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Number of Adult Struggling Readers Reaching Crisis Levels

While education and immigration reform dominates the conversation, one fact goes virtually undiscussed: a significant portion of the American adult population struggles with literacy. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD, reported in a 2013 survey that around 36 million American adults have trouble reading. Of those, 24 million are currently in the workforce. That presents a significant challenge for an American education system that is already struggling to make traditional students competitive in the global economy, much less its adult learners who are already contributing. Functionally Literate Adults Want to Improve If Given the Opportunity But low…

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Free Webinar: Mixing EdTech in the Language-Learning Classroom

Education technology is moving at an incredible pace, including in the field of language learning. There are so many ideas to try that it can be hard to figure out how to integrate them with your traditional instruction. That’s why Rosetta Stone Education is committed to helping educators make the best use out of their technology options, starting with our free webinar “EdTech and Traditional Instruction: Mixing It Up in Today’s Language-Learning Classroom”. On Wednesday, October 14th at 4:00 PM Eastern, Rosetta Stone Language Education Expert, Boris Morew, and K-12 Education Marketing Lead, Tanya Mas, will be discussing how to…

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Disproving Immigration Myths

As the language surrounding immigration in the United States has recently become more vitriolic, it’s important to remember the facts around the issue—not just the talking points. The truth is that immigration is a boon for our economy and will play a critical role in its competitiveness in the 21st century. In a recent piece for the New York Times’ Room for Debate series, associate professor of educational leadership and policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio Anne-Marie Nunez orchestrated a fine rebuttal to common immigration myths. In Education Recent studies, like this one from Princeton University, are…

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Growing Your Business Requires a Language Strategy

This is a different world for business. Consumption in emerging markets is expected to top $30 trillion in ten years. Accordingly, 71% of business leaders plan to grow their companies in markets where English is not the primary language. That is an unprecedented effort. However, the American labor supply does not dovetail with those efforts. Only 1 in 10 Americans speak a second language and 70% of the Global 1000 workforce are non-native English speakers. Home or abroad, there isn’t enough talent to meet our global aspirations. This all fits with 90% of business line leaders reporting that their teams…

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EdTech and Traditional Instruction: Mixing It Up [Webinar]

Most educators agree that the use of technology in the classroom can have a positive effect on student learning if used correctly. The trick is figuring out how to best meld education technology with high-quality, in-person instruction. Technology integration can be a challenge, especially in the language-learning classroom. With budgets being what they are, language and ELL instructors had less technology tools with which to experiment. That’s why Rosetta Stone Education is embarking on a technology integration journey, starting with our free webinar “EdTech and Traditional Instruction: Mixing It Up in Today’s Language-Learning Classroom”. On Wednesday, October 14th at 4:00…

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Helping ELL Students Stay On Track

A recent study from the Regional Education Laboratory Northwest confirmed that English Language Learning students in six Oregon school districts were more likely to be suspended and expelled than their English-speaking counterparts. The Data In middle school, average days lost to suspension or expulsion start to diverge: 3.3 school days for native speakers to 3.5 days for ELL students. In high school, the disparity is even greater; 4.1 school days to 4.9. Most of these suspensions and expulsions stem from aggressive behavior and insubordination, according to the study. Not surprisingly, test scores and achievement metrics for ELL students in these…

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In Oregon, ELLs are Disciplined Disproportionately to English Speakers

In a new study from the Regional Education Laboratory Northwest , English Language Learning students in six districts in Oregon were suspended and expelled at higher rates than their native English-speaking peers. What might be most interesting is that, at least in Oregon, the proportion flips sometime during adolescence. The Data In elementary schools, native speakers on average lose more school days to suspension and expulsion than ELLs: 2.3 school days to 1.9 for ELLs. But in middle school, the rates flip: 3.3 school days for native speakers to 3.5 days for ELL students. In high school, the disparity is…

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Emoji are a Linguistic Evolution

For many people, emoji are childish folly. If they consider using them at all, it’s only with their family and closest friends. And it will probably only be the smiley face or the ones that convey simple feelings. But what if emoji are less about frivolity and more about efficiency? Steven Pinker, a cognitive scientist at Harvard and author of three books dealing in psychology and history, has come out as not only being a user of emoji—he’s willing to argue that they are the next step in the evolution of language. Emoji “happen to have not become entrenched yet,…

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The Finding Funding Checklist

Although government tax revenues, sales tax receipts, and property values are all rebounding from the recent recession, many states have still been slow to restore education spending to pre-downturn levels. Meanwhile, even though ELL students are entering America’s schools in record numbers and our students are being asked to compete in a multi-cultural global economy, there is no specified funding source for language learning at the federal or state level. So what is a school or district supposed to do? For many, the answer is entering the grant process. These grants come from either governmental sources (Race to the Top,…

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Learning a Foreign Language Can Positively Affect Decision-Making

Human psychology is full of biases. Some have to be accounted for by researchers while others, once understood, can explain why people think in certain ways. But in daily life, they tend to have a negative impact on a person’s decision-making process. New research from psychologists at the University of Chicago suggests that operating in a second, non-native language can eliminate two of the most prevalent psychological biases. How the Study Worked The first has to do with framing of options. In the study, participants were given a choice between two options that were basically the same, but numerically framed…

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