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Why Students Should Learn a New Language

Recently, the UK version of the Huffington Post blog published a list of eight reasons why you should learn a language. Although the list was directed at post-secondary students, some of its insights can be applied to the needs of the K-12 student. Brain Benefits The case for language learning providing a boost for the brain is growing stronger. Critical thinking, multitasking, and problem solving skills (all defined as 21st century skills) are stronger in multilingual people compared to their monolingual cohorts. In this way, the benefits of language learning translate across the curriculum, affecting the student’s other classes. Going…

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[White Paper] Driving Global Readiness: A Road Map

Global readiness—the abilities with which an employee can relate and communicate with colleagues and customers from another culture—will be a key component in their value in the 21st century interconnected economy. That is one of the findings of our white paper, “Driving Global Readiness: A Road Map”. The report comes from our 2015 Rosetta Stone Business Language Impact Study, which yielded significant insights into just how important language skills are becoming in the workplace—even to companies that are not necessarily doing business internationally. In addition to startling data from the survey, the white paper also discusses: How and why most…

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Driving Blended Learning Success in Rural School Districts

The Guthrie Common School District in Texas serves the third-smallest county in the United States. The district’s 100 students does not warrant a full-time world languages teacher, yet the state still requires students to graduate high school with two years of Spanish courses. Guthrie’s solution was to partner with Rosetta Stone to offer a virtual solution. That partnership, and the considerable success that has followed, is profiled in a new case study. Click here to read this informative case study! Guthrie organized its blended learning offerings into the Guthrie Virtual School. Once it was approved by the Texas Virtual School…

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Texting Is Much More Than Meets the Touchscreen

We recently published a blog post entitled “Employee Training in 2016”, where we highlighted some major trends currently taking form in organizational learning. Two of those, international training and language learning, deal directly with the use of language and how it develops. In this entry, we’re exploring some of the current work being done in that field, particularly by Columbia linguistics professor and author John McWhorter. In the near future, adults of a certain age might line up to learn the hot new foreign language. But it won’t be Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. It will be texting. That may be…

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[Free Template] The Global Readiness Toolkit

We believe that one of the premier measures of an employee’s value in the international economy will be global readiness—the ability to communicate and relate with people of different cultures and countries. After all, the world will only become more interconnected as companies seek opportunities across the globe. Perhaps not surprisingly, 90 percent of business line leaders believe their teams have global readiness challenges. Yet, only a third of those leaders try to work with their HR departments on a solution. That is why we came up with the Global Readiness Toolkit, which brings together three assets that, when used…

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Wide Open Spaces

We have a lot of wide open spaces in Guthrie, Texas, which sits in the third least populated county in the nation. There are great big skies, beautiful open range land, and plenty of room for cattle, horses and kids to roam. In our area, there are several rural school districts that serve a relatively small student population. Finding certified and highly qualified teachers is often a struggle in remote West Texas, especially in high need areas such as math, science and foreign language. About five years ago, a group of area school superintendents needed to find a solution for…

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Celebrating Charter Education in California at #CCSACon

Charter schools play an important role in the American education system, particularly in California. That’s why Rosetta Stone is happy to celebrate the success of the movement at the 2016 California Charter Schools Conference. The conference runs from March 14-17 at the Long Beach Convention Center. You can find us at Booth #1533 in the Exhibit Hall. The theme of this year’s conference is March to One Million, signifying CCSA’s goal of having one million students in California’s charter schools by 2022. The program’s keynote speakers are Dr. Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize, and TV personality Soledad O’Brien.…

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Immigration’s Effects on Language Learning in Business

Recently, we published a blog post about the hottest trends expected to hit corporate learning in 2016. Two of those trends, language learning and international training, are affected by one undeniable fact: languages are always changing. And this modern, connected era may provoke the most drastic changes in language ever. John McWhorter, a linguist from Columbia University and an author of several books, including The Language Hoax, recently contributed an article to The Atlantic about how immigration affects the language spoken in places where immigrants settle. Skipping ahead in line Every language has its peculiarities. Those are what tend to…

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Serving the Need of Students in Rural Areas

Recently, Rosetta Stone released a video highlighting one of their most recent success stories. The Guthrie Common School District serves the third-smallest county in the United States. Like other extremely rural school districts, Guthrie lacked the resources to provide instruction in courses outside the core subjects, including world languages. So to help students meet their graduation requirements, which call for two years of Spanish, the district founded the Guthrie Virtual School and collaborated with Rosetta Stone to offer students the flexibility of blended learning. After a time, Guthrie’s solution was approved by the Texas Virtual School Network, which allowed their…

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[Infographic] The New Global Readiness Mindmap

Global readiness—a team’s ability to relate and communicate with colleagues and customers from different cultures and countries—is a major factor in an organization’s success in the 21st century. Ninety percent of business line leaders say their teams face challenges in this area. There’s a new way to find out if you are one of the 90 percent and, more importantly, what to do about it. Our new infographic, the Global Readiness Mindmap, takes a complicated discussion and condenses it into an easy-to-follow series of five yes or no questions that help you find out where your team fits on the…

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