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Language Makes International Medical Cooperation Possible

Just as in every other facet of our lives, medicine has become more connected internationally. Healthcare workers of previous generations who may have only collaborated at conferences have given way to doctors, researchers, support staff, and others who provide health services around the world daily. Global health is key to prosperity, security, and culture. It is easier for medical emergencies to spread across borders, meaning that medical personnel often have to communicate with other countries on relatively short notice. This makes language skills vital when addressing these emergencies. Language efforts can take two forms: training healthcare workers in needed languages…

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The Imperative for Spanish in Healthcare

Of the U.S. residents who are finding themselves able to access healthcare for the first time under the Affordable Care Act, a considerable percentage speak Spanish at home–10.2 million Spanish-speaking residents who were previously uninsured are expected to enter the healthcare market in the coming years. Unfortunately, this exposes a weakness in the nation’s healthcare providers: a lack of personnel who can converse effectively in Spanish. According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, there were only 105 Spanish-speaking physicians for every 100,000 Hispanic patients. This creates obstacles across the spectrum of healthcare. There is, of course, an increased chance…

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[Live Stream] Making Language Learning a National Priority

Should school districts commit to a comprehensive K-12 language-learning initiative? Where do postsecondary students fit into the language picture? Are businesses realizing the strategic value of a multilingual workforce? Find out the answers to these questions by live streaming Advocating for Change: Connecting Our Nation Through Language, an education roundtable taking place on May 17 in Arlington, VA. Click to register for live streaming of Advocating for Change: Connecting Our Nation Through Language How can we better equip our students and our workforce with the language skills they need to thrive in a global economy? Demand for language skills grows…

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The Most Powerful Language in the World: English

English adds to global success.  We are unlikely to be surprised when we learn that a company is now doing business globally, or here in the United States for the first time. Technology, markets, and cultures naturally draw people and businesses together. When that happens, using English is still a common way to communicate. Many reasons tip us off to reasons for using English when you power up your first impression around the globe. Even with 500 million fewer native speakers than Mandarin, English takes the #1 spot based on opportunities using English creates, even globally. English ranked the highest…

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5 Free Classroom Printables Teachers and Students Will Love

Teacher Appreciation Week offers one big national chance to come together and recognize teachers during their special week. Along with so many other boosters, from parents to peers, we appreciate the talent and knowledge teachers share with their students every day. This year, we’ve created fun (and free!) resources teachers can use in their classrooms for themselves and others to give student engagement a little boost. These great printable resources are available online for easy downloading, both to enhance teachers’ classrooms and to add fresh activities for their students, including: Class Reward Coupons teachers can print to recognize hard work and…

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[Webinar] Successful Language Learning in Out-of-School Time

Rosetta Stone invites you to its upcoming webinar, “Access is Everything: Successful Language Learning in Out-of-School Time”, to be presented Tuesday, May 9, from 3:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. EDT. This live session will be led by Preetom Bhattacharya, Coordinator EL, Title I, Special Programs and Services at Huntington Beach City School District, CA. Join us as he shares: Why extending access to language learning makes sense Tips to establish an out-of-school language-learning program Strategies to boost student engagement Register for Access is Everything: Successful Language Learning in Out-of-School Time. School districts have limited time and resources to devote to…

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[Guide] 5 Steps to Successful Language Training

We recently teamed up with our friends at Forbes Insights to conduct a survey of more than 200 executives around the world about the current language needs in enterprise and what companies are doing to meet their goals. Those results are available in the new comprehensive report, Best in Class: How Enterprises Succeed with Language Learning Programs. Not only did the survey reveal the current language challenges facing companies, but what successful firms are doing to make themselves more competitive in this multinational economy. We’ve taken those results and formulated them into a 5-Step Guide to Successful Language Training. We start…

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The Need for Differentiated Early Warning in ELL Education

The English Language Learner population in the United States is statistically four times as likely to drop out of school than their English-speaking counterparts. Naturally, that group comes under scrutiny when schools try to make plans for the future and determine future graduation rates. To do this, many schools use early warning indicators derived from previous test scores, formative assessment, and other educational artifacts from a student’s school career. But one new study has found that early warning systems that may work for the general population are greatly inaccurate when trying to measure the likelihood of an ELL dropping out.…

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The 2nd Most Powerful Language in the World: Mandarin

Mandarin opens doors in China.  Closing in on one billion native speakers, Mandarin is #2 on the list of the world’s 10 most powerful languages. Taking into account China’s giant economy, the sheer number of native speakers, and the country’s importance on the world stage, it’s no surprise that Mandarin has such a high ranking on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Power Language Index. On the Index, language usefulness is measured by many indicators, including the number of countries a language is spoken in; the land area where a language is predominantly used; various GDP totals; and contributions to culture,…

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[Video] Making the Most of EdTech for ELLs

The nation’s population of students classified as English Language Learners is expected to make up one third of the US public school enrollment within a decade. Every district is at its own state of readiness when it comes to this fast-growing challenge, which means any solution considered should take the district’s needs into account. Our new video, ELL Solutions for K-12, discusses how that goal is accomplished and the benefits you can bring to your students. These ELL students swelling our schools come to us with varying skill sets, from a high level of proficiency that only needs help in…

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