Rosetta Stone proudly unveiled its newest product for schools, Rosetta Stone TOTALe PRO for K–12, at the 72nd National School Boards Association annual conference in Boston, April 21-23. A crowd of 800 plus educational leaders and guests of school board members attended the Joint Caucuses Reception during which Tom Adams, chairman of the board for Rosetta Stone, discussed the critical need for language skills in today’s increasingly globalized world.
Tom also shared the remarkable results from a TOTALe PRO efficacy study conducted with elementary students learning Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin). Beyond the official statistics, he talked about how the results were brought to life when four of the students visited Costa Rica to put their new language skills to use. A short video highlighting their adventures was played, and guests were invited to watch the full-length documentary in viewing areas throughout the reception area.
The four students put their TOTALe PRO language skills to work when they connected with the new culture and local residents during their five-day trip. The students explored landmarks like Irazú Volcano National Park, the rainforest, and INBioparque (a site dedicated to conserving biodiversity in Costa Rica); created traditional crafts with artisans in Sarchí; and made fast friends with people they met along the way.
Below, you can check out the video that premiered at the event. And note that a second video, featuring another group of students who traveled to China to connect with its people and culture, is currently in development. Those students, who are studying Chinese (Mandarin) with TOTALe PRO, just returned from their adventure a few weeks ago!
Throughout the conference our team from Rosetta Stone enjoyed amazing conversations regarding the need for school programs to prepare students with global skills for the twenty-first century—including language skills. For more information about our newest product for K-12 download our TOTALe PRO for K-12 Brochure. And be sure to revisit this blog when we share the video of the young language learners on their trip to China.