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5 Celebrities Who Speak French

It’s always fun, and maybe even a little inspiring, to learn who else speaks your target language. It’s that je ne sais quoi that makes these people just that much more interesting, and by extension, makes you pretty interesting too, right? Bradley Cooper has an impressive command on la langue française, which he perfected in his studies as an exchange student in Provence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfJwfheaG3U   Canadian Sandra Oh attended school in Montreal and, during her ten seasons on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy, showed off her French skills from time to time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SUhB5hcL84   Although Juliette Binoche is a Frenchwoman, you wouldn’t know it for her excellent American-English…

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American Councils Forms New Research Center

American Councils for International Education, one of the great nonprofits working around the globe to expand multicultural and multilingual education, recently announced the launch of the AC Research Center (ARC). Since the 70s, American Councils has organized international exchange programs as well as provided language immersion opportunities, testing and assessment of skills, professional training, community development efforts, and scholarly research. What will happen at the Research Center? The ARC will be devoted to undertaking research that improves the data available for policymakers making decisions about the future of language learning. There are obviously quite a few centers like this for…

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Help International Students Build Language Confidence

Universities across the world are increasing their efforts to recruit international students. They play a major role in internationalizing the campus and usually require little financial aid. Yet many higher education institutions face growing challenges as they help international students integrate comfortably into campus life. The Language Challenge for International Students Most international students pass their introductory language exams. Yet many struggle to keep up in classes, or fully integrate socially with their native-language peers. Students tend to group themselves according to language of choice, without really blending into the native-language student body. As a result, international students sometimes miss…

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Rosetta Stone #SmallerWorld Challenge on Instagram! Week 2

Click Here for This Week’s Challenge Our world is getting smaller every day. Here at Rosetta Stone, we see more and more people learning a new language in order to bridge gaps between people, cultures, and continents. And so we want to give our fans, followers, and language learners another chance to help make this world of ours a smaller, smarter, and more tolerant place. Here’s how we’re going to do it: the #SmallerWorld Challenge Share with us for a chance to WIN! Every Monday for the next 12 weeks, we’ll pose a different challenge calling on you to snap…

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The Cultural History of Tattoos

Who’s got ink? Raise your hand! So, what is a tattoo anyway? Yes, it’s a permanent design on someone’s arm, ankle, or you name it. But why do people indelibly mark their bodies, suffer through pain and bloodshed, and open themselves up for potential social stigma? A PBS documentary answered that question eloquently: “A tattoo is an expression of loyalty and devotion, a tribute of a great feat in battle, or simply a beautification to the body with a distinctive work of art.” Having a tattoo has become so common that according to a 2013 statistic, 36% of people in…

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Flip Your Class for More Engagement and Less Time Wasted

In the traditional language-learning classroom, a professor might lecture or show videos, and then send students home to work things out, solve problems, and experiment. In a flipped classroom, the curriculum gains a technology advantage. Students are assigned video-watching and reading as homework. In class, they collaborate with their professors, and with one another. The approach has been successful at Stanford University, the Kahn Academy, and even at 48 middle schools in Idaho. Why Flip a Course? From noteworthy higher education blogs to messages straight from the White House, the use of technology in education is a hot topic. A…

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‘How Can We Better Support English Language Learners?’ We Have a Few Ideas.

Larry Ferlazzo and Education Week took the opportunity in his Classroom Q&A blog to ask the following: What are the greatest challenges to improving ELL student achievement, and how can we overcome them? What are the best strategies schools can use to close the achievement gap for students with disabilities and English Language Learners? Luckily, we know something about this subject. Fewer than 10% of Americans are fluent in more than one language, and only 25% of elementary schools offered foreign language education in 2008—the ages in which the human brain is best equipped to acquire new language skills. The answer…

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Rosetta Stories – Meet Delaine, Hindi Learner

Millions of people have used Rosetta Stone language-learning systems to take the next step in their personal, professional, and educational goals. We’ve heard so many great stories of accomplishment over the years from people who’ve used Rosetta Stone that we wanted to share some of them with you, our current (and soon-to-be) patrons. Allow us to introduce Rosetta Stories: A place where we’ll highlight the very personal stories and journeys of individuals who have chosen Rosetta Stone to help them attain proficiency in their target languages.   Meet Delaine http://youtu.be/KwFphr58e94   Meet more learners! Grace – French Learner Nuno – Swedish Learner…

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Rosetta Stories – Meet Nuno, Swedish Learner

Millions of people have used Rosetta Stone language-learning systems to take the next step in their personal, professional, and educational goals. We’ve heard so many great stories of accomplishment over the years from people who’ve used Rosetta Stone that we wanted to share some of them with you, our current (and soon-to-be) patrons. Allow us to introduce Rosetta Stories: A place where we’ll highlight the very personal stories and journeys of individuals who have chosen Rosetta Stone to help them attain proficiency in their target languages.   Meet Nuno http://youtu.be/X7zcMsQ9fSI   Meet our other learners! Grace– French Learner Delaine – Hindi…

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Rosetta Stories – Meet Grace, French Learner

Millions of people have used Rosetta Stone language-learning systems to take the next step in their personal, professional, and educational goals. We’ve heard so many great stories of accomplishment over the years from people who’ve used Rosetta Stone that we wanted to share some of them with you, our current (and soon-to-be) patrons. Allow us to introduce Rosetta Stories: A place where we’ll highlight the very personal stories and journeys of individuals who have chosen Rosetta Stone to help them attain proficiency in their target languages.   Meet Grace http://youtu.be/g6WEYqaMFsk   Delaine – Hindi Learner Nuno – Swedish Learner   Visit the…

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