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The Pulse of Digital Language Learning

Even though they are just as critical to a student’s success in the global economy, language-learning commitment and resources have been shrinking in public schools. That said, interactive online software and blended learning have revolutionized language learning in the school setting. Let’s have a look at what’s been happening in forward-thinking classrooms—and what’s possible. First, what happens in a blended-language learning environment? Language learning has always been a difficult subject area in which to access multiple levels of taxonomy. It was believed that most of the work had to be done in memorization, a low-level skill. Indeed, vocabulary plays a…

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Rosetta Stone Declared 2014 Tabby Award Winner

Rosetta Course and Fit Brains Trainer Among the Best iPad and Android Tablet Apps of 2014 We are pleased to share the news that Rosetta Stone® was recognized in the following categories as having the best iPad and Android tablet apps in 2014: Overall Winner and Users’ Choice honoree in the Android – Education Category: Rosetta Course®, by Rosetta Stone (United States) Users’ Choice honoree in the iPad – Education / Adults, Professionals and General Category: Rosetta Course, by Rosetta Stone (United States)   Overall Winner and Users’ Choice honoree in the iPad – Health & Fitness Category: Fit Brains Trainer™,…

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How Will You ‘Back to School’? – A Very French Perspective

There are three words that begin to seep into the air this time of year that make children huddle in summer-sunlit corners, and render parents either full of trepidation and angst or utterly gleeful, knowing that their life will go back to “normal” in a short while. What are these words? Back to school In an effort to diminish your anxiety, we present you with a new perspective on the going-back-to-the-school-year grind. We give you La Rentrée The French counterpart to the American season of going back to school has a much rosier, welcome connotation across the pond. The event…

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5 Celebrities Who Speak French

It’s always fun, and maybe even a little inspiring, to learn who else speaks your target language. It’s that je ne sais quoi that makes these people just that much more interesting, and by extension, makes you pretty interesting too, right? Bradley Cooper has an impressive command on la langue française, which he perfected in his studies as an exchange student in Provence.   Canadian Sandra Oh attended school in Montreal and, during her ten seasons on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy, showed off her French skills from time to time.   Although Juliette Binoche is a Frenchwoman, you wouldn’t know it for her excellent American-English…

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American Councils Forms New Research Center

American Councils for International Education, one of the great nonprofits working around the globe to expand multicultural and multilingual education, recently announced the launch of the AC Research Center (ARC). Since the 70s, American Councils has organized international exchange programs as well as provided language immersion opportunities, testing and assessment of skills, professional training, community development efforts, and scholarly research. What will happen at the Research Center? The ARC will be devoted to undertaking research that improves the data available for policymakers making decisions about the future of language learning. There are obviously quite a few centers like this for…

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Help International Students Build Language Confidence

Universities across the world are increasing their efforts to recruit international students. They play a major role in internationalizing the campus and usually require little financial aid. Yet many higher education institutions face growing challenges as they help international students integrate comfortably into campus life. The Language Challenge for International Students Most international students pass their introductory language exams. Yet many struggle to keep up in classes, or fully integrate socially with their native-language peers. Students tend to group themselves according to language of choice, without really blending into the native-language student body. As a result, international students sometimes miss…

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The Cultural History of Tattoos

Who’s got ink? Raise your hand! So, what is a tattoo anyway? Yes, it’s a permanent design on someone’s arm, ankle, or you name it. But why do people indelibly mark their bodies, suffer through pain and bloodshed, and open themselves up for potential social stigma? A PBS documentary answered that question eloquently: “A tattoo is an expression of loyalty and devotion, a tribute of a great feat in battle, or simply a beautification to the body with a distinctive work of art.” Having a tattoo has become so common that according to a 2013 statistic, 36% of people in…

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Flip Your Class for More Engagement and Less Time Wasted

In the traditional language-learning classroom, a professor might lecture or show videos, and then send students home to work things out, solve problems, and experiment. In a flipped classroom, the curriculum gains a technology advantage. Students are assigned video-watching and reading as homework. In class, they collaborate with their professors, and with one another. The approach has been successful at Stanford University, the Kahn Academy, and even at 48 middle schools in Idaho. Why Flip a Course? From noteworthy higher education blogs to messages straight from the White House, the use of technology in education is a hot topic. A…

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‘How Can We Better Support English Language Learners?’ We Have a Few Ideas.

Larry Ferlazzo and Education Week took the opportunity in his Classroom Q&A blog to ask the following: What are the greatest challenges to improving ELL student achievement, and how can we overcome them? What are the best strategies schools can use to close the achievement gap for students with disabilities and English Language Learners? Luckily, we know something about this subject. Fewer than 10% of Americans are fluent in more than one language, and only 25% of elementary schools offered foreign language education in 2008—the ages in which the human brain is best equipped to acquire new language skills. The answer…

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Rosetta Stories – Meet Delaine, Hindi Learner

Millions of people have used Rosetta Stone language-learning systems to take the next step in their personal, professional, and educational goals. We’ve heard so many great stories of accomplishment over the years from people who’ve used Rosetta Stone that we wanted to share some of them with you, our current (and soon-to-be) patrons. Allow us to introduce Rosetta Stories: A place where we’ll highlight the very personal stories and journeys of individuals who have chosen Rosetta Stone to help them attain proficiency in their target languages.   Meet Delaine   Meet more learners! Grace – French Learner Nuno – Swedish Learner…

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