As the Economist recently stated, a long-overdue technological revolution is at last under way in the education sector. It aims—with the help of technology—to provide students with a more personalised approach to learning instead of working with an outdated education model of “one-size-fits-all”. And that is exactly what Rosetta Stone offers in the language-learning sector for schools: cutting-edge, adaptive technology that adjusts and allows students to learn at their own speed. Additionally, the software gives teachers the opportunity to manage students’ progress and give individual attention tailored to learner’s needs. We asked schools who already work with Rosetta Stone how the implementation of our software has changed language learning for their students.
Personalised Learning – Harrogate Grammar school
Harrogate Grammar School in North Yorkshire introduced Rosetta Stone in 2011. The personalised approach to language learning enables the school to further their long-term vision for students to be proficient in two languages plus their native language by the time they leave. Every language-learning solution for schools comes with the Rosetta Stone Manager™, a tool that gives teachers the opportunity to monitor and manage learners’ progress and identify areas where students may require additional attention, e.g. to improve their pronunciation or grammar skills. The system automatically generates real-time, dynamic reports to support teachers reviewing individual strengths and weaknesses, enabling them to focus on a student’s personal development. Jamie Gutch, Faculty Leader of Harrogate Grammar School’s Modern Foreign Language Department, appreciates the range of possibilities: “Rosetta Stone provides our students with the opportunity to study almost any language they want. That allows us to personalise language learning in a really powerful way.” Harrogate also found Rosetta Stone to be especially effective with special-needs learners, some of whom became the most frequent users of the language courses. Particularly for those that couldn’t participate in a mainstream language lesson, Rosetta Stone provided individualised instruction and a motivating environment.
Increased language choice and student support – Frankfurt International School
Offering a range of languages can give schools a competitive advantage. Frankfurt International School’s (FIS) mission is to be the leading, culturally diverse, and family-oriented international school with English as the principal language of instruction. The school responded to parents’ demand for additional language learning by implementing Rosetta Stone in 2010. Using the solution has increased their students’ ability to meet the credit requirements of the International Baccalaureate (IB). Ian Gulliford, Language Coordinator at FIS, sees a particular advantage for self-conscious students: “Rosetta Stone enables shy students to learn with confidence. Equipped with headset and microphone, they benefit individually from speech recognition, they get feedback and quickly build confidence in their new language.” But not only pupils benefit from the solution. FIS offers a four-week summer programme for local children to learn English and expand their skills. It has also opened up language learning to students’ parents so that they can register to use the Rosetta Stone solution.
Improved learning experience – Norlington School For Boys
The Norlington School For Boys is a small inner-city community school in London. 70% of their students do not speak English as their mother tongue. It is noted as a leading school by school improvement projects across London and was recognized as one of the 100 top schools by the Ministry of State for Schools for achievement by its students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The use of Rosetta Stone provided the school with the means to improve their KS3 scores and GCSEs for limited English proficiency learners. “The solution is very simple in its use, but very powerful at the same time.” says John Hernandez, Head Teacher at the Norlington School for Boys. “Students can access it quickly and learn fast without realizing that they are actually learning.” Additionally to a minimum of three 30-minute language sessions a week, students can use the programme at home or, for those who do not have access to the required equipment, at the school premises. This gives them the opportunity to study additional languages or use the course for their homework.
At all three surveyed schools, implementing Rosetta Stone has improved students’ learning experience and allowed schools to focus on the traditionally weaker oral communication and listening skills. It provided students with additional opportunities to learn a language and improve their communication skills within and outside of the classroom. As the long-overdue technological revolution is at last under way in the education sector, schools using Rosetta Stone might already be one step ahead.