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FIRST INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING IN TANDEM: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
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FIRST INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING IN TANDEM: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE (INFLIT)

2/27/2014 to 3/1/2014
When: February 27 - March 1, 2014
Where: University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida 
United States

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FIRST INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING IN TANDEM:PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE (INFLIT) 

Learning foreign languages in-tandem is not a new idea. Tandem learning has been used by many students and professionals in the field of foreign language learning, since it was developed in Europe in the seventies and eighties. Foreign language learning in-tandem is based on principles of peer collaboration and reciprocity and much research has been carried out about the characteristics and language acquisition processes using this approach.

However, in the present era of globalization, the development of new ICTs – Information Communication Technologies - have eliminated trans-geographical and transnational borders, providing foreign language teachers and students with new opportunities for communication and contact between languages and cultures. Therefore, we are now faced with challenges to how extend research endeavors and broaden international efforts and collaboration to better understand the cultural dimensions of this learning context, particularly its intercultural communication and discourse, now that the principles of tandem learning start to be transposed and transformed from face-to-face into interactions mediated by technology and virtual environments.

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