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Upcoming Webinar—Accelerate English Language Learner Success: Using Blended Learning To Complement Classroom Instruction

Blended learning offers the opportunity to transform classroom instruction for all students, but particularly those who have been classified as English Language Learners (ELLs). Online systems offer anytime/anywhere access that can multiply instruction time and bolster a student’s burgeoning skills. Berks Technical Institute has found that out first-hand. BTI observed that their students came into the Institute with the requisite English reading and writing skills for technical work, but lacked the speaking skills that would be the difference in their careers. They’ve found instructional design elements, leveraging Rosetta Stone® Foundations for Higher Education and the English Language Foundation courses, that build…

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Adopting a Lingua Franca: Pros & Cons

This is the second post in a series centered around crafting an effective language strategy for your business, featuring the work of Harvard Business School professor Robert S. Kaplan. Multinational companies throughout history—either by choice or necessity—have adopted a lingua franca, or a common language. It might have been Greek, Latin, Spanish or, these days, English. It’s an important decision, but do you really need it? Let’s look at some pros and cons. Pros The obvious benefit to adopting a lingua franca is streamlining the language strategy of the organization. As the company expands internationally, incoming employees will understand that…

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Why Your Business Needs a Language Strategy

This is the first post in a series centered around crafting an effective language strategy for your business featuring the work of Harvard Business School professor Robert Steven Kaplan. You’ve seen your business grow into markets you wouldn’t have dreamed of when you first started out. You’re very proud that you’ve been able to onboard people from around the world, who bring languages and cultures that just add to your organization’s melting pot. This is what a business in the 21st century is supposed to look like. Not so fast, says Harvard Business School professor Robert Steven Kaplan. All of…

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Top 10 Reasons Why Language Learning is Important for College and Career Readiness

World Language Path to Success Series – Part 1 This post is the first of four in a series that seeks to advance the conversation of the importance of world language learning in the nation’s schools and how the Rosetta Stone® Language Learning Suite can help. There are plenty of reasons why language learning can make the difference in your students’ future prospects. Here are the ten best: Globalized economy – It’s no secret that the economy is becoming more globalized. Companies are increasingly looking for workers who can communicate effectively in foreign locations and conduct international business. Outsourced workers – In…

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Which 5 Traits Make an Employee Culturally Competent?

The idea of cultural competency has taken increased importance as the world’s economies become ever more intermingled. What were once just the skills needed by a company’s “road warrior” executives are now needed by the rank-and-file, who might have employees from many cultures just on their own team. Cultural competency takes many forms, but here are the top 5 traits that you can expect from a culturally competent employee. 1. World-class communication skills Yes, foreign language proficiency is important to having success in communicating on a multicultural level. To paraphrase Nelson Mandela, speaking in your language might go to someone’s head,…

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New Report Seeks to Dispel Misconceptions in Latino Education

The public perception of Latino education in the United States is one of failure and daunting tasks. A new report seeks to dispel that perception. Washington, DC-based think tank Excelencia in Education just released “The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook”, a report with some startling realities about the state of Latino education. The misperceptions For instance, public schools are not flooded with Latino students who cannot speak English. In truth, only 18 percent of Latino students are classified as English Language Learners (ELLs). They are also more likely to enroll in post-secondary education than their white and African…

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Top 5 Traits an Expat Employee Must Possess

With developing markets helping to power a rebounding economy, it’s no surprise that more companies are sending employees on international assignments. In fact, according to a Cartus Relocation study, 57 percent of companies feel their international assignments will increase over the next two years. However, the failure rate for such assignments is estimated at 40 percent. Selecting the right employee for the assignment can go a long way toward making sure you’re in the 60 percent. Here are the personality traits to be looking for. Communication skills Obviously, the ability to speak the language of the host country is ideal…

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3 Free Must-Have Tools to Make Your Workforce Global-Ready

With the demands of the ever-increasing global economy, it’s important to understand just how ready your workforce is to meet those challenges. You might think you have a handle on your employees’ skills in the area of global readiness, but perhaps you aren’t receiving the right information. Our new report, Driving Global Readiness: A Road Map, relays the story of the president of the Kendall-Jackson vineyard finding out during the filming of Undercover Boss that his workers don’t fully understand English. He had no idea because senior management is often not involved in matters of language learning and cultural competency.…

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Pathways to English Language Learner Success Webinar

For the optimists, the growth of the nation’s English language learner (ELL) population is an opportunity to integrate millions of bilingual, culturally skilled students into the US economy. Currently, ELLs represent about 11 percent of the public school population, with that figure projected to grow to 25 percent in the next decade. That being said, there are still many challenges to overcome to make those integration dreams a reality. The first step in any ELL program is improving the students’ language development. It’s an uphill battle, but there are ways to efficiently, effectively close the gap. The Rosetta Stone® Language…

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Rosetta Stone Comes to Your Xbox

Calling all gamers! Playing video games is great cognitive exercise; it helps improve your focus, memory, and ability to multitask. And now with Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages Xbox launch, you can also use a video game to learn a new language. Rosetta Stone’s new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Virtual travel experiences teach you the vocabulary and grammar necessary for real-world interactions. So before you book a flight to a foreign destination, grab your controller. How does it work? You’ll explore several locations in the Discovery Zone and chat with the characters you find there. In…

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