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¿Debo Preocuparme Por Mi Acento?

Written by Miranda González Una de mis mejores amigas vino de México a los Estados Unidos cuando ya era adulta. Aprendió inglés con relativa rapidez, completó una maestría en una universidad estadounidense y ahora tiene una carrera exitosa en la que habla inglés todos los días. Sin embargo, todavía tiene un acento, es decir, no tiene el típico acento norteamericano. Lo que más le desespera es que cuando conoce a alguien por primera vez, inevitablemente le preguntan, “¿De dónde es usted?” Y casi siempre, después de conocer a alguien nuevo, ella dice de una manera un poco triste: “Con mi…

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Rosetta Stone Solutions Highlighted as Models in Digital Learning

Recently, Rosetta Stone® products and efforts for higher education were featured in the Center for Digital Education’s comprehensive new special report, The Curriculum of the Future. Rosetta Stone was highlighted in the “Solution Spotlight” section. The Curriculum of the Future provides education leaders with the latest research and trends surrounding digital learning. It seeks to offer best practices and professional development guidance for education leaders exploring the many digital curriculum options out there. In particular, the report discusses the facets that make up a digital curriculum and the technology involved in making those options available to higher ed students. Case…

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Brain Fitness – How to Stay Sharp and Focused in the New Year

Getting physically fit is a perennially popular New Year’s resolution, but it’s also important to stay mentally fit. Here are some good habits that will help you get your brain in shape along with your body this year. Quit skimping on sleep After a particularly rough night, have you ever worn mismatched socks or struggled to remember your coworkers names? That’s because those who habitually don’t get enough sleep and those who pull all-nighters suffer from impaired cognitive function. In multiple studies, the link between a good night’s rest and a healthy brain is clear: Lack of sleep slows down…

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Language Departments Could Influence College Rankings

Institutional rankings can make a big difference in the further success of a college or university. As reported by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014–2015, high rankings can help institutions recruit talented faculty, as well as demonstrate quality to potential students and their parents. This type of momentum is invaluable. What’s the Secret? So how might a college or university jump-start their rankings? According to THE, there are a few stand-out factors that influence student decisions. Here’s a list that breaks down what really matters to students in assessing the quality of a higher ed institution: An institution’s…

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The Galatea Effect: How to Cultivate Employee-Driven Development

We wrote last week about the Pygmalion and Galatea effects and their role in the workplace. Harnessing them can enable transformative changes in your organization for a relatively low investment—it could be as simple as a few well-chosen words to the right employee. That being said, for those who prefer a more systematic approach, here are some actionable steps managers can take to improve an employee’s optimism and activate their own Galatea effect. Assessment Before taking any action, it’s important to assess the mindset of the target employee (or employees if you’re casting a bigger net). Why are they down…

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La Importancia de la Tutoría [Vídeo]

Los estudios han demostrado una y otra vez que entre más atención individual recibe un estudiante, mejor progreso tendrá. Es obvio que un salón con 15 niños y un maestro va a tener mayor éxito que un salón con 25 niños y un maestro. ¿Por qué? En el salón con menos niños, el maestro tiene más tiempo para dedicar a los desafíos individuales de cada niño. Apoyo individual Es por eso que la tutoría provee una gran ventaja para estudiantes de todas las edades; proporciona un periodo en el que el alumno puede resolver dudas y practicar con el maestro…

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The Pygmalion-Galatea Tango: Driving Performance from Employee and Supervisor Expectations

One of the most famous people in business history, Henry Ford, once said about expectations: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re probably right.” Over the last century or so since Ford was quoted, much research has been done in the field of positive thinking and its effect on a person’s outcomes, both personal and professional. Perhaps the most famous work in the study of optimism was a 1985 study by Michael F. Scheier and Charles S. Carver that focused on positive thinking and health outcomes. More recently, Barbara L. Fredrickson put forward her “broaden-and-build” theory, that…

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5 Language-Learning Challenges and How to Avoid Them

So your goal for 2015 is to learn a new language? Great! What are your plans for staying on track? Everyone knows that resolutions tend to be notoriously short-lived, but it doesn’t have to be that way—especially with something as important as a second language. I started teaching English in 2006, and I’ve seen a lot of success stories. While every language has a different structure, most language learners who eventually quit their study have run into the same stumbling blocks. But if you know what those difficulties are ahead of time, you’ll be able to recognize and avoid them,…

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Development Plans: Employee-Driven vs. Supervisor-Driven

Central to the goal of employee growth is the development plan. After all, growth is accomplished more efficiently when tackled in a systematic, professional fashion. But who should steer the development planning process, the employee or their supervisor? The truth is that there are reasons for both approaches, and most organizations have aspects of both in their development plan process. The stakes are high; if an employee feels as if their employer is not a partner in their career development, they are more likely to find one that is. This leads to considerable recruiting and onboarding costs that could have…

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Innovating Pedagogy Report and Language Tech

In the Innovating Pedagogy 2014 report, Open University outlines ten innovations in teaching, learning, and assessment that could have a profound influence on education, bringing about a more “interactive world.” Here is an outline of five of these innovations that may directly affect how you use language-learning technology in the classroom. 1. Learning design informed by analytics Using software for detailed tracking and reporting of both individual users and the class as a whole can help instructors fine-tune courses with effective learning design. Open University notes that “data from tracking and management of learning activities can inform learning design by…

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