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									Five College Center for the Study of World Languages - Mentored Language Program Application
Course information and application instructions online at:

Please answer the following questions and paste your answers in an e-mail addressed to Put the name of the language and the word “Application” in the subject line (such
as “Swahili Application”).

For questions about courses or the application process, please e-mail or call the
office at 413-545-3453. Advising appointments are available at the Five College Center for the Study of
World Languages office at 102 Bartlett Hall on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus and at
selected times on the other four campuses. E-mail to schedule a time.

NOTE: Applications are accepted from undergraduates from Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and
Smith Colleges, and from undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Other
applications will be ignored.


E-Mail Address:

Mentored Language Course for which you are applying:

Major or concentration:
Minor and/or certificate programs:
Name and department of academic advisor:
Expected graduation year:
Grade point average (or division status for Hampshire students):

1. What language(s) do you speak at home? Do you read and write in the language(s)? In what
language(s) and countries did you receive your formal education? At what ages or grade levels did you
attend school in each language? Have you participated in a study abroad or student exchange program?

2. What language courses have you taken (secondary school and college/university)? Give the name and
course number or level, school, instructor's name for college or university courses, and the grade you
received. If your college has a language requirement, how are you meeting that requirement?
3. What experience have you had with the language you want to study and/or experience with residence in
a country/community where the language is spoken? What courses have you taken related to areas in
which the language is spoken?

4. Why do you want to learn this language? Discuss how you decided upon this particular language and
what level of proficiency you are seeking. How does proficiency in this language fit in with your
academic and vocational goals?

5. Do you have time to study this language in the upcoming semester? As with all language courses,
courses in the Mentored Language Program require a significant time commitment during the semester.
Progress in language learning comes only from consistent practice and it takes many hours to develop
proficiency. Language study needs to be approached with the same regularity and time commitment as
required in athletic training, mastery of a musical instrument, or performance rehearsals for dance and
theater. For regular courses (half-courses), students should expect to study at least one hour per day or 7-8
hours per week. For full-courses, students should expect to study at least 2 hours per day or 14-15 hours
per week.
         Please discuss how you will integrate your language study with the rest of your schedule for the
semester. How many other courses will you be taking? What extra-curricular and work obligations will
you have? What will be your strategy for fitting regular language study into the rest of your life? Where
does language study fall in your priorities for the semester? (Be realistic in your expectations for yourself.
For example, if you are a pre-med major and have a major science lab, the science lab will likely demand
priority. You also cannot work 24 hours a day. Take into account that you need sleep and relaxation time
in order to function well in all your courses. Our concern is that you are planning a well-balanced
semester for yourself. )

6. What questions or concerns do you have about how the program will work for you?

REMINDER: The application process for the Mentored Language Program also requires that you
complete the Online Orientation Tutorial and submit the response at the end. Your application will not be
considered until you have completed the orientation. There is a link to the tutorial on the "How to
Register" webpage.

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