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Exhibit 3: The TandemPlus Program: Connections Through Technology CLA Language Center

Dan Soneson
Director
soneson@umn.edu
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Rick Treece
Educational Specialist
treece@umn.edu
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Diane Rackowski
Technical Coordinator
dianer@umn.edu
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Bethany Schowengerdt
Tandem Assistant
schow024@umn.edu
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Ellen Wormwood
Tandem Coordinator
wormw001@umn.edu
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TandemPlus is a CLA Language Center program that provides CLA students the opportunity to practice language skills and explore other cultures through partnerships with native speakers of other languages.

Face-to-face language partnerships are matched thanks to a web application and database designed by Language Center staff. The database matches about 500 students per year on the basis of their stated preferences in language, group size, class schedule, gender, etc.

Class-to-class virtual exchanges have allowed hundreds of CLA students to be matched with partner students in Chile, China, France, Mexico, and Spain. Participants use Tokbox, Wimba, Skype, and email to exchange text and video communications. The video exchanges are mainly conducted using Tokbox, a free web-based service.

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