TandemPlus News and Events

TandemPlus Halloween / Día de los Muertos event

Thursday, November 1st, 2018
5:45 - 8:00 p.m.
Burton Hall, Room 120

The TandemPlus Student Association has put together a fabulously spooky event for you! On November 1st, from 5:45 - 8:00 p.m., TPSA is hosting a Halloween / Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, complete with MESA pizza, trivia, games, and, most importantly, opportunities to socialize with fellow language learners.

Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday which celebrates and honors the dead. Unlike Halloween, Día de los Muertos is not a “scary” event, but rather a time of remembering loved ones fondly.  Often, participants in the holiday will leave offerings at the gravesites of family members, such as the person’s favorite food or drink. Traditionally families will spend time in their local cemetery, eating special foods such as sugar skulls and pan de Muertos (bread of the dead).

“But Halloween isn’t in November!”, you say. That’s true, but Day of the Dead is a multi-day celebration beginning on October 31st and ending on November 2nd. This event is in place to honor any cultural celebrations similar to Halloween or Día de los Muertos; if your culture celebrates something similar, be sure to share with your fellow Tandemites!

Everyone interested in the TandemPlus program or in celebrating the holidays is welcome to join. Learn about these sweet celebrations, meet friends, practice languages, and, of course, have fun.


TandemPlus Kickoff Pizza Party

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

5:45 - 8:00 p.m.

Pillsbury Hall, Room 110

The TandemPlus Student Association (TPSA) is happy to announce the first event of the Academic Year: the TandemPlus Kickoff Pizza Party. This event is available to all current participants of TandemPlus, and also to those interested in the program, learning languages, and meeting other language learners! We will be gathering in Pillsbury Hall, room 110 to hang out and chow. MESA pizza will be provided (first come, first served, while supplies last). Join us, meet other people from around the world, and enjoy old-fashioned conversation. You can come for the whole event, or just swing by when you have time.

The TandemPlus program organizes opportunities for language students to practice and improve their abilities in the foreign language they are studying. To meet the needs of as many students as possible, we make these practice opportunities available in a variety of formats.


The TandemPlus program matches native speakers of two different languages, students of each other's language who learn from each other and help one another to learn. Typically, the partners meet for about two hours every week. Priority is given to language students currently enrolled in a class at the University of Minnesota, but registration is open to all. 

Are you trying to register for a TandemPlus Face-to-Face exchange?

Visit the Getting Started menu link for more information, and click on "My Account" to access the TandemPlus Matching Software.


The TandemPlus program pairs language learners online through Virtual Face-to-Face exchanges, which join U of M participants with conversation partners in different countries. In this program, participants meet on-line via Skype or a similar platform to practice their second-language skills with students at universities in Mexico, Honduras, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Russia, Germany, France, and Israel.

This is a great option for students of languages for which there are few native speakers on campus, or who might otherwise have a difficult time being paired with a local conversation partner. 


Instructors can include their entire class in an electronic class-to-class language exchange. In these exchanges, students at the University of Minnesota are paired with one or two students in an overseas class, and correspond throughout the course of an entire semester. TandemPlus can help the instructors in a variety of ways, from finding a counterpart class to suggesting how the exchange might be incorporated into a language curriculum.