What is EOTO anyway?

The basic idea

Each One Teach One is a pair programme coordinated by the Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication (Movi). In the programme, students help each other learn their mother tongues or the languages of their education, and culture. Students are not expected to have had any pedagogical or language teacher training. Please note that you can take only one EOTO at the same time. EOTO teachers instruct students and meet them at least twice during the programme.


You meet with your partner regularly, usually once or twice a week. Each language should be studied for at least 20 hours face to face (20+20 hours). In addition, the programme includes reporting on each meeting on a personal blog on the EOTO website and completing homework exercises between meetings.

In EOTO, each student is responsible for their own learning and material. Even though your partner is helping you with language learning, don’t ask them to look for exercises or produce learning material! In EOTO you plan and study independently.

You receive 2 ECTS credits for the programme. The EOTO credits count towards the elective studies of the language that the student has been studying. You can participate in EOTO as many times as you want, but only two times per one language. Also, you cannot use EOTO to replace other Movi courses.

You can start the programme flexibly, but it should be completed within the same academic year. It’s good to notice that if you meet for example twice a week for 3 - 4 hours in total it will take you approximately three months to complete the programme. Thus, on EOTO web page we have a deadline for submitting the study plans, if you want to complete your EOTO during one semester.

The phases of the programme

EOTO has three phases: planning, active study and wrap-up. Together they form the EOTO path. The purpose of the EOTO path is to encourage and support your studies and give new ideas for language learning.

1. Planning phase

  • Find a study partner if you don’t have one yet. You can, for instance, leave your own advertisement or read other students’ ads. 
  • Get to know each other, and learn about the programme together.
  • Start a new blog and fill in your Study plan. You register in the EOTO programme by submitting the Study plan form. Make sure that you have submitted your study plan.
  • After receiving the forms from you and your study partner, your EOTO supervisor will comment your study plans and contact you.
  • After your study plans are accepted, you arrange an appointment for the first meeting, to plan together your EOTO path. In the meeting, your supervisor also instructs you about the blog writing and other issues related with carrying on EOTO.     
  • After the first meeting, you can start the programme and writing your blogs.
  • Also, after meeting a supervisor, register for the EOTO programme of the language in question in Sisu. 

After you have completed the planning phase and met your EOTO supervisor, move on to the active study phase.

2. Active study phase

  • Study regularly in systematic face-to-face sessions for at least 20 hours per language. The planning phase (= getting to know each other and planning) is counted as part of this, max. 1 hour per student.
  • Do the homework.
  • Update your blog regularly. Write about every meeting, homework assignment and the overall learning process.
  • Check the FAQ for detailed instructions on completing the programme.
  • Go to Ideas for learning for tips.
  • Halfway through your studying, post the “10 hour checkpoint” form.

After you have completed 20 hours of face-to-face meetings in both languages (20+20), move on to the wrap-up phase.

3. Wrap-up phase

  • Evaluate your learning during the programme based on your blog entries and post a Final report on your blog.
  • Arrange a final meeting with your EOTO teacher to discuss the learning outcome. NB! Make sure that you post your final report at least two working days before you final meeting, so that the teacher will have time to read your report beforehand.

You have now completed EOTO! Hopefully you have improved your language skills as well as enhanced your language learning skills.