Frequently Asked Questions

by Juergen Wolff, 2/2009

1. Kinds of the membership
2. Methodical questions
3. Statutes and co-operation
4. The teachers
5. Financial questions
6. Marketing
7. Miscellaneous


1. Kinds of membership

1.1 What is the difference between members and licensees?

1.2 What does the Licence make easier?

1.3 What is the difference between a Licence and Membership in “Tandem International”?

1.4 Can language schools become members of Tandem Fundazioa ?

1.5 What is the situation if someone only wants to sell courses, and nothing else, for Tandem schools?

1.6 Can individuals become members ?

2. Methodical questions

2.1 What exactly is the Tandem method?

2.2 Must Tandem methodology be applied throughout the entire educational programme of an institution?

2.3 Must the institution offer courses in its own language ?

2.4 What must be done if only one language is represented at the institution ?

2.5 What material is available?

2.6 How many working hours are needed for a tandem project?

2.7 Does Tandem® offer 'credits' or certificates?

2.8 Why must a receipt be issued for an intermediation fee?

2.9 Is participation in the introductory course obligatory?

2.10 Do institutions have to pay for the introductory course, and, if so, how much?

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3. Statutes and co-operation

3.1 What rights does a Tandem Fundazioa member have?

3.2 What obligations does a Tandem Fundazioa member have?

3.3 What rights does a Tandem Fundazioa (TF) licence-holder have?

3.4 What obligations does a TF licence-holder have?

3.5 What rights does a member of ‘Tandem International' have?

3.6 What obligations does a member of ‘Tandem International’ have ?

3.7 What kinds of institutions can become members?

3.8 Can private schools become members?

3.9 Which nationalities must be in the team?

3.10 Can a recently-created school open immediately under the name 'TANDEM®'?

3.11 What is the relationship between the individual institution and the “centre”.?

3.12 What is the relationship between the individual countries and the overall organisation?

3.13 What happens if there is already a TANDEM® in a region/city?

3.14 Is participation in the plenary assembly obligatory?

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4. The teachers

4.1 What qualifications are necessary?

4.2 How do labour laws affect teachers involved in TANDEM ?

4.3 How are the teachers paid ?

4.4 How does the teacher exchange work?


5. Financial questions

5.1 How much do courses with TANDEM schools cost?

5.2 What other costs are involved?

5.3 What is the member or licence fee ?

5.4 What is the discount for recently-created schools and "Third World" schools?

5.5 How much is the admission fee, annual and other costs for members or licence-holders?

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6. Marketing

6.1 Who is responsible for marketing ?

6.2 Is it possible to 'survive' with only students sent by TANDEM® ?

6.3 May a school look for students locally and abroad?

6.4 Are there market statistics for Tandem®?

6.5 How many students per year does TANDEM® guarantee?

6.6 When starting out, is there marketing information available that is common to all institutions?

6.7 Do all members and licence-holders use the same logo?

6.8 Is participation in the common prospectuses obligatory?

6.9 How are publicity costs managed?

6.10 Who organizes sales abroad for individual TANDEM schools?

6.11 How does one go about publicity in one’s one town for TANDEM schools abroad?

6.12 How is the InterNet used?

6.13 Must all other schools be mentioned on one’s own homepage?

6.14 Is there a link exchange among the TANDEM schools?

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7. Miscellaneous

7.1 Can TANDEM® provide references in order to facilitate direct information?

7.2 Who signs the membership/licence request?

7.3 If someone wants to work in a Tandem institution, whom should they contact ?

7.4 Can Tandem institutions organise exchange programmes for other organisations?

7.5 Do Tandem institutions organise pen-pals?

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Tandem catalogue of materials