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States and Districts Face Decisions on the Subject of ELL Assessment

The risks in high-stakes testing can be even higher for English Language Learners (ELLs) than for their English-speaking counterparts. In most states and districts, an ELL’s performance on the state’s standardized test can determine where the student falls on the ELL scale and what kinds of classes they will take. A student who is moved into a regular class too early can struggle; too late and they can become frustrated because the work has become too easy. This school year is the calm before the storm. Next year, states that have backed one of the two next-generation assessment consortia, PARCC and…

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Mother’s Days Around the World

Celebrations honoring mothers happen worldwide. While their histories and traditions vary widely, their sentiments are similar: giving thanks to mothers and paying respect to the women who carry out this most important station in all of our lives. Mothering Sunday in Britain Although it’s often called Mother’s Day, Mothering Sunday has nothing to do with the American version of the holiday. In medieval times, it was the one day of the year that servants—namely daughters who had gone off to be domestic servants—were allowed to travel to their “mother church.” In modern times, Mothering Sunday still happens on the fourth…

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Is Going Abroad a Smart Mid-Career Decision?

There is no shortage of studies and scholarly articles supporting a college student’s decision to study abroad. From unique cultural experiences to the opportunity to fend for themselves in a foreign environment, the ways in which young adults can benefit from a semester or more living and learning in another country are frequently touted by the global community. Now consider that same situation in terms of employees. Do adults in the workforce, regardless of age, stand to gain from taking time away from their career, or at least their typical workplace, to spend time abroad? Holly Bull, president of the…

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What You Didn’t Know About Cinco de Mayo

Many Americans may not realize that Cinco de Mayo is more widely and enthusiastically celebrated in the United States than in Mexico. Cynics may say this is due to commercial hype around the holiday by tequila companies and tortilla-chip vendors, but celebrating the fifth day of May goes back to the time of the American Civil War. In 1862, French General Charles Latrille Laurencez, fortified by troops from Queen Isabella II of Spain and Queen Victoria of Great Britain, landed in Veracruz, Mexico, under orders of Napoleon III to invade Mexico and make it a French territory. Unwilling to succumb…

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Tailoring ESL Courses for Adult Learners

Language instructors used to working with younger students almost always find it necessary to adjust their teaching style, and even their lesson plans, to suit the unique needs of adult ESL learners. We’ve gathered some useful tips for developing effective ESL courses for adult learners. Please share your own advice in the comments below. Help them meet their goals: Most adult learners are less motivated by grades and more motivated by their plans for how they will use their language skills. To help participants get what they want out of class, involve class participants in sharing and setting their learning…

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Upcoming Free Webinar: Meeting the Adult ELL Challenge

The US Census pegs the number of non- or limited-English speakers in the country at 25 million. That number is expected to grow over the next few decades. Engaging this segment of our population can make a significant difference in our economy, our politics, and our society as a whole. Although Hispanics are the fastest-growing segment of the foreign foreign-born population, making up an estimated 24.4% of the US population by 2050, other nationalities also have a significant presence. For instance, the population of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States doubled from 1990 to 2004. Important to note…

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Top Tweets from Rosetta Stone Learners

Social media gives us a wonderful window into the world of our learners. People often share images of themselves actively learning their target language (which we love!), and they send us notes of accomplishments and funny moments that make them and us smile. Here are some of our recent favorites. Among our favorite stories that are shared with us are those from people who have accomplished wonderful things in their personal and professional lives. This tweet is particularly heartwarming because after a mere 12 months of studying Rosetta Stone® French, @VeryGiorgious was able to move to Réunion for work. Congratulations! This little man is working hard,…

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An Insider’s Story of our Kids App Development

There’s a story behind every product that we develop here at Rosetta Stone. Our Webby-nominated Rosetta Stone® Kids Lingo Letter Sounds is no exception. We asked our lead game designer Chrissie Denniston to share the story of how the Lingos came to life! Blog Post by Chrissie Denniston Learning a foreign language comes naturally to little kids. But memorizing a stack of flashcards isn’t a natural way of learning a foreign language—speaking is! Anyone who knows little kids knows that they love to talk and love to be heard. So when we set out to design Rosetta Stone’s first foray into the kids’ language-learning realm, we wanted to create fun…

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Rosetta Stone Sponsors 2014 National HR in Hospitality Conference

Rosetta Stone® Business is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the 8th Annual National HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo taking place today through Wednesday, April 28-30, at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The Rosetta Stone Business team looks forward to sharing best practices in multicultural customer service training with human resources leaders from the nation’s top hotel and restaurant chains. During the conference, get a sneak peek at Rosetta Stone Business’s new suite of language-learning solutions, which features a hospitality-specific language-learning curriculum for hotels and restaurants. This new solution allows hospitality organizations to improve customer…

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Online Training Helps Expand Workplace Learning

When it comes to generating positive acceptance and feedback for enterprise operations, it’s important that businesses are delivering the products and services its employees need in the formats that best facilitate ongoing work initiatives. With more companies expanding into the global realm, not all personnel are likely to work in the same office, city, state, or even country. In order to keep everyone on the same page and facilitate ongoing enterprise success, it’s important that online training program opportunities are extended to meet growing business environments. One of the leading ways to accomplish this feat is through the integration of…

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