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Internationalizing Education – The Importance of Global Competency

Now more than ever, our students and educators need language skills and global competencies to succeed in the global economy. In celebration of International Education Week (IEW), which promotes international education, cultural exchanges, and programs that prepare global citizens, we share insights from elementary teacher Tom Young who participated in a year-long Global Fellowship Program through the NEA Foundation: The biggest impact on my teaching has been pushing students to see beyond their own school, town, and state. There is a whole world of students working on some of the same curriculum, issues, and challenges that we are dealing with…

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Rosetta Stone now available at Target

We are pleased to announce that our digital language-learning systems are now available in over 1,300 North American Target locations and at Target is the latest outlet to join Rosetta Stone’s network of premier retailers, which includes: Barnes & Noble Brookstone Costco Sam’s Club To learn more about our new partnership with Target, read our press release. Rosetta Stone is adding to our growing suite of language-learning products; including online learning with TOTALe (try a free demo here), Mobile apps,  and language learning for kids! Related articles Rosetta Stone (RST), Target (TGT) Finalize Retail Distribution Partnership (

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Building and Maintaining a Learning Culture

Many companies today are looking to copy the culture of organizations like Facebook, Google, Zappos, etc. by providing free lunches, ping pong tables, and other perks. While everyone enjoys a game of ping pong while eating a free sandwich, there are other ways to influence your culture with more staying power and long-term impact than a free sandwich. Recently we looked at ways to motivate employees, and today we’re going to dig deeper into the area of mastery. Here’s the reprise to get us on the same page: Mastery is all about employees feeling as if they understand a topic…

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Online Language Learning is a Recipe for Success

It’s no secret that the world is becoming more connected. Your students’ success in adulthood might very well depend on how they can perform internationally. But what benefits does language learning provide students today, while they are still in school? Studies have proven that students who speak multiple languages: Have better working memories Exhibit greater mental flexibility Find it easier to grasp abstract concepts, like those required in the Common Core With all of these benefits and what is at stake, you would think the United States would be a leader in language education. Instead, fewer than 10% of Americans…

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3 Keys to Employee Motivation

Motivated employees work harder, pure and simple. We all know that, but the obvious question still remains: how do we get our staff motivated? Daniel Pink, best-selling author and speaker, has studied the research surrounding motivation in the workplace, and the basic fundamentals of motivation fall into three categories. Autonomy Mastery Purpose A word of warning, none of these areas can be immediately mastered in the span of a day or two. It takes effort and time, but with the right application a solid base of motivated employees will result. Now that we’ve established that, let’s look deeper at each…

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2013 College Explorer: What Does it Mean for Language Learning

Marketing agency re:fuel recently released highlights from its 2013 College Explorer report that looks into both student spending and technology use. Was there any information that language instructors and institutions planning language programs should know about? We think so. Most relevant highlights for language learning: The number of students taking at least one online course has increased 96% in the past five years — and jumped from 23% to 45% in the past year alone. The report didn’t cover blended learning, so the exposure of students to online learning tools is likely even higher. Students in language courses may come…

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How Communication Can Improve Employee Engagement

An engaged workforce is a productive workforce, but getting all of your people on the same page requires effort. Here’s a short clip from a recent Towers Watson Global Workforce Study titled Engagement at Risk: Driving Strong Performance in a Volatile Global Market. Retaining employees has more to do with the quality of the work experience overall. While some elements — like pay — affect both attraction and retention, the latter depends far more on the quality of employees’ relationship with their managers, their trust in senior leadership and their ability to manage stress on the job. Today we’re going…

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Is Online Software the Next-Generation Textbook in Language Programs?

A recent survey by the Babson Survey Research Group showed that over six million students took at least one online course in 2012, and that number seems set to rise. Since courses in this study were defined as those in which at least 80 percent of the course content is delivered online, this six million figure likely only captures a fraction of overall online learning activity. Before we get too far, let’s first define what blended learning is. Blended learning is any balance of traditional classroom instruction and the use of digital tools to deliver coursework online, and it has…

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Safety Through Language Training

One day you’re walking down the hallway at work, and you notice a large red sign with the word “CUIDADO” stamped on the front in bold letters. You can’t read the sign, so you step around and go on your way. At the end of the hall, you stop just short of stepping into a massive hole in the middle of the floor. You forgot that there was construction going on and realize that the sign was probably a warning meant to keep you from visiting this area of the facility. The ending of that story isn’t necessarily a bad…

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How Technology Can Strengthen Faculty-Student Relationships in Language Programs

As institutions continue to supplement traditional classroom language instruction with technology solutions, interactions between language instructors and students — both in and out of the classroom — are evolving. The debate over the role technology should play in the classroom is not limited to STEM fields. Indeed, the benefit of incorporating technology into the language classroom is a highly debated topic. However, when implemented successfully, technology can allow language instructors to devote more class time to engaging social exercises that allow students to utilize the language learned and offering one-on-one assistance to students. Since a typical language course is made…

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