This eTandem Chinese-French course was designed and implemented by Claudia BERGER and Jue WANG-SZILAS. It involves second-year A2-B1Chinese major students from the Chinese Unity of the University of Geneva, Switzerland and Chinese Department of INALCO (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, joined the project in October 2012), France, and the second-year A2-B1 French major students from the French Department of Hubei University, China.
The exchange was initiated in 2009 with a pilot project and was launched on a bigger scale from 2010. As an exchange between two distant languages, the pedagogical scenario has been done very carefully and each step went on based on the analytical result of the previous. The course is now integrated in Chine Web II, the blended Chinese language programme of the Chinese unity of the University of Geneva (created by Claudia BERGER). The course is credited since 2011, while the " normalisation" is under procedure in Hubei University.
The objectives of the course are to provide the students an opportunity to practise their target language with native speakers so as to develop their communicative competences and intercultural competence as defined by The Common European Framework of Reference for Language: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR), as well as to develop students' learner autonomy through guided learning.