Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

New Wave: "Portuguese Study Goes Global with Skype Sessions"

October 19th, 2015

By Hannah Dean

“On a Tuesday morning in Newcomb Hall on the Tulane University uptown campus, students across three classrooms are laughing, sharing stories and talking about pop culture — with student partners thousands of miles away in Brazil.

These students are part of the Teletandem language program, in which students are partnered with a Brazilian peer via Skype for a modern version of a pen pal program.

Each session is 75 minutes long, with a half hour devoted to speaking each language (English and Portuguese) and a 5–10 minute conclusion where students can talk about language difficulties or cultural differences that they noted during the session.”

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