Modern Language Center

September 1, 2021 update:  We are currently reviewing tutor applicants and availability, and will have language tutor tables open in the very near future.

The MLC is open Monday–Friday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.

During a typical semester…

Get tutoring help or hang out with friends in our Modern Language Center (MLC, Jordan Hall 391). Located inside our department’s main office suite, the Center hosts several events for our language students, but also open to everyone.  Tutoring tables  will have open hours for students to come and go and get assistance with their coursework in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.

Take advantage of our many viewing areas, including a big screen TV with comfy couches. Hop on PCs and Macs hooked up to a high-speed printer. Borrow one of our many dictionaries and grammar guides.

Movie Nights

Faculty schedule evening viewings on the MLC big screen, where you can enjoy dinner, popcorn, and snacks.

Can’t make it? Visit us any time we’re open and watch by yourself or with friends.

We have a fantastic collection of movies and TV shows to enjoy in the Irwin Library. Languages include American Sign Language (ASL), Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Russian.

You can visit the WorldCat website.

With a free Indianapolis Public Library card, you can download and stream thousands of movies, TV shows, and music videos via Hoopla DigitalOverDrive eVideo, and Freegal.

Each year, Butler students also frequent the Heartland International Film Festival, held right here in Indianapolis.

Please visit our faculty members during their office hours or set up an appointment with them via email.

We have 20+ department faculty members available to assist you in all your language needs.

Your selection as a tutor is indicative of the confidence that faculty members and the staff of the student Modern Language Center have in your ability to support the University’s effort to provide academic support to all Butler undergraduate students. Tutoring is one of the most effective interventions for students who are struggling with grasping and understanding difficult concepts presented in class. In addition to the satisfaction that comes from supporting others as they work to achieve their academic goals, you will learn a great deal as you review material and help tutees learn how to be successful.

Students are paid on a bi-weekly basis, every other Friday. Students submit time worked online through my.butler. When receiving payment, students have two options: they can pick up a check at Student Accounts (Jordan Hall 102) or they can receive direct deposit payments. Direct deposit is recommended for student employees, as it is much easier for both the University and the student. In order to do this, students must submit a voided check and direct deposit form, found on the Human Resources webpage.

It is the expectation of the student Modern Language Center that tutors maintain a solid GPA and follow through on their responsibilities as a tutor. If a tutor is unable to balance their academic load and tutoring responsibilities, the MLC will work with the tutor to ensure that priority is given to the tutor’s individual academics.

Below are the rights and responsibilities of the tutor and the tutee. Each party is responsible for adhering to his or her responsibilities. If a tutor or a tutee does not adhere to these, the Center for Academic Success and Exploration reserves the right to halt tutoring. If at any time a tutor or tutee feels that his or her rights are not being recognized, he or she should report the incident to a staff member of the Center for Academic Success and Exploration.

Tutor Rights and Responsibilities:

  • Be prepared for every tutoring session
  • Arrive to each tutoring session on time
  • Maintain confidentiality of ALL tutoring services
  • Act in a professional manner
  • Give at least a 24-hour notice to the tutee if a session must be canceled or rescheduled
  • Respond to all emails within a reasonable amount of time
  • Complete tutee Progress Reports after each tutoring session
  • Adhere to the qualifications of becoming a peer tutor throughout the semester
  • Provide a professional and safe tutoring environment
  • Relay any questions or concerns about the tutoring program to the MLLC department chair
  • Ability to request to stop tutoring a tutee if at any point the tutor feels uncomfortable or the tutee does not adhere to the Tutee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Have access to additional tutor training and development resources

Tutee Rights and Responsibilities:

  • Be prepared for every tutoring session
  • Arrive to each tutoring session on time
  • Give at least a 24-hour notice to the tutor if a session must be canceled or rescheduled
  • Respond to all emails within a reasonable amount of time
  • Complete a Tutor Evaluation form at the conclusion of tutoring
  • Attend study tables on a regular basis
  • Meet with professor to discuss difficult content from class
  • Relay any questions or concerns about the tutoring program to the MLLC department chair
  • Have a safe and comfortable tutoring environment
  • Ability to request a different tutor if assigned tutor is not tutoring in a manner that is best suitable for understanding the material
  • Have access to additional tutoring resources