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Paying Respect to Our Language Heroes – Navajo Code Talkers

For anyone who would argue that language isn’t a powerful tool, we have two words for you: Code Talkers. As we salute and pay respect to our veterans, we wanted to take a look at how the languages of some of our troops helped change the tides of war. Although many Native American languages have been used as code in US wars—including Cherokee, Choctaw, and Meskwaki—the term Code Talkers is strongly associated with the Navajo men who were recruited by the US Marine Corps during World War II. World War I: Native American languages came to the rescue In the fall…

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The Move Toward Bilingual Education

It appears that states are taking a more bilingual approach when it comes to English Language Learners (ELLs), modifying the last decade’s move toward English-only immersion education. English immersion programs became popular with legislators and voters in the early 2000s, based on their concerns about national identity and the role of immigration in the country. Some states went even further, proclaiming English as their official language. What has changed Updated research, demographic shifts, and the needs of the business community have begun to convince states and districts that a bilingual approach—helping ELLs learn content in both English and their language…

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Intercultural Communication Skills for Faculty and Staff

As universities continue to internationalize, both academic and administrative staff face new tasks that require advanced intercultural communications skills. Individuals at all levels and in nearly all functions serve a growing number of international students on campus and, in some cases, leading faculty-led programs abroad, fostering international partnerships, recruiting international students, or participating in other international initiatives. However, few who are asked to work in these often new capacities receive specific training in cross-cultural communication. In a study presented at this year’s annual Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) conference, David L. Di Maria, director of international programs and services…

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Penske Talks Inclusiveness on UN World Day for Cultural Diversity

In recent years, the push for diversity and inclusion in the workplace has seen a surge as companies move to implement diversity-friendly policies and corporate training programs on a global scale. Roles such as Chief Diversity Officer have become common fixtures in many Fortune 500 companies, but there are certain companies that have gone above and beyond, making the effort to implement special measures to further advance the goal of corporate diversity and inclusion that focus on multicultural integration. In recognition of the United Nations’ World Day for Cultural Diversity on May 21, Penske Truck Leasing can be said to…

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Why You Should Encourage Corporate Development For Hispanic Employees

As companies strive to embrace diversity, it’s increasingly important for HR professionals to be aware of the broad array of different cultures present in the office. Being sensitive to the unique considerations of your employees and fostering strong business communication skills is essential to attract top talent from across an array of cultural backgrounds. Especially with the surge in professionals of Hispanic descent entering the workforce, understanding the values and goals of this subset of your staff will go a long way to establish a mutually productive and respectful workplace. The Demonstrated Importance Of A Diverse Workplace In a modern…

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Italian Language Lessons in Action

I’m amazed that it’s been two years since I started my Italian-language journey in earnest. Strangely, the deeper I go, the less I feel I know. But at the same time, it is a great pleasure when (in certain moments) I stop reaching for words and everything starts to click mentally. A year ago when I was visiting Rome, I had the luxury of having my friends with me for the greater part of my stay. Yes, I was understanding more things that were said to me. But I had to work very hard at listening and speaking. It felt…

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Corporate Diversity Needs To Come From The Top

Thanks to many recent efforts on a global scale from the UN, as well as across individual corporations’ HR professionals, many workplaces now take active steps to increase diversity and inclusivity among their ranks. While policies and training implemented at the employee level are becoming more widespread, there is a developing trend that for diversity to be fully integrated into corporate culture, the biggest efforts must come not from the employees, but from the management and executives. Diversify From The Top Down Employees look to upper-level executives to define and enforce company culture. With that in mind, diversity issues merely…

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Brain Training comes to Rosetta Stone

In late 2013, Vivity Labs, creator of Fit Brains™ brain-training games and tools, joined the Rosetta Stone family of products. With the addition of Fit Brains to our growing suite of technology-driven learning programs—including Lexia Learning, Tell Me More®, and Livemocha®— we continue to extend the Rosetta Stone brand beyond language learning. Fit Brains has been featured in The New York Times and Mashable, and like our award-winning language-learning approach, Fit Brains is engaging, challenging—and really hard to put down.   An active brain is a happy brain! Studies show that participating in brain-health activities regularly can increase overall happiness,…

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Four Ways US Colleges Improve First-year International Student Retention

The first year of college can be particularly tough academically and socially, even for domestic students. For international students, this adjustment period is intensified with the added challenges of navigating a new education system, learning new cultural and social norms, and overcoming language barriers. As a result, many international students withdraw within their first year. As more and more campuses address this challenge, the number and types of support they offer international students are expanding. Nearly 40 percent of the international students surveyed in a recent study reported that they had no close American friends. Many campuses arrange events, mixers,…

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Rosetta Stone Wins Five Academics’ Choice “Smart Media” Awards

We’re pleased to share the news that five of our products have received a 2014 Academics’ Choice™ Smart Media Award, a seal of educational quality that’s given to the best educational media and toys on the market. This distinguished award is among those presented as part of the Academics’ Choice Spring 2014 awards program. (For more information about the award, read our press release.) Learn more about—and download—the honorees. Rosetta Course® for iOS Rosetta Course allows you to continue discovering your new language on the go. The app brings the award-winning Rosetta Stone® language-learning method to Apple mobile devices, helping…

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