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Cultural Differences Run Deeper than the Country of Origin

From the outside in, understanding cultural differences often only goes as deep as the country in question. Because we have some generalities about Germans or the Japanese, we expect everyone we encounter from those countries to act in the same fashion. But ask yourself: would Americans from the west coast and the south act the same? What about someone working for the government compared to someone working for Facebook? Those differences can be quite drastic. Here is how you transfer that knowledge to your overseas business. Get familiar with regions Just as in the US, different regions of a country could…

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Rosetta Stone Earns University of California A-G Approval

We’re happy to announce that the Rosetta Stone Spanish I and II offerings have received A-G approval from the University of California. What this means is that California’s high school students can use those products to fulfill their two-year foreign language graduation requirement. To receive this standing, Rosetta Stone Spanish I and II had to fulfill the university’s 15 “power standards” for online courses as well as meet at least 27 of iNACOL’s Standards for Quality Online Courses. The California Learning Resource Network also had to certify that Rosetta Stone achieves 80 percent relevancy against the California Content Standards or the…

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4 Ways Using Language Skills Can Boost Your Career

In the typical resume format, any language skills the employee has take a backseat to work experience, education, and so on. This is a mistake. In today’s global economy, potential employers are more and more likely to be impressed with an individual’s language learning exploits. Expanding global reach There are the obvious benefits to the employer. If they have satellite offices or clients in a country where the employee speaks the primary language, that yields immediate returns. Communication is naturally enhanced, but so is cultural competence. When a person learns another language, they often receive cultural understanding along with it.…

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The Benefits of Blended Instruction in the World Language Classroom

We have an exciting new webinar coming up that is all about helping the language teacher transition to using technology in their classroom. The Classroom Advantage: Exploring the Benefits of Blended Instruction in the World Language Classroom will be held on January 13th at 6 PM ET, featuring Deborah Cody, world language liaison from Pueblo City Schools in Colorado. What are those benefits? A recent post highlighted the top 10 reasons for integrating technology in your language-learning classroom. It makes for great reading before you take a deep dive with Ms. Cody. Pueblo City Schools has integrated a flexible online…

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Unlocking the Social Aspects of Corporate Learning

For years, the best practice in corporate learning has been summarized by the “70-20-10” rule. 70 percent of learning on the job should supposedly be experiential, but that can mean throwing a new hire or a job changer into the deep end before they are ready to swim. Instead, businesses should focus on the 20 – social learning. The misconception is that social learning means to get a group of employees together and let them work through a set of tasks, or a similar exercise. Social learning actually has to do with everyone in the organization, from management down. The…

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Top 10 Reasons for Integrating EdTech in the Language-Learning Classroom

Technology can have the same positive effects in the language classroom as it can in any other subject area, yet language teachers can be a bit more reticent to bringing blended learning into their practice. That’s the idea behind our new webinar, The Classroom Advantage: Exploring the Benefits of Blended Instruction in the World Language Classroom, on January 13th at 6:00 PM ET. But for an overview of some of the topics we will be covering during this informative talk, let’s go into the top 10 reasons why you should bring EdTech into your classroom. 1. Differentiated learning Students can work…

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Treat Your International Employees Like They’re Down the Hall

As companies grow in the 21st century, the hunt for talent can often lead overseas. Whether that means establishing an office in a foreign country or simply hiring freelancers from abroad, those practices come with their own sets of challenges: Supervision Communication Corporate culture For all three of these, the key might be to treat your overseas employees as if they are based in the home office. With today’s technology, that’s easier than ever. When a new hire is onboarded at the home office, they are often forgotten about once they get comfortable and don’t need as much support. The…

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The Challenge of Multi-level Learners in the Language Classroom

I attended ACTFL this year with a mission: to hear from K12 teachers from across the country about the challenges they face in their teaching endeavors, the successes they have experienced in addressing these challenges, and what they would like to see in terms of technology resources and support to help them advance their goals further. I listened to individuals and small groups of teachers as they made their way through the exhibit hall, and in chats as we waited for a session to begin. I also met with larger groups of instructors in focus sessions specifically organized around this…

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Creating a Dynamic Language-Learning Experience

I grew up around a community with many non-English speakers. I worked in an environment where those who could not communicate with others due to the language differences were treated as if they had some form of disability. This simply was unacceptable and I set out to make a difference. I moved to Mexico, became a Certified ESL Teacher, and quickly advanced to the position where I would be more of a mentor than a teacher. As an ESL and foreign language coordinator with 13 years of experience, I quite often found myself faced with teachers and instructors who were…

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How Bilingualism Benefits You

More than half the world learns more than one language as a child. While we in the monolinguistic world might think that has no bearing on success, there turn out to be many benefits to being bilingual or multilingual. To see those benefits, all we have to do is look at children. The social benefits of speaking multiple languages are obvious; it broadens your social pool to be able to communicate with more people. But there are other benefits that also come to bear during the life of a bilingual child. First, cognitive effects are being rapidly studied in science,…

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