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New White House Budget Includes Funds for ELL Education and Community Outreach

In the FY 2016 budget the White House just submitted to Congress, funding for ELL education and outreach was increased $36 million to $773 million overall. With that increase in funding comes a new plan for addressing the nation’s fastest-growing segment of the student population. “The target here is to shift our language in how we describe English-learners from a deficit approach to one that is asset-based…to really look at English-learners as a national asset and investment in contrast to thinking of English-learners as a problem or challenge coming to our school districts,” said Libia Gil, the head of the…

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Rosetta Stone Proudly Exhibiting at SHRM 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition

Rosetta Stone will be proudly exhibiting and giving a presentation at this year’s SHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition. The conference runs from Sunday, June 28th to Wednesday, July 1st in Las Vegas. With over 200 concurrent sessions and 700 exhibitors, SHRM is the largest human resources event in the world. This year’s featured speakers include the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, “Coach K” Mike Kzryzewski, as well as the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, Mika Brzezinski, worldwide speaker Marcus Buckingham, and television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz. The SHRM 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition is closed with a performance from…

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Adult ESL Strengthens Parental Involvement

Many communities are experiencing a non-English-speaking population boom. This cultural shift can lead to parents and other adults feeling intimidated about participating in their child’s new school community. Offering adult ESL classes with the Rosetta Stone® Community Solution for K-12 can help. Just as students experience the power of blended learning in their language-learning classroom, the adults in the school community—including parents, guardians, and staff—can learn language skills that help them connect. Our scalable online language-learning solution: Offers English, Spanish, and five additional world languages The language needs of the school community are as diverse as its people. It’s important…

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Adidas Group’s New Way of Working: The Evolution?

GLOBAL BUSINESS EXPERTS SERIES Time is a continuum, and so are people-oriented initiatives the Adidas Group implements and instills within our company. In our previous five-year plan, we launched an initiative to instill a New Way of Working (NWOW) and built it around five key factors to influence our environment and our culture. These were: Open and honest Fact-based Non-political Collaborative Efficient The desire was that, one day, the NEW way of working would just be THE way of working and true success would be when we no longer needed to even mention it. It would just be part of…

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Bringing HR and Lines of Business Together: Cynthia and Jack’s Survey and Map Results

This is the final post in a series focusing on two personas in a high-tech manufacturing company, the head of HR and the Global Managing Director, using the Rosetta Stone Driving Global Readiness Toolkit to improve the language skill set of the company’s employees and helping to fulfill the strategic goals of both departments. The first part of the Global Readiness Talent Map focuses on where the company is currently in terms of international presence and where plans have it going next year, three years, and five years from now. Jack fleshes out that information based on current existing plans…

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Bringing HR and Lines of Business Together: Cynthia and Jack Complete the Survey and Talent Map

This is the fourth in a series focusing on two personas in a company, the head of HR and the Global Managing Director, using the Rosetta Stone Driving Global Readiness Toolkit to improve the language skill set of the company’s employees and helping to fulfill the strategic goals of both departments. Jack and Cynthia first look at the Global Readiness Talent Survey. It asks respondents to rate their current language skills and cultural knowledge, which languages would be of most use to them in their work responsibilities, and what their lack of language skills in the target language has meant…

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Connecting Internationally Isn’t a Spectator Sport

GLOBAL BUSINESS EXPERTS SERIES: Should you ignore headquarters while travelling on international business? While international travel has its own ups-and-downs, international business travel has more. Not only are you dealing with other cultures, cuisines and customs, all of which have their unique challenges, more often than not you may find yourself juggling a very hectic on-the-ground schedule with that constant nagging pressure to be on conference calls with headquarters or clients and manage business back at the office. At least that’s the way I’ve often felt. Having done business, lived, or studied in nearly 90 countries on six continents, it’s…

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Building English Language for Adult Learners

For some adult learners, an in-person ESL class is simply not possible. Many potential students work multiple jobs, care for children, or attend classes at night in other fields. That’s why technology-based distance learning can be a boon for your adult ESL plan. Today’s language-learning technology, pioneered by Rosetta Stone, goes much further than vocabulary acquisition. Students can practice pronunciation, develop cultural awareness, and build confidence in their English skills. Sweetwater Union High School District in Chula Vista, CA experienced these benefits first hand. They share their story in our success story, Building English Language for Adult Learners. In it,…

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10 Tips for Language Learners to Avoid the Summer Slide

Summer gives students (and teachers) a well-deserved break from a stressful school year. But it can also cause students to forget 22 percent or more of what they learned over that school year in what’s called the “summer slide”. It takes a teacher a month of review at the beginning of the next year just to get students caught back up. The stakes are even greater for language learners, who need more consistent practice to keep their skills sharp. Here are 10 tips for helping language learners avoid the slide. 1. Don’t let them veg. The slide is worse for…

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Bringing HR and Lines of Business Together: Cynthia and Jack Discuss Their Vision for the Company

This is the third in a series focusing on two personas in a company, the head of HR and the Global Managing Director, using the Rosetta Stone Driving Global Readiness Toolkit to improve the language skill set of the company’s employees and helping to fulfill the strategic goals of both departments. When Jack first brings up his view on the company’s language learning needs to Cynthia, he’s surprised to find out that she’s already been thinking about the same thing. “I’ve seen how you’ve expanded the business internationally over the years and wondered if we had the right people for…

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