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[Infographic] Funding Sources for Language Learning

The country’s schools are now majority-minority and one third of students are expected to be considered English learners by 2020, while only 18% of K-12 students study a foreign language for an average of two years. The economy has rebounded from the recent economic crisis and tax rolls are starting to fill again. Yet, education funding – and language studies in particular – has not recovered. Recently, it was found that per-pupil spending decreased for the third straight year in 2012-13 (the most recent nationwide data we have). That’s not to say that there aren’t significant amounts of money available—if…

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How Confidence Fuels Effective Communication

by Judy Verses, President of Global Enterprise and Education at Rosetta Stone – Confident employees express themselves clearly with internal and external stakeholders. Without speaking confidence, the drive to connect and innovate is stifled—to the detriment of the business. 70% of business learners in a recent survey said their language confidence increased after using a Rosetta Stone® program. That confidence creates momentum that drives business success. Focusing on three key areas can set the stage for that success. Develop deeper workforce intelligence Employee language skills can fall into an organizational blind spot. It’s difficult to stay on top off all…

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Rosetta Stone and Global Citizen Year Build Pipeline of Global Leaders

What if all college freshmen arrived on campus after a transformational global bridge year? What if today’s students arrived not burnt out but with a set of burning questions? Global Citizen Year is on a mission to make a “bridge year” after high school a new rite of passage in American education. The Oakland-based nonprofit immerses a diverse corps of Fellows in communities in Latin America, Africa, and Asia to build self-awareness, global skills, and grit – the foundations for success in college and beyond. The program combines cultural immersion, cross-sector apprenticeships, and leadership training across the arc of a…

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Understanding Cultural Differences Between Seemingly Similar Cultures

Global organizations invest millions of dollars a year on international assignments. One of the critical pieces that more and more companies are including as a part of that investment is cultural training. Over time it’s been proven that international assignments are more successful for both the individual and his/her family, and the organization, when an investment is made to support the adaptation to a new host country’s culture and business environment. But what about when the cultures are similar such as the Canada-U.S., Australia-New Zealand, and the U.K.-U.S.? Is it really necessary to spend the time and money on a…

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[Sweepstakes] Score Swag on Social

Follow us in our social communities and enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win some awesome swag! From Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29, we’ll select and announce a daily winner. Winners will receive a free limited edition Rosetta Stone Swag Pack. Sign up for your chance to make life at work more enjoyable by winning great office goodies. Each Swag pack includes a: Computer messenger bag Adjustable mesh cap Mobile charger Travel coffee mug, and more! To ensure your entry counts for the sweepstakes, simply: (1) Fill out this form AND (2) Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter,…

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The Skill Graduates Need Most

The results of a recent survey capturing the skills employers want most out of their new hires may surprise you. Instead of writing, visual, or electronic communication skills, employers identified speaking as their most desired skill from recent graduates. Verbal skills include interpersonal communication, presenting and listening skills, as well as team or group work. They simply touch more aspects of business life than the others. Electronic skills, while rising in importance as technology affects evermore facets of work, ranked second in the study. 52 employers in the engineering, business, health sciences, and social work fields responded to the survey.…

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The Most Sought-After Skill by Employers Is…

The results of a recent survey capturing the skills employers want most out of their new hires may not surprise you. Instead of writing, visual, or electronic communication skills, employers identified speaking as their most desired skill from recent graduates. Verbal skills include interpersonal communication, presenting and listening skills, as well as team or group work. They simply touch more aspects of business life than the others. Electronic skills, while rising in importance as technology affects evermore facets of work, ranked second in the study. 52 employers in the engineering, business, health sciences, and social work fields responded to the survey.…

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Global Competence: A Gamechanger in Education

Learning a language can open a lot of doors for students, but the door opens much wider when paired with an understanding of global events and how to affect the world around you. That’s why we’ve entered into a partnership with OpenGlobe, the leader in educational content that develops global competence. Recently, OpenGlobe founder Ted Dale joined us for a webinar about global competence, OpenGlobe, and how both can prove to be gamechangers in the world of college and career. Click here to watch the on-demand webinar today.  Ted defines global competence as the possession of the knowledge, skills, and…

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How Closing the Language Skills Gap May Save Your Business Big $$$

Recently, Sheerin Vesin, Rosetta Stone Enterprise & Education’s HR practice lead, contributed an article to CRM Xchange. Here are the highlights: One of our customers, Aspen Skiing Company in Aspen, Colorado, sought to provide their employees with foreign language proficiency. With those skills, their associates would be able to communicate with the multitudes of international visitors that the ski resorts receive every year. For example, ski instructors would be able to communicate more clearly with their students, building trust. These changes fostered brand loyalty amongst the company’s clients. We don’t have to tell you how valuable brand loyalty can be.…

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[NEW eBook] How Language Impacts Business

Corporate training can be a tricky business. Some initiatives can show true value immediately while others remain ambiguous. We wanted to get some deeper insight into just what is happening in today’s workplace. We recently completed the 2016 Rosetta Stone Business Impact Survey. We wanted to know just how valuable corporate language learning is to the people who would know best – our customers! The results of the survey are now available in our new, in-depth ebook, “How Language Impacts Business”. Download the eBook here! 81% of people take some sort of language courses before they start a career, usually…

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