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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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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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Advanced English for Business Nominated for the Mobby and Tabby Awards

We’re very excited to announce that our English-learning app for business, Rosetta Stone® Advanced English for Business, has been nominated for multiple Mobby and Tabby Awards! The Mobby and Tabby Awards recognize the best smartphone and tablet apps for business, productivity and enterprise. Advanced English for Business is nominated for the Mobby in the category of Enterprise Solutions and the Tabby in both the Enterprise and Vertical Markets and Education, Training and HR categories. The Mobby and Tabby Awards received over 150 app submissions this year across the categories. The winners of the awards will be announced later this fall.…

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The Tools You Need for Global Talent Management

Don’t you wish it was easy to reconcile your business’s international aspirations with your workforce’s current language skill set, then set up plans that can help you compete in the global economy? Recently, Rosetta Stone HR Practice Lead and Senior Manager of Enterprise Marketing Sheerin Vesin and Senior Global HR Partner DeShaun Wise presented at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2015 Annual Conference. Part of the focus of their highly popular presentation was the Global Talent Toolkit, which provides tools that can help businesses take the next step in global growth. They now bring this presentation to you, in a Virtual…

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Study: Bilinguals Have More Gray Matter

Researchers from the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University have found that people who are bilingual in two spoken languages have more gray matter in their nervous systems, according to a new study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex. Gray matter is the component of the central nervous system that houses neuron cells, synapses, and other key components of the neural network. Gray matter is in charge of the systems that control memory, the senses, emotions, speech, decision making, and self-control. Gray matter can differ from person to person based on their experiences and memories. For example,…

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Virtual Workshop: Tools for Global Talent Management

Recently, Rosetta Stone HR Practice Lead and Senior Manager of Enterprise Marketing Sheerin Vesin and Senior Global HR Partner DeShaun Wise presented at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2015 Annual Conference. Their talk gave attendees tips and best practices in using our new Global Talent Toolkit. Now they are bringing this popular session to you, in the form of a Virtual Workshop: Tools for Global Talent Management. Click here to register for our Virtual Workshop: Tools for Global Talent Management In this enlightening presentation, Sheerin and DeShaun will lay out the case for global readiness in the workforce, including…

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Three Insights Into What Engages Students

Educators are always making their best guesses as to what they think will engage their students in their learning. Some of these ideas are very good. Others are nothing more than a shot in the dark. Heather Wolpert-Gawron had a novel idea: ask her 8th grade students. She published some of their responses in an article for Edutopia, but they are worth discussing again. “Students will always be extremely excited when using technology.” The fact that today’s digitally-native students are engaged by technology isn’t earth-shaking, but one student suggested that technology actually has cognitive benefits. “When we use tech, it…

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