1. If I want to learn a different language, could I apply even if I am a first year student?
In general, we recommend that students get acquainted with language study at Marlboro prior to applying for a less commonly taught language class. However, all applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Final acceptance is at the discretion of the Language Committee.
2. What happens if I miss the deadline?
Usually your application will be accepted, but may not be considered until the following semester. See a member of the Language Committee.
3. What happens if I want to study a language in the summer? Do I have any options?
Marlboro offers summer language grants, and there are plenty of other language opportunities available to you. See a member of the Language Committee for more information.
4. What if I just want to better my language skills during the summer?
In that case it might also be better to apply for a Summer Language Grant. However, you might end up on your own for this.
5. What happens if I have needed to study a language because it is pertinent to my Plan, but my level is not high; I can communicate verbally but cannot read or write long documents, could I write it in my Plan’s degree field?
Most likely not. Talk to your Plan Sponsor(s).
6. How are the less commonly taught languages graded?
The same scale as any other tutorial or language class at Marlboro (A-F). Participation, effort, homeworks (if applicable), and a self-evaluation at the end of the course are all considered when determining your grade.
7. What happens if I am enrolled in a tutorial but I have not attended classes with my tutor?
Barring extenuating circumstances, you will receive a Failing grade in the tutorial, and be ineligible for future less commonly taught language courses.
8. What happens if I fail in my tutorial?
The grade is recorded as normal. Barring extenuating circumstances, you will be ineligible for future less commonly taught language courses.
9. What happens if I don’t like my class?
If it is early enough in the semester (ie. before the Add/Drop date) you should be able to Drop the course. After the Add/Drop date, you may be able to Withdraw from the class. Depending on your case, you can get either a Withdraw Pass or Withdraw Fail. If you must withdraw, you will most likely be ineligible for future less commonly taught language classes.
10. Are there other opportunities for learning languages outside of self-directed study?
There are! The closest is the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro. See their website at http://www.sit.edu. Other opportunities may be available. See the director of international services for more information.