Tandem in an English-Spanish MOOC

tandem MooCThe SpeakApps Tandem and Videochat tools are being used to facilitate spoken interaction in a Tandem MOOC offered to English-speaking students of Spanish and Spanish-speaking students of English. The MOOC is being made available to students seeking to improve their speaking fluency doing tandem tasks with native speakers of their target language.

The free course will provide lessons on communication strategies. It will also advise students on how they can make the most of their tandem practice. Feedback will also be provided by tutors to those students who participate most in the MOOC. Finally, students will benefit from the interaction they will have with their Tandem partners.

Parts of the course are designed specifically to help students preparing for the oral elements of official exams such as the FCE and DELE. In order to participate students must be 18 or older, be prepared to devote three to four hours per week to the MOOC and hold a minimum of an intermediate (CEFR B1+) level in their target language. The course begins on 27 October 2014 and will run for six weeks. Students can register at http://mooc.speakapps.org/register/. The Tandem MOOC is a joint effort of the Open University of Catalonia, the University of Barcelona and the Rovira and Virgili University. Please spread the word!