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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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5 Invented Words Used in Everyday Language

Ever wonder where some of the words you use every day came from? Bet you didn’t know that even some of the most common words you hear and use on a daily basis have their origins in literature. It’s well known that Shakespeare was one of the most prolific inventors of new words that eventually became a part of our everyday vernacular—phrases like “heart of gold,” “good riddance,” and even the best intro to a joke ever! “Knock knock!” “Who’s there?” But his aren’t the only words that have an indelible presence in contemporary English. Let’s take a look at…

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Four Things I Learned—besides my New Language—While Learning a New Language

A great moment during my time in Paris. Guest post by Kelly Doscher I went back to school when I was thirty-two years old—finally realizing that I really couldn’t go through my professional life without a degree. Much to the chagrin and bewilderment of my family and friends, I decided to pursue a degree in French language and French literature. Except for a choice few friends and colleagues, the overarching question I got—especially from my CPA father—was, “What are you going to do with a French degree?” To be perfectly honest, I had no plans. It…

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HR Is Going Mobile

In the Internet age, management is constantly being faced with new technologies to ameliorate the HR process. From corporate training programs to performance evaluations, online tools have surfaced to provide a variety of functions for HR professionals. One area that has seen much development and recent adoption in the management office is mobile technology. Apps have sprung up for everything from recruiting to payroll management. As the rest of the world continues to go mobile, it will be more important than ever for HR to understand how to best implement this developing technology in order to keep up with their…

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How To Lead For Retention, Innovation, And Cooperation

Being a manager is about more than making hiring decisions and disseminating policy. Driving performance in employees is a multifaceted challenge that requires a variety of worker-facing attitudes and values to create a corporate culture that is productive, unified, and happy. Responsive and compassionate management can overcome many pervasive workplace issues, from turnover to engagement to workplace cooperation. While some manager and HR professionals attempt to address such issues at an employee level, cultivating a company culture founded on good business communication skills and empathy is a far more effective way to create the workplace you want, and it’s a…

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