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UBC tandem language program ends with workshop, Syrian feast

David P. Ball, Metro News Vancouver, April 18th, 2017. In the six years since UBC tandem — a partner-based conversational language program — launched at the University of British Columbia, its directors never expected to see it become the largest “tandem” style program in the world. They only discovered how big they’d grown recently at an […]

Language Partners BC: An alternative for Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, or Armenian learners

Language Partners BC: An alternative for Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, or Armenian learners

Aida Mwanzia, Global Lounge Blog, September 2016. Are you interested in learning Arabic or Turkish, and helping a newly arrived Syrian refugee or new immigrant learn English and adapt to life in Vancouver? Join this pilot program. It’s free, and the required Information and Registration Session will take place on Tuesday, September 20th, from 6:00-8:00pm at Ajyal […]

Join the UBC tandem Program! A past participant’s perspective, Fall 2016

Join the UBC tandem Program! A past participant’s perspective, Fall 2016

Aida Mwanzia, Global Lounge Blog, September 2016.  Farbod, a former tandem participant from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, says, “Tandem allowed me to practice my conversational Spanish while I was taking a Spanish course. In class, we often learned how to read and write, but it was through meeting with my tandem partner that I […]

Marie Shuman stands in front of the Global Lounge, Photo by Carter Brundage, The Ubyssey

UBC tandem lets students learn a new language without leaving campus

Ruby Chen, The Ubyssey, March 2014.  As a world-class university home to undergrads from 151 countries, UBC students don’t need to go on exchange or take higher-level language courses to achieve fluency in a foreign language. The UBC Tandem Language Exchange Program is a free, student-run initiative that pairs up students who wish to learn each […]

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Tandem Language Program lets students be teachers

Priyanka Hariharan, The Ubyssey, October 2012.  Students at UBC don’t need professors and a classroom to learn a new language. The tandem Language Learning Program lets students volunteer to teach their own languages to each other. Mary Leighton, a graduate student at UBC, started the program in 2011.“It basically involves two speakers, fluent in two different […]