The #languages4schools project gives schools in five UK cities the chance to win Rosetta Stone’s language learning solutions for 30 of their students. We talked to Donavan Whyte, VP of Sales, EMEA Enterprise and Education and co-initiator of #languages4schools at Rosetta Stone about the project, its aims and how learning a language at school can help children for their future.
Why did you come up with the idea of #languages4schools?
We wanted to do something to support and promote language learning in the education space. This is a long term initiative that we would like to expand and develop to a wider audience. We want to keep the importance of language learning on every ones agenda considering that although a high percentage of employers are looking to employ people with conversational language skills, a large number of UK graduates do not speak any other language than English.
What is the project about?
#Language4schools is about giving inner City schools the chance to get access to the best technology based language learning solution. It will give teachers the chance to offer additional teaching to children with different skills. The donation may be of particular help to schools with limited public funding, or who only have a small number of language classes available due to budget.
What are the goals of the project?
We want to raise awareness for the importance of language learning and help improve children’s skills for their future. Rosetta Stone’s language learning solutions may be used to learn Modern Foreign Languages or to facilitate the inclusion of children from non-English backgrounds by providing them with additional training to enhance their English skills. Enabling schools to introduce technology to support language learning also gives them the adequate means to respond to digital natives learning needs.
What is the great thing about being able to learn languages at school?
It is simply the best time to learn a language and the best time to find out if you will continue with your language learning education and take it to the next level. Giving children the opportunity to learn other languages when they are young not only increases their understanding of other cultures, but also opens the door to new opportunities when older, be it when travelling or applying for their first job.