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September 6, 2012
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  Corporate & Government Spotlight 
  • Companies offer limited language education for workers abroad
    Knowing the local language is the best way for expatriates to communicate effectively with team members, but a limited number of companies abroad offer language-training resources. In a survey conducted by Rosetta Stone and the Forum for Expatriate Management, only 37% of those surveyed said their companies provided language education. "With an average of $400,000 spent on relocating an expat and family, it's imperative that organizations arm their expats with all the skills needed to succeed, and that includes languages," Rosetta Stone's Judy Verses said. The Telegraph (London) (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diplomat to get language training to prepare for new adventure
    Jennifer Goldstein is taking a lifetime of world traveling and applying it to a new career at the U.S. State Department. She will attend the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Va., to learn French in preparation for a two-year stint in Congo-Brazzaville. The intensive classes will have her speaking and reading her new language for hours at a time. OakPark.com (Illinois) (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Language Education Update 
  • Gap exists between foreign-language-learning hopes, reality
    A majority of Europeans believe speaking a foreign language is important and key to students' futures, according to a Eurobarometer survey. However, data show that only 42% of students tested in various countries are competent in one foreign language. Androulla Vassiliou, European commissioner for education and culture, recommends improving teaching in order to address the learning gap. "Being able to communicate in a foreign language broadens your horizons and opens doors; it makes you more employable and, in the case of businesses, it can open up more opportunities in the Single Market," Vassiliou said. The Financial (Georgia/Ukraine) (6/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Number of students studying abroad has surged
    The number of Americans studying at foreign colleges has increased threefold over the past 20 years, according to a 2011 report by the Institute of International Education, and the number of students going to China, in particular, has increased. Many expect the numbers to continue to grow. "U.S. students are increasingly aware of the need to obtain more practical skills, foreign language skills and cultural experiences," says Rajika Bhandari of the Institute of International Education. The Oakland Tribune (Calif.) (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Training & Technology 
  • Community boosts English-language learning for refugees
    About 2,500 refugees have moved to the Fargo, N.D., area in recent years, and Rotary Club members are trying to help them with an initiative called Project English. The program uses Rosetta Stone software and one-on-one mentoring to immerse the residents in their new language. "Go Rotary and go Rosetta Stone," said Vonnie Sanders, director of the Fargo School District's English Language Learners program. "We couldn't do it alone. We need the help of the community." Daily Globe (Worthington, Minn.) (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Officials in Taiwan promote the value of being multilingual
    French and German representatives in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei issued a declaration to encourage the country to promote foreign-language education. They said strengthening foreign-language capabilities is critical to making Taiwan an important player in world affairs. "Young students at an early stage can significantly broaden their horizons through the learning of languages," the declaration said. The Taipei Times (Taiwan) (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Free business webinar: The Extinction of Salespeople
    Today's global and multicultural economy offers unprecedented opportunities to expand your business and increase sales revenues in rapidly growing markets at home and abroad -- if your company's executives, leaders and managers understand how to operate effectively in this complex business environment. This exclusive online seminar will feature Nick Harrison-Mendez, international sales and management expert with FranklinCovey's Sales Performance Practice. Nick will share insights and strategies to elevate your company's performance in the highly competitive and diverse global economy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free education webinar: Language Learning -- Implementing Effective Programs
    In this webinar, Rosetta Stone will highlight case studies describing how schools and districts have successfully implemented language learning programs using Rosetta Stone. We will also discuss how our solutions allow you to deliver language learning on a scalable platform designed to support your educational objectives. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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