When you start a break-the-ice conversation, you aim at getting as much general information as possibleabout the personyou speak to. You ask a lot of questions and you receive answers. You can record all this. It s pair work in one of the languages learned by one of the 2 students. The other student is using his mother tongue and can give grammatical and lexical feedback.
Then, there can be a second stage. It s very easy for you, if youwant,to write a text about what you have learned: the life and likes of your tandem partner. You can write a biographical sketch. when ready you send your partner the biography you will have written. That can be looked upon asyour gift for taking part in the initial conversation.