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Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Modern Language Center

Modern Language Center

Get free language 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 houses a vast foreign media collection, as well as fun events—think karaoke to Frozen in Chinese or acting out Star Wars in German, in addition to lectures, tastings, and public viewings.

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. Enjoy our always-stocked station of free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water.

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Film and TV Library

Butler Libraries Video Search PageWe have a fantastic catalog of movies and TV shows to enjoy in the MLC. Languages include American Sign Language (ASL), Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Russian.

To search our video library, use the search box below this webpage's navigation menu. Or, you can visit the WorldCat websiteFor the latter, be sure to select "Modern Language Center" in the drop down menu.

To browse our video library by language, please follow the instructions in this How To guide.

Nearly 1,300 international movies can be projected in the MLC via our partnership with Kanopy Streaming.

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

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

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Language Help

Tutoring Tables

Come study with our tutors—all upper-level students and/or native speakers—during the times below. No appointment is necessary.

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri



French     1:00-2:00 5:00-6:00    
German     12:15-1:00; 6:00-7:00      


Help at MLC Peer Mentor's Desk

Chat with our Peer Mentors for homework help during the times below. Our mentors are all upper-level language students and/or native speakers. Why wonder if you are doing your homework correctly when help is here?

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sun
9:00–10:00 AM Chinese French Chinese German Chinese --
10:00–11:00 AM Chinese French Chinese German/Spanish French --
11:00 AM–noon German Spanish French Spanish German --
Noon–1:00 PM German


French French Spanish/German --
1:00–2:00 PM Chinese French/German Chinese French/Chinese Spanish/German Spanish
2:00–3:00 PM Chinese


Spanish Chinese -- Spanish
3:00–4:00 PM German Spanish/German Spanish Chinese -- Spanish/German
4:00–5:00 PM French Spanish/German/Chinese French/Chinese German -- Spanish/German
5:00–6:00 PM Spanish German French/Spanish German -- --
6:00–7:00 PM Spanish/GermanFrench Chinese/German German Spanish/German -- --
7:00–8:00 PM French Chinese German Spanish/German -- --
Faculty Office Hours

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

We have 30+ department faculty members to help. You can seek aide from everyone.

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ePortfolio Help

Bulldog Trip's ePortfolioNeed help with your Modern Languages ePortfolio?

Whether it’s knowing what to upload or how to do it, our MLC Peer Mentors are here for you.

Stop by anytime!

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Peer Career Advisors

Butler's Career and Professional Success (CaPS) has a staff of Peer Career Advisors (PCAs), students who can help you with the following:

  • Review resumes and cover letters
  • Assist with job and internship searches
  • Provide LinkedIn critiques
  • Share interview preparation tips
  • Demonstrate how to use Handshake
  • Supply information on ICS programs, services, and career resources

PCAs can be found in the new Lacy Building Rm 102 in the Career Studio, Monday-Thursday from 4:00–6:00 PM.

No appointment is necessary.


Further Reading

Please check out Career and Professional Success' Guide to Professional Success.

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Photo Contest Winners

Thumbnails for MLC Photo Contest WinnersEach year, we and Butler’s study abroad office—the Center for Global Education (CGE)—host a photo contest showcasing the Butler community's international experiences.

Check out recent winners on our department's Flickr page.

Application information can be found toward the bottom of this webpage.

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Movie Nights

Posters for Upcoming FilmsFaculty 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.


Please check the bulletin board inside the MLC for the most up-to-date offerings.

Annual Photo Contest

Each year, Butler’s study abroad office the Center for Global Education (CGE) and the MLC host a photo contest showcasing Butler community international experiences. We encourage all faculty, staff, and students to submit photos that highlight global understanding and community.

Modern Languages Flickr AccountLook for upcoming winners and entries on our department’s Flickr account.

Winning entries get framed and displayed in the MLC, and small gifts are awarded to the photos’ owners.

Each year’s entries are typically due by April. Be sure to swing by CGE, email our faculty director, or call our student worker desk to find out the specific due date.

Once the contest opens, pictures can be submitted to: 

Contest Categories
  • Landscape
  • Architecture
  • Cityscape
  • "Tell You Story"
  • Butler Spirit
  • Faculty and Staff

Be Sure to:

  • Include a description of the photo in the body of the email.
  • Entries for the "Tell Your Story" category must include a narrative of what the photo depicts.
  • Name the photo file in this manner: your last name and photo location, with hyphens instead of spaces (e.g., Rodriguez-Madrid-Spain.jpg).
Official Rules
  • No more than one entry per category.
  • No more than two entries overall per person.
  • Entries must be attached as a .jpg or .png file to the email.
  • The photo must be your intellectual property (no submitting photos taken by someone else or whose copyright you no longer own).
  • Previous winning pictures may not be resubmitted.
  • Faculty and staff can only enter the "Faculty and Staff" category, and are not eligible for the grand prize.

By submitting pictures for the contest, you grant Butler University permission to use your pictures for display, marketing, and other purposes.

Interested in Becoming a Tutor?

Becoming a Tutor

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.

Employment Info

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.

Rights and Responsibilities 

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 a staff member of the MLC
  • 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 a staff member of the MLC
  • 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

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Learn a Language With Us. Take On the World.

Modern Languages Flickr AccountStudy at Butler and you'll broaden your global perspectives, traveling abroad for immersive language and cultural studies, and engaging with active polylingual and multicultural communities here in Indianapolis.

Check out pictures documenting students' adventures in our department’s Flickr account.

Have pictures of your own?

Each year the student MLC collects submissions for a photo contest, for which winning entries get framed and displayed in the Center, and small gifts are awarded to the photos’ owners.

Each year’s entries are typically due by April. More information can be found in the "Annual Photo Contest" section above.

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Liberal Arts Core Values

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mission StatementWe are proud to be part of Butler's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), working every day to infuse your education with the best the Humanities have to offer.

The College's faculty have put into writing how we intend to do so.

Read our LAS Core Values in English.

Read our LAS Core Values in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish.

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Contact our MLLC faculty members anytime.