Tell me a little about the tutorials.
The Language Maintenance Tutorial program is meant for students who have some knowledge in a given language, and who would like to improve their knowledge in a not-for-credit, private tutorial setting. Throughout the course of the semester, you will meet with your tutor for 10 sessions of 90 minutes once a week, at an hour and location agreed upon by you and your tutor. There is no set content for the tutorials; every tutor is responsible for adapting their lesson plans to each student’s needs. The primary focus of most tutorials is spoken communication, but this is something you should discuss with your tutor.
Again, it is up to you and your tutor to decide where and when you want to meet. As long you reach ten sessions, it doesn’t matter when or where. However, weekly meetings are by far the norm. Most partners choose places on or near campus—any quiet and convenient location will do.
Now I know I’m interested. Can anyone take a tutorial?
We cannot teach you a language from scratch—that’s what language courses are for! You must have had at least two years of college-level language coursework to be eligible for a tutorial.
We happily offer tutorials to Columbia and non-Columbia students alike. However, non-Columbians will have to pay a bit more. Here’s a look at our pricing.
|Columbia Students||$30.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee||$650.00 Tutorial Fee|
|Non-Columbia Students||$30.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee||$900.00 Tutorial Fee|
And if you’re a Columbia student, there are even subsidies and grants available. To learn more about these offers, take a look at the Subsidies and Grants section below.
Depending on your curricular course of study, you might be eligible for a grant or subsidy. Here’s what we offer.
Middle East Institute (MEI) Subsidy
This subsidy is available to any student of Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, or Farsi.
How do I apply?
Very simple. Just say so in the comments section of your application. These subsidies are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, at a limited number.
South Asian Institute (SAI) Subsidy
This subsidy is available to any qualifying student of a language spoken in South Asia, including (but not limited to) Hindi/Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Nepali, Sinhalese, Assamese, and Burmese.
How do I apply?
I’ve made up my mind: I’d like to take a tutorial. How do I register? What is the process like?
Wonderful! The process is easy. All you have to do is stop by the Language Resource Center (directions to the offices), complete the application, and pay a non-refundable application fee of $30.
Once you’re officially registered, the LMT coordinator will be notified, and begin looking for your tutor. Be aware that when you submit your application, you are not necessarily ensured a tutor. Because of the ever-shifting availability of tutors, we cannot guarantee every language, every semester.
When we do locate you a tutor, you will receive notification by email, and be asked to return to the LRC to pay the remaining balance of your tutorial. In the case of Columbia students, this is $650, unless you have been awarded a grant or subsidy. (For non-Columbia students, again, the price is $900.)
Once all fees have been paid, you’re ready to begin. You will receive an email from the coordinator shortly, in which you will find your tutor’s contact information. It is your responsibility to contact your tutor, as well as establish a time and place that suits both you.
And that’s that. But just to make it simpler, here’s how the process breaks down:
- Fill out the application in person at the LRC. We are located here. Pay the non-refundable $30 application fee.
- Wait for the LMT coordinator’s email informing you that we have found you a tutor.
- Come back to the LRC to pay the tutorial fee. $650 for Columbians, $900 for non-Columbians.
- Wait for the LMT coordinator’s email containing your tutor’s contact information.
Students who wish to apply for a grant or subsidy should review the Subsidies and Grants section of this page for information regarding when and how to apply for them.