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The Value of Workforce Development: By the Numbers

With the economic challenges in the past few years, many companies have pulled back on training opportunities. It seems logical to reduce spending when times get tough; however, the ones who push forward with high-value internal investments are positioned to succeed as the market turns around. Where it All Begins It’s common knowledge: a company that invests in internal training is better suited to meet market demands than a company that does not. The real question is how much it really matters. A survey by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) found that companies that invest in training…

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A Week In Tweets – Top @RosettaStone Fan Tweets

Lauren Talarico, Morning Anchor for News19, WLTX in Columbia, SC, is thinking about changing careers… well, maybe. Either way, we’re here to help! Good luck with your Spanish lessons Lauren! Phillip was very happy with his first Rosetta Studio session – a live, online session led by a Studio Coach who is a native speaker of Philip’s target language. Dana shares her stellar progress in her Spanish lessons! Thanks for sharing everyone! Feeling inspired? Check out Rosetta Stone language-learning products for yourself! What language will start your learning adventure?

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How to Add Language Learning to Your After-School Program

It’s no secret that America’s English Language Learner population is growing at an almost-exponential rate. As the ELL population grows, so does that segment’s use of after-school programs. The ability of ELLs to quickly learn and utilize the English language could be the difference between slipping through the cracks and assimilating into the general student population and experiencing success, particularly in regard to the new Common Core State Standards and their required assessments. Perhaps it’s time to keep these students and their needs in mind when considering a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. As you know, the 21st CCLC…

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Rosetta Stone’s Nicole Wilson Talks Language Trends on NPR

Why are certain languages so-hot-right-now while others have seemingly been relegated to has-been status?  Major world events and the rise (and fall) of economic superstars are dictating what happens in the American language learning landscape. And these changes are happening at a surprisingly fast pace. Rosetta Stone’s Nicole Wilson joins the conversation on NPR’s On Point where host Tom Ashbrook explores the importance of language learning in the modern economy. The guests examine the state of language education in U.S. schools and universities, as well as the relevance of foreign language proficiency for job performance in the United States and abroad. Click…

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What Can You Gain from Learning a Language with Rosetta Stone?

We receive a lot of lovely feedback in our various social media channels from people who are learning with Rosetta Stone products. Back in September we heard from Meagan Pelletier on our Facebook page. We were so pleased to hear about her accomplishments that we reached out to her and asked if she’d be willing to share her story here. Guest post by Meagan Pelletier Growing up, my best friend was Italian. I saw how fun and how full of life his family was. I was always admiring of and envious of the culture. Then, a few years ago, my sister…

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How to Prepare for an Expat Assignment

Pop quiz: you have just been notified that in six months you will be relocating to a foreign country to take up a challenging new assignment at work. What is your first step? If your response is anything like that of the majority of people, there’s a moment of panic. The thought of moving halfway around the world to an unfamiliar place is unsettling to say the least. However, it can also be a great opportunity to travel, immerse oneself in another culture, and develop new skills. That said, it’s not always an easy transition. Here are a few tips…

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Adding “Inclusion” to Diversity & Inclusion Programs

In recent years, trends in diversity have taken a new direction. Instead of the conversation only focusing on the tolerance of differences, it has grown to incorporate the concept of inclusion. Consider for a moment the implications of diversity in its original, unaltered state. The whole purpose was to simply bring in diverse employees. Incorporating these employees’ diverse viewpoints and ideas into the larger organization was not the goal, simply employing them was enough. On the other side of that discussion, inclusion offers a very different meaning. The focus is on not only allowing diverse inputs, but actually accepting and…

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Rosetta Stone Named Among Top 100 Products in District Administration’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Award Program

Rosetta Stone was recently recognized by District Administration magazine as a 2013 Readers’ Choice Top 100 product. The annual honor is given to companies that provide technologically significant solutions which positively impact K-12 classrooms, schools, and districts. Reader submissions, including those from superintendent and district-level directors from across the U.S., determine the award, and Rosetta Stone was selected from among 1,800 unique nominations. District Administration’s editorial board narrows the field, selected the “best of the best.” This year, the magazine notes a common theme of internet- and mobile-oriented solutions arriving in the classroom. Rosetta Stone’s K-12 solutions bring the award-winning…

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Why Language Shouldn’t Be a Job Requirement

Great organizations are made up of great people. When companies are looking for that next great hire, the first step is usually to post a job or contact a third-party recruiter. The ideal candidate, in theory, will be well-versed in the industry and able to hit the ground running. Oh, and they need to speak the native language. Or do they? In many online job postings, the phrase “must be proficient in verbal and written English” is normally encapsulated in a long list of required traits. However, in the recent discussion on communication as a key tool for employee engagement,…

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A Holiday Tradition and Recipe to Please the Masses

Photo © Matthew Armendariz (mattbites.com), via Food and Wine An oft overlooked, very tasty, and hands-on holiday tradition of Mexico, the south-western US, and for Latinos everywhere, is the gathering of friends and family on Christmas and New Year’s Eves to cook and eat tamales at a gathering called a tamalada. Tamales – if you’re not already passionately familiar with them – are cornhusk bundles filled with masa and myriad other ingredients ranging from meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, chilies and more. With roots reaching as far back as 7000 BC, tamales originated in Mesoamerica, and were later traced to the Aztec and Maya civilizations.…

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