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Insights from the Rosetta Stone “Challenges and Opportunities for English Learners in the Common Core State Standards” Report

Although most view the CCSS as a comprehensive set of standards for math and English, those in the English Language Learning community were left wondering how the new standards affect their students. Is the Common Core era a gold mine or a mine field for ELLs? The answer, of course, is neither (or both). Luckily Rosetta Stone has an insightful report available, “Challenges and Opportunities for English Learners in the Common Core State Standards,” to clear up some misconceptions about the CCSS and how your ELL students might benefit. Included is discussion about: What is the Framework for English Language…

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Unintended Benefits of Well-Executed Development Plans

We all know that employee development requires a specific plan that guides the goals of both the employee and the organization over the course of a certain period, often one year. In some organizations, everyone involved from employee to manager rolls their eyes at review time. If only they knew how beneficial well-crafted and executed development plans can be. Aside from, well, developing the skills of the workforce, development plans have some unintended—but very beneficial—side effects. Employees want to be developed Employees might roll their eyes when review time is approaching not because they don’t believe in the development process,…

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10 Funny False Friends from French

As you may already know, cognates are words from different languages that look very similar. Thanks to the Norman conquest of England in the eleventh century, some 10,000 French words entered Middle English vocabulary, and language experts estimate that approximately three-fourths of those words are still in use in Modern English. Because of the heavy French influence on the English language, it’s no surprise that there are a lot of French-English cognates. However, there are also a lot of “false friends” to look out for: words that look alike but have very different meanings. Here’s a list of 10 false friends that…

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How Language Training Drives Employee Performance

When we talk about language learning in the workplace, we tend to think of those employees who might be going on an overseas assignment and will be required to do business in the local language. While that is a key use of language training, there are many more benefits to bringing language learning to your workforce. Those benefits are discussed in our new report, Driving Global Readiness: A Road Map, available now. It describes not only the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in the international economy, but also how language learning can benefit the employee here at home. For instance,…

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3 Cosas Indispensables que Hace un Tutor – Video

Hay mucho que puedes aprender de un idioma por ti mismo. Puedes tomar lecciones en línea o usar libros de gramática para estudiar la estructura del lenguaje que quieres aprender. Y por supuesto, también puedes leer, escuchar música y ver televisión en inglés. Sin embargo, muchas personas que están en el proceso de aprender un idioma llegan a un punto en el que sienten que su aprendizaje se ha estancado. Si tú sientes que tu progreso ha parado o disminuido, tal vez es tiempo de que consideres estudiar con un tutor. Aquí hay unas maneras en las que un tutor…

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Let’s Start on the Path to ELL Success

In the next few weeks, we here at Rosetta Stone are very excited to bring you a series of materials dedicated to helping English Language Learners succeed. The Pathways to English Language Learner Success series will consist of blog posts, a live webinar, on-demand demos, and dedicated web pages all written with ELL success in mind. The current state of ELL education This is a pivotal time in ELL education. Latino students are currently the second-most prevalent ethnic group in American schools. Nine percent of the student population is enrolled in some sort of language learning program. And the states…

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Do Your Leaders Speak to Employees’ Hearts, or Just Their Heads?

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela Above is one of the most frequently referenced quotes related to language learning, with good reason. Mandela himself spoke three languages. Xhosa was his first language. He learned English in school (it was one of his English teachers that gave him the name Nelson) and many people believe it saved his life during his trial because he could defend himself in one of South Africa’s official languages. Finally,…

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Celebrating International Mother Language Day!

February 21, 2015 will mark the 16th anniversary of International Mother Language Day. The celebration was instituted by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a way to promote linguistic and cultural diversity. Why is it important to celebrate your mother language? For those who speak English as their native language, it may seem odd to focus on the mother language instead of promoting much-needed second-language acquisition. However, for many people throughout the world, the dominant language in a given community has a tendency to displace local minority languages (which, of course, are mother languages more often than…

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2015’s Employee Development Plan Trends

Some fads come and go, even in employee development. But there are also trends, dictated by generational changes or new technology, which appear to have staying power. Here’s a look at what some innovative organizations are now including in their employee development plans. Mobile and social learning Although they aren’t new concepts, a recent study found that only 10 percent of companies are leveraging mobile learning solutions in their employee development. As the Millennial generation occupies more and more positions in the workforce, this number needs to change. These young workers grew up with technology and expect it to play…

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