TESTIMONIALS

The following testimonials come directly from the anonymous comment section of the Teletandem Student Evaluation Survey administered at the end of the semester indicated. 

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“I found Teletandem helped to boost my confidence. Often I find that I get lost in the details of learning Spanish and I forget that my personal goal of learning a language is to be able to communicate with others coherently, even if I am imperfect in the Spanish language.”
Spanish Student, Spring 2016

"The opportunity to speak with a native Chinese speaker is essential for this course."
Chinese Student, Spring 2016

"It was a beautiful opportunity for enlightenment."
-Student, Spring 2016


"Teletandum [sic] was a great experience to connect to people I would never been given the opportunity to talk to. These sessions pushed me to become a better and more confident speaker and it was fun getting to know people and different cultures."
-Student, Spring 2016

"This opportunity has been valuable, with much consideration for engaging with varying worldviews, utilizing another language and way of thinking, and communicating with others among another culture."
-Spanish Student, Spring 2016
“I am extremely happy that in my Spanish 101 class I was able to experience talking to a native Spanish speaker in another country. Words can not describe how awesome of an experience it was. It does strongly encourage me to go further in a Spanish course than a 101 or 102 Spanish class. This experience gave me more self confidence in speaking the language and gave me more interest to learn the language beyond a basic conversation.”
Spanish 101 Student, Spring 2016
 
"I've loved my experience. It has given me the unique experience not only to meet students from Mexico, but to make friends as well. I have always wanted to have more experience speaking with native speakers, and this opportunity is exactly what I was looking for. I would recommend Teletandem to anyone who wants to get more confidence in their speaking skills."
–Spanish Student, Spring 2016

"Teletandem offered much encouragement and application of the Spanish class teachings. Going to several sessions allowed me to find where my vocabulary and conjugations were strong or weak. Overall, it was extremely helpful and gratifying. Thanks!" 
–Spanish Student, Spring 2016
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“The teletandem experience was a very educational one for me. It showed me where my skill level was with Spanish and what to improve on. I also learned much from the students in the teletandem, about who they were and what they did.”
Spanish Student, Spring 2016

"It was a real experience that allowed me to apply what I learned in class and learn material beyond course content."
Student, Spring 2016


"It was interesting and a great experience to be able to speak with someone with Spanish as their first language. It also made me realize how much Spanish I actually know and that I can be more confident while speaking it."
-Spanish Student, Spring 2016


"I loved teletandem because I was extremely nervous to speak to native Spanish speakers before I took SPAN 311. Now I feel confident talking to my peers and teletandem helped me with that because I know they speak English just as well as I speak Spanish so it was very relatable to me, which calmed my nerves."
-Spanish Student, Spring 2016


It motivated me to put more time and effort into learning Spanish which turned out to benefit me in many ways.”
Spanish Student, Spring 2016

"I enjoyed the teletandem sessions as they enhanced my learning experience for medical spanish. I especially liked talking to the nursing students as I got to talk about the healthcare experience in spanish-speaking countries."
-Student, Spring 2016
 
"Very fun way to better understand and communicate with native speakers!" 
–Spanish Student, Spring 2016

"A better opportunity to learn a language and the culture that goes along with it"
-Student, Spring 2016

"It was a fun experience and it helped me truly understand how to converse with others in Spanish. I hope to be able to do this again in the near future!"
-Spanish Student, Spring 2016
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“I feel much more confident in my speaking skills and feel as though communicating fluently with a native speaker of Spanish is less of a dream and more of a goal now.”
Spanish Student, Fall 2014

"Teletandem really helps to cement what we learn in class. While the class material is often grammatical, and feels theoretical, teletandem gives us the opportunity to really apply our knowledge and use it in a real-world environment without having to travel to another country. It's almost as if it helps to remind us that Portuguese is a language that actually is spoken somewhere, by real people, and not just a textbook. Making a human connection really helped to spark my interest in the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture."
PORT 102 Student, Spring 2011
 
"Teletandem made me care about learning vocabulary. It really makes you want to know the right word when you're trying to explain your on-campus job or that you moved buildings to someone in an entirely other language. My partner was sociable and so fascinating; the days we did the sessions were my favorite class days of the week.
–ITAL 201 Student, Spring 2012
“Teletandem was very impactful because it helped me feel more comfortable with having conversation[s] in Spanish. The native speakers and I had a commonality, we were both learning another language. This took away the pressure to be perfect and allowed me to speak freely and learn a lot.”
Spanish Student, Fall 2014
 
 "EVERYBODY should start using this program even in the 101 courses. Books can only take you so far, it is [by] forcing yourself to speak and be immersed that you will learn a language. Necessity hones the skill." 
–PORT 101 Student, Fall 2013
 
"I found the class more interesting and engaging because Teletandem was something to look forward to every week. It was interesting meeting someone from a completely different culture, and the friend I made was very patient in helping me learn the language."
–ITAL 201 Student, Spring 2012

"[Before Teletandem,] I was not aware of how much I learned and did not have a way to find out. Teletandem gave me a chance to use my abilities and see that I learned more than I thought." 
–PORT 101 Student, Fall 2013
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“Teletandem opened me up to people from other cultures. I have always been afraid of speaking my language, but now I’m not afraid to speak. I am able to speak Spanish to everyone now.
Spanish Student, Fall 2014
 
"It was great one-on-one practice with speaking outside of class. Unlike conversing with my teacher and peers, there was no wait for my turn and the subject matter felt more natural."
PORT 102 Student, Spring 2012

 

“I really enjoyed the Teletandem. It helped me a lot in Chinese and encouraged me to speak more. I would recommend it to anyone who is learning a language at VCU!
Chinese Student, Spring 2015

 

“The best part is now I have friends in Mexico and Spain! [It’s] a beautiful thing to be able to say, that others cannot.”
Spanish Student, Fall 2014
"Using Teletandem, I was able to speak more comfortably in Portuguese and carry on basic conversations. Because they are real world, real time conversations, you are forced to answer in complete sentences and express your thoughts as clearly as possible. I would recommend it to any language learning class." 
–PORT 101 Student, Fall 2013
 
"It was very difficult at first to communicate effectively because my Chinese speaking skills were very low but I feel like now I have a better grasp on speaking as well as listening just because I have had a lot of practice with a native speaker." 
–CHIN 201 Student, Fall 2013
 
"Teletandem was a 100% positive experience for me. I became more than just a partner, but a friend to my Brazilian counterpart. I was excited to speak with her upon every Teletandem session and she reciprocated the same feelings. Teletandem is one of the most useful instruments for honing language skills and I am thrilled that I had the chance to participate in a class that utilized such a fantastic language enhancement tool.
–PORT 202 Student, Spring 2012
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 "I am generally pretty shy when it comes to speaking another language. Teletandem gave me the confidence to speak with my partner without having to speak in front of the whole class. I was less worried about making mistakes and simply tried to communicate the best I could. My partner would correct me on my mistakes, but I did not feel the same pressure I did in class. I think this allowed me to open up about speaking and gave me an outlet to practice more.
–CHIN 201 Student, Fall 2013
 
“This semester I really enjoyed going to the [Teletandem] sessions more frequently and for a longer amount of time. This was a great way for me to practice my Spanish speaking skills and build my confidence.
Spanish Student. Spring 2015

"The [Teletandem] experience was able to apply my Spanish language skills to the real world. It is much more difficult to speak to and understand a native speaker. It was a lot of fun meeting someone from another country and talking about topics that interested us!"
–Spanish Student, Spring 2015
"Practice in the target language was incredibly beneficial, and more memorable than studying the textbook."
–Student, Fall 2014 [language unspecified]