Quality language courses begin with a competent consultation and a thorough individual level assessment– a requirement for finding exactly the right course for you. Our courses are structured communicationally and our teaching style is based on a mix of modern language teaching and learning methods, always including up-to-date materials and various media. This way we can guarantee interesting and varied classes.
Since we work in small groups, we are able to attend to our students’ needs and interests quite flexibly. It is our aim to create lively and versatile lessons together with you – because this is the only way that language learning is really fun!
Our experienced teachers are native speakers with a university diploma and relevant additional qualification in the field of teaching their language. Our courses and examinations are oriented at internationally recognised standards and at the "Common European Framework for Languages" (CEF) by the European Council. For an overview please click on LEVELS.
TANDEM, as the name suggests, favours a cooperative approach to teaching. Students and teachers should meet at eye level, with teachers being open to the needs and interests of their students. In exchange, we also expect our students to accept our style and our methods, to be punctual and to participate actively in class. We are convinced that this will help to develop a trusting and positive classroom atmosphere which supports language learning and makes it more efficient. Of course we do not only ask for active participation in our classes, we also support its development by focussing on social, and therefore linguistic, interaction in our teaching.
Again and again, different social forms (e.g., pair and group work) and topics, which are oriented towards the needs and wishes of our students, encourage genuine linguistic exchange. We make sure that the basic skills of speaking a language – speaking, reading, writing and listening – are equally trained.
Practically speaking, this means:
We do not plough though the course book page by page, but rather select focus areas. The book sets a central theme for the grammatical progression, provides thematic inspiration, offers practice material, also for self study, and helps course participants to get their bearings (Where am I in my studies? What’s next? What should I know by now?) Methodologically, the mix of the various possibilities and social forms of teaching is what makes it here.
The time “gained” is used to actually apply what has been learned, which is why TANDEM has developed the innovative “talk-it-easy”-units. These serve as great motivators for the implementation of a pragmatic basic grammar.
Common elements of these regular units are:
Aim: to reduce looking up words in the dictionary.
With this communicative and open approach, we create real opportunities for discussion and learning, promote the linguistic and (inter)cultural self-confidence of our students and encourage them to use language creatively.
Last but not least, the social skills of the teacher are equally important to us as the professional ones. This means, should group dynamic processes lead to problems, our teachers can deal with them, address them openly if necessary and search for a solution together with the group.
A "feedback round", at the latest by the middle of the course, serves to identify (latent) issues, but also to emphasise positive aspects of the lessons. In this way, frustration can be avoided and elements that promote learning can be strengthened.