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Connecting Internationally Isn’t a Spectator Sport

GLOBAL BUSINESS EXPERTS SERIES: Should you ignore headquarters while travelling on international business? While international travel has its own ups-and-downs, international business travel has more. Not only are you dealing with other cultures, cuisines and customs, all of which have their unique challenges, more often than not you may find yourself juggling a very hectic on-the-ground schedule with that constant nagging pressure to be on conference calls with headquarters or clients and manage business back at the office. At least that’s the way I’ve often felt. Having done business, lived, or studied in nearly 90 countries on six continents, it’s…

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Building English Language for Adult Learners

For some adult learners, an in-person ESL class is simply not possible. Many potential students work multiple jobs, care for children, or attend classes at night in other fields. That’s why technology-based distance learning can be a boon for your adult ESL plan. Today’s language-learning technology, pioneered by Rosetta Stone, goes much further than vocabulary acquisition. Students can practice pronunciation, develop cultural awareness, and build confidence in their English skills. Sweetwater Union High School District in Chula Vista, CA experienced these benefits first hand. They share their story in our success story, Building English Language for Adult Learners. In it,…

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10 Tips for Language Learners to Avoid the Summer Slide

Summer gives students (and teachers) a well-deserved break from a stressful school year. But it can also cause students to forget 22 percent or more of what they learned over that school year in what’s called the “summer slide”. It takes a teacher a month of review at the beginning of the next year just to get students caught back up. The stakes are even greater for language learners, who need more consistent practice to keep their skills sharp. Here are 10 tips for helping language learners avoid the slide. 1. Don’t let them veg. The slide is worse for…

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Bringing HR and Lines of Business Together: Cynthia and Jack Discuss Their Vision for the Company

This is the third in a series focusing on two personas in a company, the head of HR and the Global Managing Director, using the Rosetta Stone Driving Global Readiness Toolkit to improve the language skill set of the company’s employees and helping to fulfill the strategic goals of both departments. When Jack first brings up his view on the company’s language learning needs to Cynthia, he’s surprised to find out that she’s already been thinking about the same thing. “I’ve seen how you’ve expanded the business internationally over the years and wondered if we had the right people for…

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Bringing HR and Lines of Business Together: Meet Jack, Global Managing Director

This is the second in a series focusing on two personas in a company, the head of HR and the Global Managing Director, using the Rosetta Stone Driving Global Readiness Toolkit to improve the language skill set of the company’s employees and helping to fulfill the strategic goals of both departments. Meet Jack. Jack is the Global Managing Director for a growing company that is looking to further expand its operations overseas. He’s mid-50s, not yet thinking about retirement but thinking about what the company will look like when he does pack up his office. He’s seen a lot of…

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A Glance at Global Leadership

GLOBAL BUSINESS EXPERTS SERIES:  No one needs to argue that we live in a complex world and we face many challenges doing business globally. Your business’ success or failure often depend on how well your leaders perform. Do they possess the flexibility to lead? Do they have the humility to learn? Do they have the fluency to move around the world with ease? Is your internal leadership development program equipped to raise the competency of your leaders in order to help your business navigate successfully around the world in this turbulent time? After years of supporting businesses and their leaders…

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Language Learning for Parental Involvement

When we think of ELL students, we tend to think only of helping the students reach proficiency. While that is obviously the primary goal, the objective of success in school is made much easier if parents are engaged with the student’s learning. According to a 2001 US Department of Education study, students with involved parents are 51 percent more likely to enjoy school and earn 52 percent more A grades. Family participation is twice as indicative of student academic success as socio-economic status. Barriers for entry among ELL parents A barrier for parental involvement among ELL parents is their own…

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Bringing HR and Lines of Business Together: Meet Cynthia, HR Director

This is the first in a series focusing on two personas in a company, the head of HR and the Global Managing Director, using the Rosetta Stone Driving Global Readiness Toolkit to improve the language skill set of the company’s employees and helping to fulfill the strategic goals of both departments. Meet Cynthia. She is the Director of Learning & Development for a growing company that is looking to further expand its operations globally. Although she likes the work and the company, she finds it hard to be treated as a crucial member of the staff. She sees a shift in…

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Meeting the Adult ESOL Challenge

Adult learners come into ESL classes with a range of existing skills, from barely educated in their native language to holding advanced degrees. It’s important for an adult ESL program to engage learners at each end of across the spectrum. Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, FL uses Rosetta Stone® technology to meet these goals. They help their students succeed by: Supplementing classroom instruction Increasing adult ESL participation Helping improve CASAS scores View our new webinar, Meeting the Adult ESOL Challenge, to learn more. Supplementing classroom instruction Although using language-learning technology alone has proven to be effective, in the ESL…

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Leadership Means Speaking to the Heart

Language skills in the workplace are about much more than just being able to communicate your needs effectively. If that were the case, you could just hire a translator. It would be an exchange of words, but there wouldn’t be any connection. When a person speaks another’s language—even if it’s just an attempt—you are speaking directly to the heart. That could be the difference between being memorable and being forgotten, between making the sale and coming home empty-handed. That’s the experience of Ferrero Executive Vice President Worldwide Arturo Cardelus. He represents the interests of the chocolate and candy empire around…

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