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Adult Language Learning Is the Focus at COABE 2015

Rosetta Stone will be presenting the latest digital learning solutions at the 2015 edition of the Commission on Adult Basic Education’s annual conference. The convention runs from April 21st to the 24th in Denver, Colorado. You can find us in booth #100 in the Exhibit Hall. With over 1,500 adult educators in attendance, COABE is one of the largest gatherings in the field. Reflecting that size, there will be 24 preconference and more than 300 concurrent sessions from which to choose. We’re excited to show attendees and guests how the Rosetta Stone® Language Learning Suite for Higher Education aligns with…

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Beware of the Blind Spot: HR’s View on Language Skills

This is the fifth post in a series centered around crafting an effective language strategy for your business, featuring the work of Harvard Business School professor and former vice chairman of Goldman Sachs, Robert Steven Kaplan. As the global economy becomes more multilingual and multicultural, language skills are becoming valued by HR departments around the world—for good reason. That being said, in their rush to find people skilled in a certain language, HR and hiring managers alike can overlook ways to acquire and train the most useful talent as well as be more efficient in their own processes. Missing the forest…

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Fitting Language Into Your Firm’s Value Proposition

This is the fourth post in a series centered around crafting an effective language strategy for your business, featuring the work of Harvard Business School professor and former vice chairman of Goldman Sachs, Robert Steven Kaplan. There is a famous quote attributed to former German chancellor Willy Brandt: “If I’m selling to you, I speak your language. If I’m buying, dann müssen Sie Deutsch sprechen.” Over the course of the “flattening” of the world’s economy, many firms have taken his advice to heart, thinking that they need to speak the language of every market in which they hope to enter.…

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Points to Remember When Lobbying for Language Learning Opportunities

World Language Path to Success Series – Part 3 This post is the third of four in a series that seeks to advance the conversation of the importance of world language learning in the nation’s schools and how the Rosetta Stone® Language Learning Suite can help. The implications of language learning for secondary students reach far beyond the ability to speak a new language. Unfortunately, world language programs were hit particularly hard by the recent economic downturn. It’s important to let stakeholders know of the implications of language learning that go beyond the language classroom. Let’s go into depth about the benefits…

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Presenting the Latest in Language Learning at AACC 2015

Rosetta Stone is proud to have a presence at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) 95th Annual Convention. The event runs from April 18th to the 21st in San Antonio, Texas. You can find us in booth #622 in the Exhibit Hall. With over 2,000 attendees, AACC is the largest gathering of community college presidents and senior administrators in the country. The keynote speakers of the conference include bestselling author and columnist Malcolm Gladwell and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. We’re excited to present the latest innovations in language learning, including the Rosetta Stone® Language Learning Suite for Higher…

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Misjudging Talent: Too Much Emphasis on Language Skills, or Not Enough?

This is the third post in a series centered around crafting an effective language strategy for your business, featuring the work of Harvard Business School professor Robert Steven Kaplan. In the previous post in the series, about adopting a lingua franca for your business, one of the points covered was that it puts an emphasis on language skills for your organization. This could be positive, putting everyone on the same page. It can also start making people in the organization overvalue language skills when evaluating talent. It’s not impossible to train people in a new language. In fact, it’s easier…

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Top 10 Ways to Integrate Effective Language Learning Technology in the World Language Classroom

World Language Path to Success Series – Part 2 This post is the second of four in a series that seeks to advance the conversation of the importance of world language learning in the nation’s schools and how the Rosetta Stone® Language Learning Suite can help. With a flexible solution like the Rosetta Stone Language Learning Suite, there are plenty of ways to enhance the world language classroom. Here are the ten best: Increased speaking practice – In the typical in-person classroom, only one student can speak with the teacher at a time. With the Language Learning Suite, students can practice…

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Upcoming Webinar—Accelerate English Language Learner Success: Using Blended Learning To Complement Classroom Instruction

Blended learning offers the opportunity to transform classroom instruction for all students, but particularly those who have been classified as English Language Learners (ELLs). Online systems offer anytime/anywhere access that can multiply instruction time and bolster a student’s burgeoning skills. Berks Technical Institute has found that out first-hand. BTI observed that their students came into the Institute with the requisite English reading and writing skills for technical work, but lacked the speaking skills that would be the difference in their careers. They’ve found instructional design elements, leveraging Rosetta Stone® Foundations for Higher Education and the English Language Foundation courses, that build…

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Adopting a Lingua Franca: Pros & Cons

This is the second post in a series centered around crafting an effective language strategy for your business, featuring the work of Harvard Business School professor Robert S. Kaplan. Multinational companies throughout history—either by choice or necessity—have adopted a lingua franca, or a common language. It might have been Greek, Latin, Spanish or, these days, English. It’s an important decision, but do you really need it? Let’s look at some pros and cons. Pros The obvious benefit to adopting a lingua franca is streamlining the language strategy of the organization. As the company expands internationally, incoming employees will understand that…

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Why Your Business Needs a Language Strategy

This is the first post in a series centered around crafting an effective language strategy for your business featuring the work of Harvard Business School professor Robert Steven Kaplan. You’ve seen your business grow into markets you wouldn’t have dreamed of when you first started out. You’re very proud that you’ve been able to onboard people from around the world, who bring languages and cultures that just add to your organization’s melting pot. This is what a business in the 21st century is supposed to look like. Not so fast, says Harvard Business School professor Robert Steven Kaplan. All of…

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