eTandem Language Learning

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Abstract

eTandem language learning has developed as a learning mode since it has been shown to facilitate students’ exchanges with native speakers in each other’s language. Based on the two principles that guide eTandem language learning, reciprocity and autonomy, this qualitative study examines the perceptions of Mexican students as they participated in a four-month eTandem language learning exchange through synchronous oral CMC (computer-mediated communication) with native speakers of English. Using content analysis, participants’ written reflections were analysed after the exchanges. Semi-structured interviews were also conducted. The results reveal that students identify two benefits of this language learning mode as they consider that the exchange has allowed them to improve their speaking skills in terms of vocabulary, fluency, and grammar. They also acknowledged that they have become familiar with the culture of their partner. This study may contribute to the literature as little research has been done in Mexico in relation to the effects of eTandem on English language learning.