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Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Student Modern Language Center

Modern Language Center

Get free tutoring help or hang out with friends in our student Modern Language Center (MLC, JH 391). Located inside our department’s main office suite, the Center houses a vast foreign film and TV collection, as well as fun events—think sing-a-longs to Frozen in Chinese or acting out Star Wars in German.

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

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2018 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.

This year's entries are due SOON.

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.

Pictures should be emailed to: mlcphotocontest@butler.edu 

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 therefore only are allowed one entry. They 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.

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Language Help

Tutoring Bulletin Board Sign-upOffice Hours

Please visit our faculty members during their office hours.

Sometimes help is needed, and we have 30+ department faculty members to provide it.

You can ask any faculty member for help. (We understand that your schedule may not match up with your current instructor's hours.)

Tutoring

Sign up on the tutoring bulletin board next to the student worker desk.

We provide free, 20-minute tutoring sessions in every language, every week.

Appointments are first come, first served—but if spots remain empty, you're more than welcome to continue working with our tutors.

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Latin  
Spanish  

 

Homework Help

Chat with our student workers for simple homework help.

The workers are upper-level language students, as well as native speakers, who can help with general questions.

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1:00 PM
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Weekly Peer Résumé Critiques

Flyer for Weekly Peer Résumé Critiques from ICSThe MLC will begin hosting Butler's Internship and Career Services' (ICR) new program for personalized résumé critiques and career preparation services. The weekly sessions will focus on the humanities and social sciences:

  • Mondays, TBA
  • Tuesdays, TBA
  • Wednesdays, TBA
  • Thursdays, TBA

You can sign up for appointments:

Download the PDF flyer.

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Photo Contest Winners 2017

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 the 2017 winners on our department's Flickr page.

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

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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 student assistants are here for you.

Stop by anytime!

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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.

Schedule

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

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Video Library

Butler Libraries Video Search PageWe have a fantastic catalog of modern language DVDs to enjoy on the big screens. Languages include American Sign Language (ASL), Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.

Search our DVD catalog. Note: Be sure to select "Modern Language Center" in the drop down menu.

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

And, 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.

 

 

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: mlcphotocontest@butler.edu 

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 Learning Resource Center (LRC) 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 LRC.

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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Questions?

Contact our MLLC faculty members anytime.