I am a graduate student and am on a committee that is working on a project during the summer and linked by e-mail. Am I breaking the Pledge if I write e-mail in English to complete this work.
Again, we ask that you keep the spirit of the Pledge in mind. If such work is necessary and will not conflict with your course work and your participation as a member of your School's community, then it is acceptable to uphold your professional commitments. If the work would take up a significant amount of your discretionary time and attention, it would be better for you to consider attending the Language Schools in a future summer, when you will not be bound by such prior commitments. You should take the Language Pledge only when you are ready and able to make a good-faith effort to abide by it.