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The ROI of Foreign Language Learning

The Economist’s Prospero blog illuminated a subject that hits close to the heart of most language learners: how much is all this work worth in the long run? Riffing on a Freakonomics podcast covering the same topic that came to the disappointing conclusion that language learning delivered only a 2% increase in income, The Economist came up with some better math. Their answer should serve as a catalyst, not only for people considering learning a new language or the people stewarding language-learning programs in schools, but for also people trying to figure out which language to learn. First, that 2%…

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Four Technology-Enabled Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Technology in the classroom can be a burden or a relief. It can be an element of fear for educators, or an instrument of success for students, faculty, and institutions alike. Following are four approaches to redesigning the learning experience by incorporating technology. Flipped Courses With a flipped course, the type of head-down, solitary, content-related work that was commonly done in a classroom is now given exclusively as homework. This may include videos, reading, webinars, and so on—on any subject. Collaboration and interaction, on the other hand, happen in class. Said another way, quiet, static work is done alone, while students…

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What Immersion Can Mean for Your Language Learning

You may be asking yourself, “Why does language immersion work?” Think of it this way: If you were to find yourself in a foreign country, having no prior knowledge of the language that was spoken there, what would you have at your immediate disposal? Atmosphere: the pervading tone or mood of a place or a situation. What does that mean? The events that are happening around you—the gestures of the people with whom you’re speaking or of those you’re simply observing. Or atmosphere could refer to the visual cues about what things are called in a hotel, in a restaurant,…

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New Research Report Finds that Language Training Improves Job Performance

Today, Rosetta Stone announced the results of a new survey of a cross-section of the company’s 12,000 global enterprise customers. The Rosetta Stone Business Employee Use Insights Survey–released during this week’s Society of Human Resource Management 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando, Florida–finds that both employees and companies benefit enormously from language training programs in the workplace. The Rosetta Stone Business Employee Use Insights Survey reveals that nine in 10 employees believe language training is relevant to their job duties, and 86% report a direct, positive impact on their job performance. As illustrated in the charts below, surveyed employees…

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Rosetta Stone Ultimate Immersion Sweepstakes

Want to practice your Spanish while kicking back on the beach in Mexico this summer? Here’s your chance. Enter our Ultimate Immersion Sweepstakes next week by signing up for a FREE Spanish Helpout and you could win a trip for two to Mexico! Next week, June 23–27, we’ll be hosting our Ultimate Immersion Sweepstakes. During that week, we’ll be offering FREE, twenty-five-minute, instructor-led Spanish language lessons on the Helpouts by Google platform. Five participants of the week’s free sessions will win a Nexus tablet and one lucky grand-prize winner will receive a $3,000 American Express travel voucher, which they can…

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Integrating Social Media to Prepare for the Millennial Workforce

We are on the cusp of a paradigm shift. The first-ever generation of digital natives is entering the workforce, and as millennials start filling positions at companies, some significant cultural differences become apparent. Younger workers enter jobs with both different skill sets and different ideas on social and corporate culture, and companies that don’t adapt face new problems for which they may be unprepared. New Generational Challenges Younger workers enter the workforce with a different set of fundamental skills and competencies than the generations that preceded them. Mobile technology, the web, and social media, while ubiquitous today, didn’t exist 10…

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Avatars, Games & the Cloud: Technology for Global Learning

As companies grow and expand across international borders, new logistical challenges arise when it comes to training and job skills development. The more employees you have working across different offices, the more difficult it is to create and maintain consistent standards in key areas such as employee knowledge, best practices, training protocols, and strategies for customer interaction. Fortunately, recent years have seen developments made across technological fields from mobile to web, even as far as virtual reality, each of which provides employers and HR managers new tools to effectively develop, manage, and administer corporate training to employees on a global…

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Ready! Set! Take the Fit Brains Memory Game Challenge!

Ready? GO!

  Want more brain training games from Fit Brains™? Learn more about Fit Brains’ engaging, challenging, and hard-to-put-down online and mobile brain games. You can also download the free Fit Brains Trainer now and start challenging yourself right away! Available for your mobile iOS and Android devices.    

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Two Critical Benefits in e-Learning Resources

From Adobe to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the education community is discussing a new generation of e-Learning. Across disciplines and sectors, educators are beginning to understand how to leverage the power, and circumvent the challenges, of the latest online learning tools. Steven Mintz started an interesting discussion on InsideHigherEd.com recently about the clear benefits of these tools to instructors in a higher education setting. Today, we’d like to put a spotlight on two of the benefits he touches on: personalization and data-driven adaptive learning. Personalized Learning Many have experienced the impracticalities of a “one size fits all” approach…

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How Do People Say ‘Father’ around the World?

“What does giving a nod to Father’s Day have to do with language?” you may be wondering. Well, beyond wanting to wish a happy Father’s Day to all the dads who learn with Rosetta Stone—and to those who may do so someday—something struck me as being peculiar when I was researching this holiday and the language affiliated with it. When I searched online for the phrase “father in different languages,” the resulting lists that popped up revealed a distinct pattern in what we as a global community call our dads. In some circumstances between similar languages or language families, you’ll…

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