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Academics: The Dominance of English Is Stifling World Scholarship

Recently, the BBC published an article that outlined what many foreign researchers view as a threat to scholarship: the dominance of the English language on the world’s stage. While obviously their concerns are post-secondary (and post-graduate) in nature, there are some takeaways for the K-12 space. First, the academics’ point is simple. The vast majority of the world’s scholarly journals — at least, those with international weight — are written in English only. To be published, you have to speak and write in English. This alone is a barrier that is stifling scholarship in non-English speaking places. For example, the…

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Breaking Language Learning Into Building Blocks

Have you ever seen one of those truly impressive Lego builds, like a huge alien spaceship or an entire city? They look daunting and the common person might think they are impossible. But they were all put together in the same way, by normal people: one block at a time. The traditional method of learning is through courses of study that often take at least weeks, if not months. This has been the case everywhere from elementary school to postgraduate work. Corporate learning would take the same track, pulling employees out of their work for a week or more. Thankfully,…

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On-Demand Webinar: Mixing Up EdTech + Traditional Instruction

It can be difficult to integrate technology with in-person instruction, even though there are a lot of benefits for doing so. How do you get the most out of online learning? What should the balance be? The transition is made much easier with a partner. That’s why we’re starting a community for technology integration in the classroom, beginning with our free on-demand webinar “EdTech and Traditional Instruction: Mixing It Up in Today’s Language-Learning Classroom”. Rosetta Stone Language Education Expert Boris Morew discusses how to improve student performance in the language learning setting through the combination of technology and instruction. This is…

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Why Students Should Learn a New Language

Recently, the UK version of the Huffington Post blog published a list of eight reasons why you should learn a language. Although the list was directed at post-secondary students, some of its insights can be applied to the needs of the K-12 student. Brain Benefits The case for language learning providing a boost for the brain is growing stronger. Critical thinking, multitasking, and problem solving skills (all defined as 21st century skills) are stronger in multilingual people compared to their monolingual cohorts. In this way, the benefits of language learning translate across the curriculum, affecting the student’s other classes. Going…

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[White Paper] Driving Global Readiness: A Road Map

Global readiness—the abilities with which an employee can relate and communicate with colleagues and customers from another culture—will be a key component in their value in the 21st century interconnected economy. That is one of the findings of our white paper, “Driving Global Readiness: A Road Map”. The report comes from our 2015 Rosetta Stone Business Language Impact Study, which yielded significant insights into just how important language skills are becoming in the workplace—even to companies that are not necessarily doing business internationally. In addition to startling data from the survey, the white paper also discusses: How and why most…

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Driving Blended Learning Success in Rural School Districts

The Guthrie Common School District in Texas serves the third-smallest county in the United States. The district’s 100 students does not warrant a full-time world languages teacher, yet the state still requires students to graduate high school with two years of Spanish courses. Guthrie’s solution was to partner with Rosetta Stone to offer a virtual solution. That partnership, and the considerable success that has followed, is profiled in a new case study. Click here to read this informative case study! Guthrie organized its blended learning offerings into the Guthrie Virtual School. Once it was approved by the Texas Virtual School…

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Texting Is Much More Than Meets the Touchscreen

We recently published a blog post entitled “Employee Training in 2016”, where we highlighted some major trends currently taking form in organizational learning. Two of those, international training and language learning, deal directly with the use of language and how it develops. In this entry, we’re exploring some of the current work being done in that field, particularly by Columbia linguistics professor and author John McWhorter. In the near future, adults of a certain age might line up to learn the hot new foreign language. But it won’t be Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. It will be texting. That may be…

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[Free Template] The Global Readiness Toolkit

We believe that one of the premier measures of an employee’s value in the international economy will be global readiness—the ability to communicate and relate with people of different cultures and countries. After all, the world will only become more interconnected as companies seek opportunities across the globe. Perhaps not surprisingly, 90 percent of business line leaders believe their teams have global readiness challenges. Yet, only a third of those leaders try to work with their HR departments on a solution. That is why we came up with the Global Readiness Toolkit, which brings together three assets that, when used…

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Wide Open Spaces

We have a lot of wide open spaces in Guthrie, Texas, which sits in the third least populated county in the nation. There are great big skies, beautiful open range land, and plenty of room for cattle, horses and kids to roam. In our area, there are several rural school districts that serve a relatively small student population. Finding certified and highly qualified teachers is often a struggle in remote West Texas, especially in high need areas such as math, science and foreign language. About five years ago, a group of area school superintendents needed to find a solution for…

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Celebrating Charter Education in California at #CCSACon

Charter schools play an important role in the American education system, particularly in California. That’s why Rosetta Stone is happy to celebrate the success of the movement at the 2016 California Charter Schools Conference. The conference runs from March 14-17 at the Long Beach Convention Center. You can find us at Booth #1533 in the Exhibit Hall. The theme of this year’s conference is March to One Million, signifying CCSA’s goal of having one million students in California’s charter schools by 2022. The program’s keynote speakers are Dr. Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize, and TV personality Soledad O’Brien.…

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