English.
Your registration will be effective, and you will be evaluated for this activity.
How can I meet my Tandem partner?
Each semester you can join the “Pot Tandem”. There you can meet your future partner and discuss with students who have experienced the project before.
The International Relations team can also help you find a partner among all the school’s international students.
How can I register?
At the beginning of the semester, you can register at the International Relations Department. You will then receive a message officially confirming your participation.
How does it work?
You will meet in pairs regularly (at least 2 hours a week).
You will then exchange in both languages equally. The two partners will agree on the terms, objectives and frequency of the meetings. You will then report about your activities and experience in a blog or a written account. Then, at the end of the semester you will defend your project in front of a jury.
What about the activities?
You can meet at school, in a café, in a park, at home… You can also practice sports or do any cultural activities, go to student parties with friends etc.
Listen to your imagination, anything is possible, and… in case you need help, we’re here!
The main idea is to improve your skills in a language you have already practiced for some time. This project is not recommended to real beginners.
How can I make the most of this project: a few tips.
Try to agree on an organisation right from the beginning, and stick to the plan. Most students decide to speak both languages during the first half of the session and then they switch. Others would rather speak language per session and they alternate.
Mistakes and corrections:
Before you meet for the first time, do not forget to discuss how to deal with language mistakes; let your partner know when and how you would like him/her to correct them.
Do not forget to take pictures for the blog/account.
When you meet, you will have plenty of occasions to take pictures to illustrate your work.
Date of update March 9, 2023