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Making a Splash at the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

When blended and online learning is the focus, as it is at iNACOL’s 2015 Blended and Online Learning Symposium, you can expect Rosetta Stone Education to be part of the action. This year’s symposium will be held November 8-11 at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. 3,000 educators and leaders will be learning and sharing in more than 200 different sessions. At booth #309 of the Exhibit Hall, we will also be contributing to the conversation. In particular, we will be bringing our message of making language learning accessible to as many students as possible through the Rosetta Stone…

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Creating a Language Immersion Environment in the Classroom

According to a 2011 survey by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), there are close to 500 schools in 38 US states that offer total, partial or two-way immersion programs in 22 different languages. Language immersion is a method of teaching in which the learners’ target language is the vehicle for general classroom instruction; students spend at least 50 percent of their time learning subjects such as math, science, and social studies in their target language. Immersion has proven to be an effective way to develop fluency and skills. Students in these programs often outperform students in traditional foreign language…

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Blended Learning in Groups May Be More Effective

A common mistake among learning and development managers is believing that an investment in blended learning is a “set it and forget it” proposition. As long as employees are using the system correctly, they should be meeting their goals… right? Companies are finding that if they build their blended learning solutions around groups, or even pairs, of employees, that learners are more apt to retain the information. This is thought to be because working with other people as well as online helps learners apply the information to their day-to-day jobs. A recent article in Chief Learning Officer identified three different blended…

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The Long and Winding Road to Language Learning

As a career classroom teacher, I am always on the lookout for things that will challenge and interest my students. These days, it seems technology is the way to go. This current generation has grown up with technology at their fingertips. If you want to know how your latest app works, how to navigate the web or simply get your smartphone to cooperate, ask a kid! Several years ago, I was given the opportunity to help with the installation of new language labs in my district. This might not seem exciting at first glance, but my district was still using…

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A Breakthrough in Early Childhood Language Acquisition

According to researchers from the University of Maryland, language learning in babies is a team effort. In a paper they published in the Journal of Child Language, it was found that babies bring with them an innate ability to identify the breaks between words—a crucial skill when learning a language. Measuring this ability can lead to identifying upcoming speech and language problems for the child. Meanwhile, the researchers also found the most effective way for parents to help their young children learn language. Talking early and often to a baby is valuable, just as conventional wisdom has shown for decades,…

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5 Key Aspects of Cultural Awareness

Although there are many, many differences between American culture and those of the rest of the world, there are a few key disparities that have an impact on our work culture. It is important to increase our awareness of these and other differences as we move toward a more globalized economy in which managers might have to work with people from all over the globe. Although not a definitive list, here are the things your managers should better familiarize themselves with if your business has global aspirations. Language Language skills are an obvious necessity for international success. Even though English…

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Rosetta Stone Solutions for Schools in Crisis

Here is our first post by one of the Rosetta Stone Education team members! Meet Jessica Morales:  We often hear from our teachers that they don’t have time to implement new software into their classrooms. In our schools with the highest-need student populations, the difficulties range from not enough time in the schedule to not enough stability for students throughout the day. There are school systems that can’t count on their teachers to arrive at school every day, where lockdowns occur regularly, and hundreds of unexpected surprises interrupt (and often extend) the teacher’s regular plans. I’d like to suggest that it…

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Preparing Students with Language Learning for the 21st Century

Our first Teacher Tuesday blog post is here! Today, we are featuring Gisele Vázquez Falls, Global Studies and World Language Department Chair at Tallwood High School (VA): I started teaching in the early 90s and I still remember how difficult it was to find “authentic resources.” Even as a new teacher, I knew how important it was to make learning a foreign language meaningful and real for my students. With guidance from my mentor, and my language colleagues, I learned how to find what I needed. I also learned that World Languages teachers are some of the most creative, innovative, and resourceful…

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10 Bilingual Benefits

Being bilingual comes with a lot of benefits. Some of them are fairly obvious while others you might not have thought about. Either way, knowing another language can be very beneficial. 1. Better employment prospects: It’s common knowledge that bilingual job applicants are more marketable. They earn more in salary and tend to be more upwardly-mobile when they land with an employer. 2. Thousands of dollars for retirement: Leave it to The Economist to figure out just how much of a difference a second language can make for retirement. For Spanish speakers: $51,000. German speakers? $128,000! 3. Improved use of your…

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Competing Internationally, According to the Harvard Business Review

This month’s cover story in the Harvard Business Review is titled “The Future and How to Survive It”. It’s a deep dive into the last 30 years or so of worldwide economic history and how the era of almost unrestricted Western multinational growth is coming to an end. There are many factors to which the article alludes, but the bottom line is this: the emerging markets are disrupting almost all aspects of Western business. To compete, businesses will have to adopt new strategies. Fighting Over Talent Chief among the strategies advocated for in the article is being aggressive about acquiring…

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