Over the last few weeks we’ve been working with Rosetta Stone to produce “The Next Generation of World Language Learning”. Written by two of our EdTech experts, a researcher, and a world language teacher, this paper reviews the current state of world language instruction. In addition, the authors make the case that world language instruction deserves a mention in the conversation around new standards, assessments and blended learning opportunities.

“The Next Generation of World Language Learning” discusses the opportunities that blended learning creates to improve the number of students who can access high-quality world language instruction by describing a vision of the next generation of world language learning.

Carri Schneider, Director of Policy and Research at Getting Smart, adds, “School and district leaders can harness the power of blended language learning to create a generation of graduates equipped with the language skills to thrive in an interconnected world.”

In case you missed it, last week we released a corresponding infographic – “Next-Gen World Language Learning”.

Please see the full press release copied below.


 Getting Smart and Rosetta Stone Release New White Paper

“The Next Generation of World Language Learning”

Seattle, Wash., October 15, 2013 – Today, in association with Rosetta Stone, Getting Smart published a white paper titled “The Next Generation of World Language Learning” that describes how technology can improve world language instruction and improve college and career readiness.

Authored by Winifred Kehl, Moss Pike, Carri Schneider and Tom Vander Ark, “The Next Generation of World Language Learning” advocates for accessible, high-quality world language instruction for all students, from elementary through high school. The authors–a researcher, a world language teacher and two experts in the field of educational technology, come together to review the current state of world language instruction and to make the case that world language instruction deserves a place in the conversation around new standards, assessments and blended learning opportunities.

Today only about one in five U.S. Students are studying a world language, a vital component of global competitiveness and beyond that, global competency. “The Next Generation of World Language Learning” discusses the opportunities that blended learning creates to improve the numbers of students who can access high-quality world language instruction by describing a vision of the next generation of world language learning.

“Blended world language learning could help address issues of inequitable student access to world language instruction and address issues of cost-effectiveness,” said author Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart. “The growing availability of high-quality online and blended learning resources offer new toolsets and content that can expand student access to world language instruction by complementing or supplementing the current available offerings.”

Schneider, Director of Policy and Research at Getting Smart, adds, “School and district leaders can harness the power of blended language learning to create a generation of graduates equipped with the language skills to thrive in an interconnected world.”

In addition to the paper, the participating organizations also released an infographic called “Next-Gen World Language Learning”.

Download the full paper and learn more on Rosetta Stone’s Education page. Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtags #WorldLanguage, #BlendedLearning, #RosettaStone, and #GettingSmart. Rosetta Stone is also active on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RosettaStoneEducation and Twitter at @RosettaStone.

 

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ABOUT ROSETTA STONE

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone believes that learning to speak a language should be a natural and instinctive process, and that interactive technology can activate the language immersion method powerfully for learners of any age. Rosetta Stone provides solutions for K-12 schools and districts, colleges and universities.

ABOUT GETTING SMART

Getting Smart® is an advocacy firm passionate about innovations in learning. We help education organizations construct cohesive and forward-thinking strategies for branding, awareness, advancement and communication, and public and media relations. We are advocates for better K-12 education as well as early, post-secondary and informal learning opportunities for all students. We attempt to accelerate and improve the shift to digital learning. On GettingSmart.com we cover important events, trends, products, books, and reports.

Rosetta Stone is a Getting Smart Advocacy Partner.

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