Students of high motivation and demonstrable language-learning aptitude may apply for enrollment in independent study courses in languages not taught in the classroom at Davidson. This program does not satisfy the foreign language or cultural diversity requirement; normally students have had a previous foreign language.
In all areas of the program, Davidson adheres to the standards of the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs. Emphasis is placed on the spoken language, though reading skills are also developed.
Each offering is an intensive audio-lingual course utilizing self-instructional texts and tapes combined with three hours per week with a native speaker and a final examination by a specialist who is usually invited from another institution. The final grade for the semester is based on the outside examination. The pass/fail option is not applicable.
The chair of self-instructional languages programs must approve applications. Students must indicate their interest well in advance of enrollment. No late applications will be accepted once the semester has begun. The program requires the payment of an additional fee.