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The Most Powerful Language in the World: English

English adds to global success.  We are unlikely to be surprised when we learn that a company is now doing business globally, or here in the United States for the first time. Technology, markets, and cultures naturally draw people and businesses together. When that happens, using English is still a common way to communicate. Many reasons tip us off to reasons for using English when you power up your first impression around the globe. Even with 500 million fewer native speakers than Mandarin, English takes the #1 spot based on opportunities using English creates, even globally. English ranked the highest…

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5 Free Classroom Printables Teachers and Students Will Love

Teacher Appreciation Week offers one big national chance to come together and recognize teachers during their special week. Along with so many other boosters, from parents to peers, we appreciate the talent and knowledge teachers share with their students every day. This year, we’ve created fun (and free!) resources teachers can use in their classrooms for themselves and others to give student engagement a little boost. These great printable resources are available online for easy downloading, both to enhance teachers’ classrooms and to add fresh activities for their students, including: Class Reward Coupons teachers can print to recognize hard work and…

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[Webinar] Successful Language Learning in Out-of-School Time

Rosetta Stone invites you to its upcoming webinar, “Access is Everything: Successful Language Learning in Out-of-School Time”, to be presented Tuesday, May 9, from 3:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. EDT. This live session will be led by Preetom Bhattacharya, Coordinator EL, Title I, Special Programs and Services at Huntington Beach City School District, CA. Join us as he shares: Why extending access to language learning makes sense Tips to establish an out-of-school language-learning program Strategies to boost student engagement Register for Access is Everything: Successful Language Learning in Out-of-School Time. School districts have limited time and resources to devote to…

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[Guide] 5 Steps to Successful Language Training

We recently teamed up with our friends at Forbes Insights to conduct a survey of more than 200 executives around the world about the current language needs in enterprise and what companies are doing to meet their goals. Those results are available in the new comprehensive report, Best in Class: How Enterprises Succeed with Language Learning Programs. Not only did the survey reveal the current language challenges facing companies, but what successful firms are doing to make themselves more competitive in this multinational economy. We’ve taken those results and formulated them into a 5-Step Guide to Successful Language Training. We start…

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The Need for Differentiated Early Warning in ELL Education

The English Language Learner population in the United States is statistically four times as likely to drop out of school than their English-speaking counterparts. Naturally, that group comes under scrutiny when schools try to make plans for the future and determine future graduation rates. To do this, many schools use early warning indicators derived from previous test scores, formative assessment, and other educational artifacts from a student’s school career. But one new study has found that early warning systems that may work for the general population are greatly inaccurate when trying to measure the likelihood of an ELL dropping out.…

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The 2nd Most Powerful Language in the World: Mandarin

Mandarin opens doors in China.  Closing in on one billion native speakers, Mandarin is #2 on the list of the world’s 10 most powerful languages. Taking into account China’s giant economy, the sheer number of native speakers, and the country’s importance on the world stage, it’s no surprise that Mandarin has such a high ranking on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Power Language Index. On the Index, language usefulness is measured by many indicators, including the number of countries a language is spoken in; the land area where a language is predominantly used; various GDP totals; and contributions to culture,…

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[Video] Making the Most of EdTech for ELLs

The nation’s population of students classified as English Language Learners is expected to make up one third of the US public school enrollment within a decade. Every district is at its own state of readiness when it comes to this fast-growing challenge, which means any solution considered should take the district’s needs into account. Our new video, ELL Solutions for K-12, discusses how that goal is accomplished and the benefits you can bring to your students. These ELL students swelling our schools come to us with varying skill sets, from a high level of proficiency that only needs help in…

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The Art of Language: A K-12 Student Contest

Calling all language teachers and students in K-12! Rosetta Stone Education invites you to participate in our latest contest, The Art of Language. Submit your students’ artwork—inspired by their language studies—for a chance to win a prize for your classroom! The contest will run April 5 – April 30, 2017. All submissions will then be shared back with you for voting. The twelve student art pieces with the most votes will win a pizza or ice cream party for their classroom and be featured in the Rosetta Stone 2017-18 school year calendar! To participate and enter your submission: Read the contest terms and…

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The 3rd Most Powerful Language in the World: French

Putting a French accent on business.  How can the #3 language in our countdown of the world’s 10 most powerful languages contribute to your global business success? If your partners are located in certain parts of Canada, Africa, Europe, or Southeast Asia, familiarity with French can help you power up your first impression. French is not only France’s official language; it is also #3 on the Power Language Index. How did a language with 80 million native speakers score so well on the index? The World Economic Forum found that the broad geographic reach of French, plus its top score…

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[NEW eBook] Six Steps Toward ELL Success

The influx of English Language Learners into our nation’s schools is catching quite a few districts flat-footed. States that haven’t seen mass migration in decades find themselves having to make accommodations for language learners. Make no mistake: this is vital work. This crop of ELL students represents the future of America and the promise of skills native English speakers strive to acquire. To help everyone experience success in these challenging times, we’ve collected six steps to consider in our new eBook, Six Steps Toward ELL Success. Who are the American ELLs? ELLs make up 10 percent of today’s public school…

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