Session Times

Participants are expected to meet their partner for 1.5 hours each week, spending the first 45 minutes speaking the first language, and the second 45 minutes speaking the other language.

When registering for the program, applicants can choose i) to attend one of the weekly, facilitated sessions that take place on campus (at the Global Lounge), ii) attend one of the weekly, facilitated sessions that take place on zoom, or iii) they can choose to meet independently.

i. Session Meeters

Weekly, facilitated sessions take place from week 1 to week 9 of the tandem Program. In these sessions, participants meet one-on-one with their partner, but they do so in a room filled with other participants who are also meeting their partners. If you are matched as a Session Meeter, you and your partner will attend the same session each week, together.

Sessions are guided by two Facilitators, who provide weekly Conversation Guides, and ensure that partner-partner interactions are running smoothly.

These sessions are meant to create a feeling of community amongst language learners, and encourage intercultural learning and dialogue. One way in which we share culture and build community is by sharing food, alongside conversation. During the first session, facilitators will provide snacks for participants to share, but throughout the rest of the semester, participants will be asked to sign up to prepare a small meal or snacks to share.

Session times are as follows:

  • Mondays — 5:00-6:30pm (online)
  • Tuesdays — 4:00-5:30pm (in-person)
  • Thursdays — 6:30-8:00pm (online)

ii. Independent Meeters

Participants often choose to meet independently if they have a very busy schedule, and are unable to attend any of the facilitated sessions. In this case, partners are responsible for arranging times to independently meet with their partner in person. Electronic copies of the weekly Conversation Guides are provided on our website for partners to use.

These participants often choose to meet on campus, although participants are free to meet in any public space they like, on- or off-campus. Below is a list of spaces that participants have recommended:

  • The Alumni Center
  • The Beanery
  • Great Dane Café
  • Irving K. Barber Learning Center
  • Koerner Library
  • Koerner’s Pub
  • The Law Library
  • Magma Science Café in the Earth & Science Museum
  • The Nest
  • Orchard Commons
  • Stir it Up Café in Buchanan A
  • Tim Hortons in the Forestry Building
  • Upper seating area of the UBC Bookstore

You’ll find a map here.