II IMFLIT: International Meeting on Foreign Language Learning in Tandem
Transcultural  Language Learning: Toward Global Citizenship in (e)Tandem

“Using ICTs for transcultural and transcontinental collaboration"

‌‌‌‌March 22-24, 2018
University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida
United States of America

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Learning foreign languages in-tandem has been used by many students and professionals, since it was developed in Europe in the seventies and eighties. Foreign language learning in-tandem is based on principles of peer collaboration, autonomy, and reciprocity in which two speakers of different languages collaborate to learn the language of each other. 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. When these principles of collaboration and reciprocity are used in a virtual environment through the use of videoconferencing applications, this context is called teletandem.

The objective of this international meeting is to offer a context for researchers who are currently developing studies on teletandem learning to share their ideas and research progress with other colleagues, particularly (but not exclusively) those who are working with the developments of technology and foreign language learning in-tandem.


Teletandem provides many positive aspects to the language learning experience. However, it also presents us with new challenges regarding international collaborations, the intercultural dimensions of this learning context, the transformation from face-to-face interactions to those mediated by technology in virtual environments. Paper submissions are welcomed in the following areas (but not exclusively) of foreign language learning in tandem:

  1. Face-to-face foreign language learning in-tandem
  2. Technology in foreign language learning in-tandem
  3. Teletandem: future challenges
  4. Foreign language acquisition and  learning in-tandem
  5. The cultural dimension of learning in-tandem: Intercultural discourse and communication, social, gender, racial and identity issues
  6. Research methodologies in tandem learning
  7. International and inter-institutional collaborations to develop foreign language learning in-tandem
  8. The role of mediation and mediators in (e)tandem


Dr. João A. Telles, Founder of the Pioneering Telecollaboration Project “Teletandem Brazil”
Associate Professor of Foreign Language Teaching Practicum, Department of Education, UNESP- Universidade Estadual Paulista in Assis.
Professor at the Graduate Program of Language Studies, UNESP - São José do Rio Preto
Coordinator of Project Teletandem Brasil


The meeting will be organized purposively so that participating researchers and foreign language educators will have the opportunity to present their research and pedagogical experiences with tandem learning at length, allowing time for group discussions on the presented topics and research results. There will be ample opportunity for inter-institutional contact between researchers in order to discuss opportunities for international collaboration and research support.

Sessions will have one presenter, with multi-media resources. Presenters will have thirty minutes to present the research project or pedagogical experience with foreign language learning in-tandem. Afterwards there  will be time for group discussion. 


"Teletandem: Orientation and Guidelines for Telecollaboration Sessions and Mediation Meetings"
March 23, 2018 from 3:00-5:00PM

Hands-on workshop in the MLL Language Lab for educators who would like to explore this virtual approach to learning languages.


General Public $55
Graduate Students $35
University of Miami Faculty, Staff & Students Free

Conference Refund Policy: Refunds will be made ONLY if written notice of cancellation is received prior to March 2, 2018. After this date, NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED. Refunds will be processed after completion of the conference.

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Hotel Recommendations

All of these hotels are within 4 miles of the University of Miami and have easy access to the Miami-Dade County Metrorail.

Aloft Miami Dadeland
7600 N Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33156‌‌
T 305.595.6000 | Website

Courtyard Miami Dadeland
9075 South Dadeland Blvd
Miami, FL 33156‌‌
T 305.670.1220 | Website

Roadway Inn
5959 SW 71st Street
South Miami, FL 33143
T 305.670.1220 | Website


Organizing Committee

Coordination: Leila Dacosta
Program Coordinator: Maisa de Alcântara Zakir 
Events Coordinator: Monica Metcalf
Technical Support Coordination: Dr. Rachida Primov

Brazilian Organizing Committee from UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil

Anna-Katharina Elstermann, Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Universidade Estadual Paulista
Daniela N. de M. Garcia, Professor,Department of Modern Languages, Universidade Estadual Paulista
Karin Henschel Pobbe Ramos, Professor, Department of Education, Universidade Estadual Paulista
Kelly Cristiane Henschel Pobbe de Carvalho, Professor,Department of Modern Languages, Universidade Estadual Paulista
Ludmila Belotti Andreu Funo, Universidade Estadual Paulista
Micheli Gomes de Souza, Professor, Department of Education, Universidade Estadual Paulista
Paola Buvolini, PhD Candidate, Linguistic Studies, Universidade Estadual Paulista
Rozana Lopes Messias, Professor,Department of Education, Universidade Estadual Paulista

University of Miami Advisory Board

Steve Butterman, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Leila Dacosta, Senior Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Lillian Manzor, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Rachida Primov, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Modern Languages Laboratory
Events Coordinator: Monica Metcalf
Technical Coordinator: Benjamin Betancourt

International Advisory Board

Ana Cristina Biondo Salomão, UNESP, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brasil
Anelly Mendoza Diaz, UAM – Universidad Autónoma de Mexico
Annick Rivens Mompean, Université Charles-de-Gaulle, Lille III, France
Anton Brinckwirth, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Cira Rachel Wigham, Université de Lyon, France
Douglas Altamiro Consolo, UNESP – Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil
Elena Manca, Universitá del Salento, Italy
Elisabetta Bonvino, Universitá degli Studi di Roma, Italy
Frances Goodingham, University of Southampton, England
Francesca Bianchi, Universitá del Salento, Italy
Gerhard Hempel, Universitá del Salento, Italy
João Antonio Telles, UNESP – Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil
Karin Kleppin, Bochum Universität, Germany
Liliane Santos, Université Charles-de-Gaulle, Lille III, France
Livia Assunção Cecilio, Università di Bologna, Italy
Luis Gonçalves, Princeton University, USA
Maria Cristina Reckziegel Guedes Evangelista, UNESP, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brasil
Marco Cappelini, Aix-Marseille Université, France
Marta Guarda, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Megwen Loveless, Tulane University, USA
Michael J. Ferreira, Georgetown University, USA
Paola Leone, Università del Salento, Italy
Salvador Pippa, Universitá degli Study Roma III, Italy
Solange Aranha, UNESP – Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil
Suzi Marques Spatti Cavalari, PhD, Department of Modern Languages Unesp S. J. do Rio Pretol
Thomas Christiansen, Universitá del Salento, Italy
Thomas Johnnen, FH Zwickau, Germany
Viviane Gontijo, Harvard University, USA
Wiebke Augustin, Technische Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
Will Baker, University of Southampton, England