- Check how insterested your students are in collaborating with a Brazilian partner from UNESP - São Paulo State University to help him/her learn their native languages (or language of competence) and in being helped to learn Portuguese and Brazilian culture(s). Your students may be of Portuguese as a Foreign/Additional Language, Brazilian Literature, Portuguese Heritage Language Program, Business and/or Latin American Studies, for example.
- Check the availability of a computer lab at the time of your class. Computers must have a webcam, headsets and Skype installed.
- Open Skype accounts according to the number of students in your class. Preferably, try to put your university name followed by a number (that will correspond to the computer number in the lab). For example, for a university called Bristol University, try to open Skype accounts such as bristol1, bristol2, bristol3, etc., until you have one Skype account for each student. Do not use the students' personal Skype accounts, because they may be interrupted by their contacts during the teletandem sessions. We advise to open Skype accounts exclusively for teletandem sessions.
Stablishing the teletandem partnership with UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista
Please, download and fill out the Teletandem Schedule Template below as complete as possible, with: (a) your students' first and last names, (b) their e-mail (optional), (c) the corresponding Skype account through which the student will be interacting, (d) day of the week in which the sessions will be held; (e) time of the sessions (your time and the Braziian time); (f) total number of sessions you want to conduct with your class and (g) total number of hours.
- Time of the sessions: Consider the time difference between your country and São Paulo, Brazil. See time difference clock.
- Pay attention to time difference changes during the semester (preferably check the days that the countries will get into or leave Summer time);
- When setting the days of interaction, consult the holidays in both countries (no interactions in those days). See the holidays and Observances around the world: Click here.
- Send your Session Schedule Sheet to Dr. João A. Telles, Department of Education, Faculty of Sciences and Letters, UNESP- Assis: e-mail: email@example.com , and wait for a response for three days. In this response we will confirm the time you have suggested and we will tell you that the formation of your group is underway or it is already formed and confirmed.
- Plan the teletandem sessions for your class at least one semester before;
- Our teletandem session period at UNESP - São Paulo State University: March 15 to June 30 (first semester for Brazilians) and August 15 to November 30 (second semester). We cannot conduct teletandem sessions out of the above periods.
Implementing the teletandem sessions with us
When you receive the confirmation e-mail that your group has been formed, you will know the name and e-mail address of your teacher-collaborator who will mediate the sessions in our lab. You will be able to exchange ideas and plan joint activities with him/her, if you wish. Try to follow the steps below before you start the sessions on the scheduled days:
- Schedule a test of the equipment and connection with our staff (Skype to teletandembrasil) the week before starting your sessions
- Avoid being late to connect. You must have enough time to set the equipment, connect the Skype accounts and get connected before your students arrive in the lab. Our lab staff will answer the Skype calls. When the students arrive in the classroom, the Skype connections are already established and all they have to do is to sit down and start the interactions. For that, students must be assigned specific computers previously.
- one or two classes before the teletandem sessions start, conduct an Orientation Session with your students. The purpose of the Orientation Sessions is to prepare your students for learning foreign languages in teletandem and to have a successful and gratefying experience with teletandem.
- Try to use the Orientation Session Power Point below. You can download it, by clicking on the icon below.