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Come Visit Rosetta Stone at ACTFL 2015 in San Diego

Rosetta Stone Education is proud to again exhibit at the ACTFL 2015 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo. The convention runs from Friday, November 20th to Sunday, November 22nd in San Diego, California. Find Rosetta Stone Education at booth #1627 for connection opportunities, information about bringing personalized language learning into your classroom, and free prizes! With over 6,000 international attendees and over 250 exhibitors, the ACTFL convention is one of the largest gatherings of language learning professionals in the world. This year’s theme is “Inspire. Engage. Transform”, to reflect the broad impact that language educators can have on a student’s life.…

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Looking Ahead to 2025: The Skills Employees Will Need

Recently, leadership and development scion John Boudreau wrote in Talent Management about a 2013 study that asked 30 HR leaders where they thought the field was going to look like in 2025. Not surprisingly, many of their predictions had to do with what they believed would be the effects of advancing technology on the workforce. What skills would employees need in order to be successful in this future world? Flexible and transient workforces Technology moves fast now, and will probably move faster in 10 years. That requires a workforce that can quickly take on new skills, redistribute itself as technology…

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Teacher Key Takeaways from iNACOL 2015

I just returned from my first ever iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. It was an eye-opening experience! From the opening key-note to the final sessions, the themes of blending on-line instruction with classroom instruction, competency-based learning, online and personalized learning came through loud and clear. President Susan Patrick reminded us (in her opening remarks) that education can occur anytime, anyplace. Students live in an online world, and it’s our job as educators to tap into that world in our classrooms. Coming from a World Language vantage point, it was amazing to me to discover how we are all saying…

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Why Technology in the Language Classroom?

Just as in the other subject areas, technology can make a transformative impact in the language classroom. In fact, considering the straining of language learning resources in many districts and the ever-increasing number of students in need of those services, technology can serve as a critical way forward. Here are some ways that technology not only facilitates learning in the language classroom, but also improves it. Delivers individualized learning Class sizes in language classrooms are swelling. In world languages, students are increasingly seeing the need for language skills in order to compete in the 21st century economy. Of course, America’s…

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Webinar: How Workday’s Language Training Leads to Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is one of the primary challenges facing business organizations. Workers desire a workplace that treats them very differently from a generation ago. Today’s workforce wants to grow professionally in their organization. Employees see the international needs in the global economy and want the language skills needed to compete. More than 50 percent of employees desire language and cultural training as part of their employee development program. Workday, a global leader in human resources, found out how to make that strategy work for them and they are sharing it in a new webinar, “Speaking Up: How Workday Employs Language…

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Blended Learning Makes a Difference In Developing Business Leaders

Although it’s more important than ever to develop world-class employees and keep your company’s leadership bench stocked, other responsibilities limit the time available to such pursuits. The average American worker, salaried or hourly, works almost 50 hours per week, which doesn’t leave much time to traditional, in-person training. That’s where blended learning comes in. A mixture of online and in-person training solves a lot of issues that are currently plaguing workplace development. Accommodating the most compact schedules A lot of growth has been seen in the on-demand training space. It makes sense; workers who are too busy to attend in-person…

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Demand is Growing for Bilingual College Grads

The fact that bilingual college graduates are in demand is not a surprise. What might be news is just how much employers covet them. A recent report released by the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies polled employers throughout the northern Illinois area specifically for their opinions on language learning in college. Within five years, half of the employers surveyed are planning to hire more bilingual or multilingual college graduates. Also within five years, 41 percent of businesses believed that the ability to speak more than one language would become an important criterion for employment. That number jumps to…

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Making a Splash at the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

When blended and online learning is the focus, as it is at iNACOL’s 2015 Blended and Online Learning Symposium, you can expect Rosetta Stone Education to be part of the action. This year’s symposium will be held November 8-11 at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. 3,000 educators and leaders will be learning and sharing in more than 200 different sessions. At booth #309 of the Exhibit Hall, we will also be contributing to the conversation. In particular, we will be bringing our message of making language learning accessible to as many students as possible through the Rosetta Stone…

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Creating a Language Immersion Environment in the Classroom

According to a 2011 survey by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), there are close to 500 schools in 38 US states that offer total, partial or two-way immersion programs in 22 different languages. Language immersion is a method of teaching in which the learners’ target language is the vehicle for general classroom instruction; students spend at least 50 percent of their time learning subjects such as math, science, and social studies in their target language. Immersion has proven to be an effective way to develop fluency and skills. Students in these programs often outperform students in traditional foreign language…

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Blended Learning in Groups May Be More Effective

A common mistake among learning and development managers is believing that an investment in blended learning is a “set it and forget it” proposition. As long as employees are using the system correctly, they should be meeting their goals… right? Companies are finding that if they build their blended learning solutions around groups, or even pairs, of employees, that learners are more apt to retain the information. This is thought to be because working with other people as well as online helps learners apply the information to their day-to-day jobs. A recent article in Chief Learning Officer identified three different blended…

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