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German Government Trying to Boost American Interest

Study of the German language is in sharp decline in American classrooms. In 1997, a quarter of US high schools offered German in their language-learning programs. Today that number stands at 14%. In elementary and middle schools, German language classes are nominal at best. The main cause of that decline is the rise of China as an economic power and Arabic as a language of importance to the American government and other interests. Parents are demanding these languages in an effort to make their students more competitive after high school. What can Germany do? The German government is actively trying…

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How Technology Factors into the TESOL President’s 8 Current Trends in Teaching English

Given the flexibility and mobility that new online language-learning tools afford, it may be no surprise that e-Learning earned a spot on TESOL President Deena Boraie’s list of eight current trends in ESL/EFL. Beyond this obvious correlation between technology and the evolution of the ESL classroom, however, we found that a number of the other trends she highlighted go hand in hand with recent advancements in language-learning technology. Trend: Changing View of an English Teacher Dr. Boraie points out that it’s becoming more widely recognized that being a great English teacher takes more than simply speaking the language fluently. Effective teachers must…

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How do You Plan for ‘Purposeful’ Social Media Collaboration?

Human Resource managers may be tempted to shape policies that ban social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in the workplace. Some corporate leaders, however, are turning on its head the idea that social platforms are detrimental to efficiency. Instead, they are looking to social media as a key tool for marketing and defining the business’s brand. Social Media in the Workplace New reports from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) indicate that social media has, in recent years, become integral to many companies’ outreach programs. A 2013 study from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for…

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Rosetta Stone Klingon

Fantasy languages are the intrigue of linguists and über fans of legend and otherworlds alike. Among the greats are JRR Tolkien’s Elvish languages Quenya and Sindarin from Middle-earth and the Dothraki language in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy-novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, which Game of Thrones fans know all too well as being spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of the Dothraki Sea. The language of Klingon is no exception in this world of intricate attention to detail, language, and make-believe culture. Created by linguist Marc Okrand for the 1984 film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, this intriguing language…

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Top 10 Eating Utensils You Can’t Live Without

You probably don’t think about utensils very often—until you need one, that is. Interestingly, there’s a lot more to them than you may think. From ancient beginnings to the tables of kings, these sometimes silly-looking tools make our everyday dining better, one bite at a time. Read the full transcript. 10. The Fat Straw. Apparently, boredom, too, is the mother of all inventions. 9. The Metal Nutcracker. Since the fifth century B.C., nuts have met their maker with this crushing implement. 8. Chopsticks. More than a little ditty people play on the piano, these simple tools have gone global.…

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Rosetta Stone® Kids Lingo Letter Sounds Nominated for Two Webby Awards—VOTE for Us!

We’re pleased to announce that Rosetta Stone Kids Lingo Letter Sounds has been selected as a nominee in the 18th Annual Webby Awards, in the Education & Reference (Handheld Devices) category! Our recently launched app for kids has been chosen as one of the world’s five best in this category and it’s competing for two prestigious awards: the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award. The winner of the Webby Award is selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, but the voting public–and that means you!– chooses the winner of the Webby People’s Voice Award. Vote for…

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Create Engaging Employee Training Programs with Gamification

For staff training and development to be effective, it needs to be two things: efficient and engaging. Not only do managing staff want to share information with employees, they also need to impress upon workers how the knowledge is important in their daily responsibilities and keep them interested in learning more. One of the most effective new techniques for encouraging employee engagement during training is gamification. This non-traditional method involves the use of interactive game scenarios and critical thinking to approach business-related issues. The purpose is not only to make learning interesting but also to bring workers into the situations…

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Do American Employees Work Too Much?

It is not uncommon to hear workers voice sentiments about the amount they work. Whether in seriousness or jest, however, new reports indicate that American employees aren’t exaggerating when it comes to estimating how much time they spend on the clock. To lessen the potential strain that long hours can have on workers, companies may help incorporate certain measures into staff training and development to promote healthy work-life balance. Weekly Hours, Vacation Contribute to Workload Compared to people in countries around the world, US employees spend the same amount of time taking care of domestic or family needs as their…

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How Much Does That Interview Question Really Tell You?

As the economy recovers and companies vie for the most qualified applicants, hiring managers are taking interview innovation to new extremes. One of the most popular techniques is posing outlandish questions to potential hires and trying to decipher the nuances of their character from their responses. Does this strategy really work, though? According to Inc. Magazine, although the wildcard question may seem like a unique way of gauging a potential employee’s ability to think on his or her feet, it may not reveal as much about an individual’s aptitude for a position as hiring staff might hope. Rather, human resource…

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Powerful Potential: Mobile Learning For a Global Workforce

One thing is for certain: the mobile revolution has arrived, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Between smartphones, laptops, tablets, portable gaming devices, and other gadgets, people have become increasingly connected and are able to communicate with each other from anytime and anyplace. As a result, mobile learning is quickly moving to the core of many business growth strategies. The potential for learning via wireless technology is considerable. In fact, mobile training technologies may be able to resolve many of the problems that are hindering a company’s growth and expansion. A new report by Ambient Insight revealed that…

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