Articles and reports for people who want to learn languages (French, Italian, Spanish and German) abroad. Information about language sharing and teaching, and advantages of learning languages.

Día E at Instituto Cervantes Vienna & TANDEM Spain

Día E at Instituto Cervantes Viena & TANDEM Spain Last year, the Spanish Instituto Cervantes launched an interesting celebration aimed at increasing the visibility of the Spanish language throughout the world, and at revitalizing the value of Spanish as a language of international communication. The Día E or Día del Español is organized [...]

Language Learning for Visually Impaired People III (more on ELLVIS)

ELLVIS – English Language Learning Programme for Visually Impaired Students The acronym ELLVIS stands for «English Language Learning Program for Visually Impaired Students». The goal of this Comenius project is to develop new language learning methods for blind or visually impaired young people. Adequate language learning materials available for visually impaired people are [...]

Language Learning for Visually Impaired People II

ELLVIS – English Language Learning Programme for Visually Impaired Students Following its cooperation with the European Commission for the development of language learning computer-based programs for visually impaired people, two TANDEM International member schools will participate during 2010 in the Comenius new ELLVIS program. ELLVIS stands for English Language Learning Program for Visually [...]

Language Learning for Visually Impaired People I

ALLVIP (Accessible Language Learning for Visually Impaired Poeple) TANDEM Hamburg, TANDEM International e.V. member since its foundation in 1985, participates in a very interesting Socrates project for developing computer-based language learning courses for visually impaired people. The role of TANDEM Hamburg in this project is to develop the German lessons for English-speaking learners. [...]

European Day of Languages

The TANDEM Network promotes language learning Today, 26th September, is the European Day of Languages. Thus, in this post I would like to highlight the role of TANDEM International in promoting language learning worldwide. TANDEM International, a growing association of independent language schools throughout the world, shares with its member schools the purpose [...]

The power of word-of-mouth in language travel

The power of word-of-mouth in language travel The power of word-of-mouth (recommendation by friends and family) is the most credible for language travellers. (Atme.org) There are countless research studies, reports and books about the «power of word of mouth» at the moment of choosing a product or service. Well, the reason it’s quite [...]

Deidealization of the native speaker III: What’s a native speaker anyway?

What is a native speaker anyway? Claire Kramsch, from the University of California, Berkeley, in her paper “The Privilege of the Nonnative Speaker” discusses the definition of the native speaker implying that it may not really have to do with the privilege of birth or education, but with being recognized as such by [...]

Deidealization of the native speaker II: unique multilingual perspective

Unique Multilingual Perspective Have you ever wished you achieved a “native sound” in the foreign language you are studying? I guess there are people with an innate talent for learning languages and they get to sound as any other local speaker, maybe with an alien pronunciation or word here and there, but still [...]

Deidealization of the native speaker I

The Privilege of the Nonnative Speaker I have recently found an opinion paper with the title “The privilege of the nonnative Speaker” which I read with much interest, as it discusses several interesting concepts related to language learning. It challenges, from the perspective of linguistic travel, traditional assumptions which have rendered an idealized [...]

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