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Webinar: How Workday’s Language Training Leads to Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is one of the primary challenges facing business organizations. Workers desire a workplace that treats them very differently from a generation ago. Today’s workforce wants to grow professionally in their organization. Employees see the international needs in the global economy and want the language skills needed to compete. More than 50 percent of employees desire language and cultural training as part of their employee development program. Workday, a global leader in human resources, found out how to make that strategy work for them and they are sharing it in a new webinar, “Speaking Up: How Workday Employs Language…

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Blended Learning Makes a Difference In Developing Business Leaders

Although it’s more important than ever to develop world-class employees and keep your company’s leadership bench stocked, other responsibilities limit the time available to such pursuits. The average American worker, salaried or hourly, works almost 50 hours per week, which doesn’t leave much time to traditional, in-person training. That’s where blended learning comes in. A mixture of online and in-person training solves a lot of issues that are currently plaguing workplace development. Accommodating the most compact schedules A lot of growth has been seen in the on-demand training space. It makes sense; workers who are too busy to attend in-person…

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Demand is Growing for Bilingual College Grads

The fact that bilingual college graduates are in demand is not a surprise. What might be news is just how much employers covet them. A recent report released by the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies polled employers throughout the northern Illinois area specifically for their opinions on language learning in college. Within five years, half of the employers surveyed are planning to hire more bilingual or multilingual college graduates. Also within five years, 41 percent of businesses believed that the ability to speak more than one language would become an important criterion for employment. That number jumps to…

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Making a Splash at the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

When blended and online learning is the focus, as it is at iNACOL’s 2015 Blended and Online Learning Symposium, you can expect Rosetta Stone Education to be part of the action. This year’s symposium will be held November 8-11 at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. 3,000 educators and leaders will be learning and sharing in more than 200 different sessions. At booth #309 of the Exhibit Hall, we will also be contributing to the conversation. In particular, we will be bringing our message of making language learning accessible to as many students as possible through the Rosetta Stone…

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Creating a Language Immersion Environment in the Classroom

According to a 2011 survey by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), there are close to 500 schools in 38 US states that offer total, partial or two-way immersion programs in 22 different languages. Language immersion is a method of teaching in which the learners’ target language is the vehicle for general classroom instruction; students spend at least 50 percent of their time learning subjects such as math, science, and social studies in their target language. Immersion has proven to be an effective way to develop fluency and skills. Students in these programs often outperform students in traditional foreign language…

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Blended Learning in Groups May Be More Effective

A common mistake among learning and development managers is believing that an investment in blended learning is a “set it and forget it” proposition. As long as employees are using the system correctly, they should be meeting their goals… right? Companies are finding that if they build their blended learning solutions around groups, or even pairs, of employees, that learners are more apt to retain the information. This is thought to be because working with other people as well as online helps learners apply the information to their day-to-day jobs. A recent article in Chief Learning Officer identified three different blended…

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The Long and Winding Road to Language Learning

As a career classroom teacher, I am always on the lookout for things that will challenge and interest my students. These days, it seems technology is the way to go. This current generation has grown up with technology at their fingertips. If you want to know how your latest app works, how to navigate the web or simply get your smartphone to cooperate, ask a kid! Several years ago, I was given the opportunity to help with the installation of new language labs in my district. This might not seem exciting at first glance, but my district was still using…

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A Breakthrough in Early Childhood Language Acquisition

According to researchers from the University of Maryland, language learning in babies is a team effort. In a paper they published in the Journal of Child Language, it was found that babies bring with them an innate ability to identify the breaks between words—a crucial skill when learning a language. Measuring this ability can lead to identifying upcoming speech and language problems for the child. Meanwhile, the researchers also found the most effective way for parents to help their young children learn language. Talking early and often to a baby is valuable, just as conventional wisdom has shown for decades,…

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5 Key Aspects of Cultural Awareness

Although there are many, many differences between American culture and those of the rest of the world, there are a few key disparities that have an impact on our work culture. It is important to increase our awareness of these and other differences as we move toward a more globalized economy in which managers might have to work with people from all over the globe. Although not a definitive list, here are the things your managers should better familiarize themselves with if your business has global aspirations. Language Language skills are an obvious necessity for international success. Even though English…

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Rosetta Stone Solutions for Schools in Crisis

Here is our first post by one of the Rosetta Stone Education team members! Meet Jessica Morales:  We often hear from our teachers that they don’t have time to implement new software into their classrooms. In our schools with the highest-need student populations, the difficulties range from not enough time in the schedule to not enough stability for students throughout the day. There are school systems that can’t count on their teachers to arrive at school every day, where lockdowns occur regularly, and hundreds of unexpected surprises interrupt (and often extend) the teacher’s regular plans. I’d like to suggest that it…

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