CTLR offers peer tutoring to support students currently enrolled in foreign language courses.

We currently have foreign language tutors available for remote tutoring. We will do our best to meet tutor requests. Tutoring for the spring semester will be available through Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions


Starting the second week of the semester, students who are interested in working with a language tutor can request a tutor using this form. We will put you in touch with a tutor via email, you can then arrange one or more tutoring sessions. If a student wishes to work with a particular tutor, that request may be accommodated, depending on the number of referrals that tutor has already received.


Foreign language tutors can help students with a variety of assignments and learning goals related to a language course that they are currently taking.

Language tutors do the following:

  • Explain concepts that students have difficulty understanding.
  • Use alternate methods and examples to explain content and help students understand
  • Help students identify patterns in their speaking and writing
  • Share successful study strategies based on experience and training.
  • Believe a student’s work should reflect his or her own ability-not that of the tutor.
  • Give positive reinforcement and help students become more confident in their own abilities.
  • Keep careful records of each student-tutor contact.
  • Respect privacy of the client as related to the tutoring session(s).
  • Help students become more independent as they go along

Language tutors do not do the following:

  • Do assignments for students
  • Simply “edit” a student’s work (vs. helping them to see areas of improvement)
  • Assist in take-home exams.
  • Grade assignments or discuss assigned grades.
  • Attempt to judge the acceptability of work from the instructor’s point of view.
  • Comment on an instructor’s grading policy, teaching style, or personality.
  • Discuss a client’s achievements or abilities with other students.

Students usually meet with tutors for a maximum of 1.5 hours each session.  Some students meet regularly with a tutor—once a week or every other week.

  • Set specific goals ahead of time: The more explicit you are about what you’d like to  work on with a tutor, the more that tutor can help you toward meeting those goals.  A goal could be to work on a particular assignment or project, to review and clarify grammar or other language points from class, to prepare for a test or presentation, etc.
  • Inform your tutor about your needs and experiences: If possible, communicate ahead of time with the tutor, so s/he can prepare for the session. You may even wish to send ahead a description of the assignment, and even a draft, if appropriate.
  • Be aware of what tutors can and can’t do: The goal of tutoring is to facilitate long-term learning and independence. This means, for example, that a tutor will not ‘line edit’ your work—i.e. correct all errors. Rather, the tutor will help you identify most important errors, and to learn the rules and patterns that will allow you to correct and prevent those errors on your own. 
  • Share with us about your experience: Near the end of the semester, you will be sent a link to an anonymous survey, where you can provide feedback about your tutoring experience.  At any point, though, you can share your thoughts with Diane DeBella, the language tutoring coordinator, at ddebella@middlebury.edu.

Students become language tutors via faculty referral, usually near the beginning of the semester. Students who wish to become tutors should fill out this form. You may contact the CTLR to find out whether there is any need for new tutors and to learn the name of the faculty liaison(s) for that particular department. Once students are selected as tutors, they are required to attend a paid paperwork/training meeting before they can begin working.

NOTE: We are currently recruiting new tutors for the fall 2020 semester. Contact Diane DeBella at ddebella@middlebury.edu for more information.

Share your experience with us!

Near the end of the semester you will be sent a link to an anonymous survey, where you can provide feedback about your tutoring experience.

At any point, though, you can share your thoughts with Diane DeBella at ddebella@middlebury.edu.


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