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Global Citizen Year Series: Gap Year Abroad Sparks Love of Learning

By Kevin Pham – After going through the motions of finishing high school and applying to college, I felt as if something was missing from my formal education. I questioned the worth of higher learning, afraid that college would bear a striking resemblance to the last four years of tedious memorization and extracurricular overload. While searching for alternatives to college, I stumbled upon Global Citizen Year. This year reinvigorated my love for learning. It allowed me to explore my interests outside of the classroom, to wrap my tongue around a new language, and to develop a global perspective before stepping…

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Global Citizen Year Series: My Language Experience Thus Far

By Regina Markert – One of my personal heroes is Heinrich Schliemann. If you don’t know who he is, he was a man who mastered over 20 languages in his life. How does one begin to do that? There’s a story of Schliemann traveling to Sweden and speaking to the natives with ease when he got off the boat—even though he had never studied or heard the language before his journey. After hearing about Schliemann, I decided that mastering languages was by far the coolest superpower there is. I’d rather be able to speak Japanese than to fly, or be…

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Global Citizen Year Series: A Heart for Brazil

By Paulina Jedrzejowski – Every time I open my laptop to conduct a Global Citizen Year interview, my mind travels back to the place I called home for eight months of my life. I often wonder how those eight months continue to influence my interests. My last week in Brazil was one of the most difficult weeks in my life. Suddenly, when everything had fallen into place, it was time to leave. One night, I came back to my host parents’ house after spending time with a friend. I started crying because I knew such friendships would not be the…

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Global Citizen Year Series: Trial by Fire

By Sunghoon Kwak – 12:33 I entered the classroom with my mentor and pulled out my notebook. It was the first day of my apprenticeship. Observation day. My Teach for India (TFI) teacher sat me in the back of the classroom and told me to take it easy. Okay, sweet. I can do that. 12:47 The lesson had progressed smoothly. While my mentor scrawled problem sets involving the simultaneous equations on the board, I hushed a pair of boys who took the time to chat about WWE. Not bad, I thought. The entirety of the eighth-grade class seemed to be paying…

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Global Citizen Year Series: The Beauty of Language

By Jocari Peralta – I remember being a kid, seeing my mother force her tongue to make love to a language dressed in a suit and tie. The tie always appeared to be on too tight around her neck. I remember hearing her attempt to say the word “library” for the first time. A simple word, and yet her mouth could not produce an authentic American accent when she would say the word. I’d laugh at how she’d roll the “R.” We’d both look at each other, and without any words agree to switch back to Spanish because library was…

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Global Citizen Year Series: Eu Entendi!

By Sophie Winter – Wait! Did I just understand an entire conversation in Portuguese? The typical mushy words that created mundane background noise to me suddenly flourished with meaning and purpose. I’m elated, I’m exhausted, I’m aching for more. Because just as I had suddenly understood, I was just as suddenly lost again. This up-and-down has become my normal life as I adjust to being fully immersed in Garopaba, Brazil. My everyday life lives and breathes Português and Brazilian culture. The billboards, the conversations, the papers that were once in English were all mixed and jumbled into a foreign tongue.…

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Global Citizen Year Series: High School Graduates Take a Global Gap Year

By Abigail Falik, Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year – Welcome to the first in our series of blog posts about Global Citizen Year (GCY), an organization dedicated to making a global gap year accessible for students of all backgrounds. Abby Falik, GCY Founder and CEO, envisions a new norm for students in transition from high school to college. She talked with Tanya Mas from Rosetta Stone about the purpose and benefits of the program. Abby, can you give us some background on your role as executive director? Global Citizen Year is an idea that has been cooking for me…

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How Can Data Improve Language Learning?

By Melanie Rogers, Training Team Lead at Rosetta Stone Some people love to perform in front of a class, and some people love to crunch numbers behind the scenes. We all know that today it is important not only to provide engaging lessons to our students, but also to review available data to make sure our efforts are effective. At the upcoming Rosetta Stone K-12 User Conference in Nashville on November 15-16, I will demonstrate how Rosetta Stone® language-learning programs can help you track key data about your students’ progress, their success, and the time they are devoting to the software.…

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Customized Language Learning Strategies, Best Practices, and More

By Tracie Evans and Melanie Rogers of Rosetta Stone We are passionate about creating environments to help students achieve language learning, and we hope that is evident to everyone who works with us in our roles as client manager and training team lead at Rosetta Stone. Every school is unique, and we work to ensure that every implementation meets those specific needs. We invite you to join us for Day One of the Rosetta Stone K-12 User Conference designed specifically for those not currently using a Rosetta Stone® program. During our presentation, we will recommend the best way to launch…

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How to Create an Engaging Language Learning Program

By Jessica Ahl, World Language Lab at Gateway Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. Join me for Day One of the Rosetta Stone User Conference! I’m excited to share with you my journey of implementing the Rosetta Stone® Foundations program at Gateway Academy in Phoenix, Arizona, where I teach and facilitate the World Language Lab. Gateway Academy is a small, private school for students on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. Since implementing the Rosetta Stone program at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, we have used creativity and enthusiasm to build the World Language Lab for our unique population…

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