According to Rosetta Stone, only 18% of K-12 students study a world language - at a time when today's students face a global future where language skills and global competency will have direct impact on career success.
Parents , however, place a high value on language learning, with 57% believing that speaking another language is a critical skill for their children's future. So do employers, who are attracted to the flexibility and insight multilingual talent represents.
Students with world language skills will be prepared to compete for global jobs, fully engage in a world of greater diversity, manage multicultural; colleagues, and collaborate on global teams.
Integrating technology into the world language classroom:
This eBook from Rosetta Stone includes stories and statistics from some of their US-based school clients who explain how technology has improved learning outcomes in their world language classroom.
The Academy for International Education (AIE), Miami-Dade County School District, needed a language-learning program to build bilingualism among all students through focusing on biliteracy in their native language.
AIE wanted to combine technology with pedagogy for a blended solution that would drive success of the program.
Through independent study in designated computer labs, students were assigned the Rosetta Stone Language Lessons Version 3 for K-12 solution. This was done on average 4-5 days per week for 20-30 minutes per session.
Focusing on strengthening all skills of the learner's native language, the academy was able to leverage this skill development to enhance outcomes in the English language classroom.
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According to Rosetta Stone, research shows that nearly all K-12 teachers want parents to participate more in classroom activities.
The reverse is often true, too: Many parents would like to have a more visible, active presence in the education community.
In many school communities, it takes the involvement of students, teachers, and families to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard and valued—and that requires English language proficient parents.
It is often impractical for EL parents to acquire English language skills on their own. Therefore, schools turn to EdTech tools to bridge the language gap and give EL parents access to efficient language learning instruction.
A recent eBook explored how a tech-enabled English language program for EL parents empowers them, involves them in their students’ schoolwork, and strengthens community ties.
Parents who speak English well can participate in their students’ academic work. According to an article from the American Psychological Association, research links parent engagement and educational outcomes such as attendance, grades, and scores.
Higher graduation rates
An independent study on parental involvement found that parent participation in school functions had a positive influence on students, reflected in graduation and postsecondary enrolment rates.
EL-proficient parents can reinforce school lessons, attitudes, and expectations. An EdSource and New America Media report found that better teacher-parent communication improved homework completion rates and increased classroom participation.
Finding the right tools to achieve these laudable goals is paramount. EL parents who improve their English language skills:
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There are also lots of advantages of integrating technology into your language education programs.
Here are our top 5:
According to a report published last year by Dell Technologies, 85 per cent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven't even been invented yet.
With technology undoubtedly driving the majority of change in the workforce, implementing technology into modern education is a no-brainer.
Brining technology into the classroom provides new ways to keep students engaged by immersing them into language learning experiences. Language learning technology can provide diverse experiences and a real-time feedback loop, giving students the instant gratification they're used to in today's connected, fast-moving environment.
The use of technology for language learning in K-12 provides opportunity to extend the learning experience well beyond what is possible with traditional learning methods.
For example, language learning software provides access to learn a variety of languages, opening up a whole new work of possibility to students.
According to Rosetta Stone, 75% of teachers sae technology allows them t motivate students and accomodate various learning styles.
Another 75% of students say they're able to achieve their goals more effectively with the aid of technology.
As digital natives, today’s K-12 students engage and gain language confidence when technology is involved.
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Language is meant to be spoken, and that requires plenty of practice.
Getting students talking from day 1 will prepare them to speak for themselves, anywhere their new language takes them.
Here are 3 steps teachers can take to build students' speaking confidence using Rosetta Stone's language learning technology.
Rosetta stone uses an immersion based learning method to simulate a real-life immersion experience, enabling students to intuitively derive the meaning of each new language concept.
The principles of their immersion method means students will be surrounded with words, images, and the voices of native speakers, and will progress naturally from words and phrases to sentences and conversations.
Rosetta Stone's technology helps students learn to speak with confidence by providing instant pronunciation feed.
Rosetta Stone provides access to native speakers through their Live Tutoring sessions, helping immerse students further into their language learning experience.
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Sydney Catholic Schools believed that new language-learning opportunities would further develop students' literacy and critical thinking skills.
Some of their primary students used their native language other that English, while other students were native English speakers whose family heritage had cultural ties to a world language.
Sydney Catholic Schools did not have the capacity to place language teachers in their primary schools, so sough an enrichment solution that could serve a large number of students with a variety of language interests.
They decided to trial Rosetta Stone Language Learning Suite for K-12 in 18 K-6 primary schools, offering a digital language learning solution with access to 24 languages including English.
This innovation investment provided a number of benefits that include: