#languages4schools Year 2 – FAQs

What is the #languages4schools Year 2 project?

The #languages4schools Year2 project was initiated by Rosetta Stone for pupils in London based primary schools and the initial competition for schools runs until November 28, 2014. This is how it works:

1. State-funded primary schools in London tell us why 30 of their pupils should benefit from a FREE language-learning solution for a year. Easy registration is possible via following link: http://www.rosetta-stone-blog.com/languages4schools-registration/

2.   The closing date is November 28, 2014. An independent jury will select 5 winning schools, who will receive free language-learning licences for 30 of their pupils.

3.   The winners will be announced in the week after the closing date (November 28, 2014).

4.   Pupils of the winning schools can start learning a new language from December, 5, 2014 for one year and can talk about their language-learning success here.

Why was the #languages4schools Year 2 project initiated?

Rosetta Stone believes that anyone at any age can learn to speak a new language as naturally as they learnt their first. Results from a Rosetta Stone survey in the UK revealed that six in ten respondents think that languages are not given enough significance in education, with almost 75% of people admitting they regret not placing more importance on language learning when they were younger.

Giving pupils the opportunity to explore a language when they are young will not only increase the understanding of other cultures, but also open the door to new opportunities when older.

The recent CfBT Language Trends study 2013/14 reveals that there is still a great deal to be done to convince school leaders, parents and pupils themselves of the value of languages. Particularly with the new National Curriculum which will come into force in September 2014, making a language offering compulsory in primary schools.

Rosetta Stone has many ongoing education initiatives supporting language learning around the globe. The #languages4schools project sets out to support language learning programmes in schools and motivates students from an early age to learn a language.

When can schools register to be in for a chance to win languages for their school?

State-funded primary schools based in London can register here. The last day of registration is November 28, 2014. Please see T&Cs for further information.

How many languages are given away?

Every school is in for the chance to win 30 licences. The project leader can decide how to distribute the licences among the students. Schools often like to initiate competitions among pupils in order to make them aware of the prize. A dedicated Rosetta Stone team can give advice on how to best implement the language learning solution in school. Every licence gives access to German, Spanish, Italian, French, Arabic or Mandarin every single pupil can choose from. The project leader will be able to monitor the learning progress via our administrator tool, the Rosetta Stone Manager.

Which schools can take part?

State-funded primary schools based in London can take part. Additionally,

  1. The primary school proves through in-school and extracurricular activities that other cultures, customs and languages are fostered and cultural understanding is nourished at the school.
  2. The primary school is used to employ communication tools like Social Media.
  3. A dedicated teacher at the primary school is in charge of language provision and all language related initiatives.

What is the prize?

The prize for a school is a set of 30 licences for pupils of the Rosetta Stone language-learning solution. The programme can be accessed by a student, who receives individual access details, to learn German, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Mandarin. Find out more about Rosetta Stone Foundations®  here.

Who is the independent jury?

The independent jury consists of Rosetta Stone Management and representatives of our partner institution for this year’s competition, the Speak to the Future campaign team.

How are the winners chosen?

The independent jury will select the best entry of the participating schools based on following criteria:

The primary school will hand in a short paragraph highlighting why their pupils should benefit from a free one-year Rosetta Stone access. The jury will judge based on following criteria

  1. Creativity of the contribution (min 200 words): Catchy title, good presentation of the school and examples that underpin the interest in languages of staff and pupils, creative, but realistic examples how Rosetta Stone, or language-learning in general can become part of the school’s curriculum.
  2. Bonus: Availability of an image / video (min 300 dpi): An image of your school, a language or cultural event, or from a school trip abroad etc.

What happens after November 28, 2014?

The winning schools will be contacted by a dedicated Rosetta Stone employee, who will help to set up the language-learning solution in the school.

What we expect from the winning schools?

The school nominates a project leader / admin who will be the person of contact for Rosetta Stone. This project leader will coordinate the school license deployment, distribution of licences to students, technical instalment and he/she ensures the continuous usage during the 1-year licence donation. He will be the main contact for the Rosetta Stone team throughout the donation year.

What are the system requirements (IT) for the school to implement the language-learning solution?

Rosetta Stone utilizes technologies commonly used in online learning. Many clients can use these applications within their networks and on their computers as currently configured. However, some clients may need to adjust proxy server or end-user computer settings. Please contact us for detailed information on system requirements.

What are the benefits for the school?

– Provides participating schools with a platform to help engage and motivate pupils new to the school

– Helps to raise awareness of modern languages as a necessary skill for the future. Pupils learn to appreciate the value of language skills.

– Provides technology-enabled additional teaching support to language teachers, to help them respond to today’s ‘digital natives’ and their learning needs.

– Provides pupils with a choice of modern world languages to learn at time and place that fits their schedule (so it compliments their school life)

–  Participating schools are seen to be taking proactive steps to address the language-learning gaps by getting exposure to media and the public via Rosetta stone media effort (press release, blog, social media)

– Schools can share their “language story” with the wider public together with Rosetta Stone and Speak to the Future.