Participants are expected to meet their partner for 1.5 hours each week, spending the first 45 minutes speaking the first language, and the 2nd 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, or ii) they can choose to meet independently. In addition, if we are able to match two applicants, but they have not selected any of the same session times, they will be matched independently instead.
i. Session Meeters
Weekly, facilitated sessions take place every day, from week 1 to week 10 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 [LINK TO PAGE], who provide weekly Conversation Guides [LINK TO PAGE], 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 — 5:30-7:00pm
- Tuesdays — 3:30-5:00pm
- Wednesdays — 3:30-5:00pm
- Thursdays — 12:30-2:00pm
- Fridays — 1:00-2:30pm
- Fridays — 3:00-4:30pm
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 [LINK TO PAGE] 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