When is the Language Pledge waived?
Students are not expected to speak in their language of study when they are faced with an emergency, when conversing with a member of the Middlebury College administration, when speaking with a health care professional, and on those occasions when it is absolutely necessary to use English or another language. Rules and practices regarding implementation of the Language Pledge vary slightly among the Schools. When in doubt, consult the director or coordinator of your School. Most important is adherence to the spirit of the Pledge and each student's sincere effort to use the target language as exclusively as possible during the session. Speaking English in the presence of other Language Schools students is a direct violation of the Pledge and must be avoided at all times.