New Directions in eTandem: An Expanded Vision of Capabilities and Practices

Document Type


Publication Date



Autonomy and reciprocity, two central tenets of eTandem, are not ideologically neutral terms. In light of new technological opportunities and pedagogical directions in higher education, current formulations of these concepts are perhaps too narrow to accommodate the full range of collaborative activities available to instructors and students. For better or worse, education assumes a significant and definitive role in the market economy. The public-private distinction is not an actual binary: it is more accurately understood as a spectrum, and educational institutions function dually as hybrid recipients and benefactors of economic activity. eTandem is an excellent foundation, but teachers should not feel limited in its scope and purview. By reflecting on instructional activity and observation in Arabic, Italian, and Spanish courses at the University of Richmond, this article presents different interpretations of eTandem. The traditional model can be enhanced with related tools and methodologies to engage students more deeply, and challenge them to push the boundaries of their language, abilities, and knowledge. While additional SLA research would be needed to confirm the transference of learning outcomes of both models through comparative evaluative metrics, this article outlines ideas for instructors to commence new directions in eTandem, and consider improvements to long-standing practices.

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2018 Grupo de Estudos Linguísticos do Estado de Sáo Paulo. This article first appeared in Revista do GEL 15:3 (2018), 176-193.

Please note downloads of the article are for private/personal use only.

Citation example for article (Chicago):

Marsh-Soloway, Michael, and Olivier Delers. “New Directions in eTandem: An Expanded Vision of Capabilities and Practices.” Revista do GEL 15, no. 3 (2018): 176-193.