Documenting the Need for a Foreign Language Substitution
Demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language and an appreciation for another culture is a key component of the liberal arts education at Cornell College. Most students with disabilities can succeed at a foreign language, especially if they have the appropriate accommodations in place. We encourage students to get tutors in their language of choice, perhaps even working with the tutor before the block begins.
However, there are a few cases where one's disability makes it nearly impossible to learn a foreign language. In those cases, Cornell may consider substitutions of appropriate foreign culture classes instead of the language itself, as decided by the Academic Standing Committee. However, for this exception to be considered, the student must have adequate documentation as listed below:
1. Documentation on file pertaining to a primary disability.
2. Documentation of having taken the Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) and the resulting scores having been interpreted by the appropriate professional to indicate the inability to learn a foreign language. If you have not taken the MLAT you should show other testing that captures the inability to learn a new language due to auditory processing or memory or hearing impairment.
3. If a foreign language was attempted in high school and the student did substantially worse than in other academic courses, this record should also be included with the documentation.
The documentation will then be presented to the Coordinator of Academic Support and Advising and if approved, will be submitted as an Omnibus Petition Form to the Academic Standing Committee.