How to Create an Engaging Language Learning Program

By Jessica Ahl, World Language Lab at Gateway Academy in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rosetta Stone, Education, K-12, Language Learning, User Conference, NashvilleJoin 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 of students. We have nearly 90 students in grades K-12 learning 13 different languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese, Greek, and Mandarin.

Working with an autistic population, it’s important to help students build connections with the outside world and understand how concepts they learn in the classroom correlate to the outside world. But we also want to keep them engaged and having fun. We are not content to just supervise students interacting with a computer. We have designed projects, activities, and fieldtrips to enrich their language learning experiences. I also use the supplemental tools and materials Rosetta Stone provides to help better assess and facilitate the language learning process for our students.

Let’s discuss how you can create a meaningful and enriching language learning program in your own school or district. I’ll tell you about successful fieldtrips and class projects I have planned to enhance language learning, such as:

  • Scavenger hunts at multi-ethnic grocery stores
  • Visits to the Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Tours of the Irish Cultural Center
  • Excursions to IKEA to translate the Swedish on signs and labels
  • Producing commercials in foreign languages
  • Designing websites that showcase the country of origin of the languages being learned
  • Implementing a multi-cultural festival

Not currently using our Rosetta Stone® Foundations program in your schools, but interested in learning how we can support your language program? Administrators and teachers are invited to register for Day One sessions offered on Nov. 15th that will also include our welcome reception in the evening. Mingle with K-12 users, hear from interesting speakers, and meet Rosetta Stone staff focused on language success.

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About Jessica Ahl

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Jessica Ahl teaches and facilitates the World Language Lab at Gateway Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. Gateway Academy is a small, private school for students on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. Jessica will share how she implemented the Rosetta Stone program in her classes using creativity and enthusiasm to build a successful World Language Lab program for the school’s unique population of students.

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