|[April 23, 2012]
Rosetta Stone® Launches New Language-Learning Solution for K-12 Market
ARLINGTON, Va. --(Business Wire)--
Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST), a leading provider of technology-based
language-learning solutions, today launched the TOTALe® PRO platform for
K-12 at the 72nd National School Board Association annual conference in
Rosetta Stone's award-winning classroom programs have been used by more
than 20,000 schools. TOTALe PRO, Rosetta Stone's newest educational
solution, now provides an even more advanced platform for the K-12
market. The TOTALe PRO platform combines interactive software with live
online coaches who are native speakers, online educational games and
activities, mobile apps for tablets and smartphones, adaptable
administrative tools and proactive support services. The new solution
was designed with a high degree of flexibility and scalability to
accommodate programs focusing on English Language Learners and foreign
languages, whether in an individual classroom, a district or an entire
TOTALe PRO for K-12 is Rosetta Stone's most comprehensive
language-learning platform, helping students to develop four key
skills-speaking, reading, writing and listening-by leveraging
interactive technologies to replicate elements of the immersion
environment in which people learn their first language. The superior
technology, services and learning opportunities offered by
Rosetta Stone's TOTALe PRO platform ensure that students are equipped
with the language skills needed to succeed.
In a recent third-party evaluation, researchers found that the Rosetta
Stone TOTALe® solution positively impacted students' language abilities
in a number of areas. 94 percent of students increased their oral
proficiency by one or more levels as measured by a customized Oral
Proficiency Interview based on and similar to ACTFL Oral Proficiency
Interview (OPI), and many participants studying Spanish achieved
native-like proficiency on a variety of non-English sounds. Students
also made significant improvements from pretests to posttests with a
variety of linguistic structures and vocabulary items. In regard to
listening-proficiency skills, 71 percent of Spanish and 55 percent of
Mandain learners increased at least one level as measured by the
National Online Early Language Learning Assessment (NOELLA). This
information is further detailed in the 2011 study titled "The learning
outcomes of 'Rosetta Stone's TOTALe with elementary school-aged
children: Mandarin and Spanish," which can be found at RosettaStone.com/k12study.
"A multilingual education prepares students to compete and succeed on a
global level," says Judy Verses, president of Global Institutions at
Rosetta Stone. "For nearly two decades Rosetta Stone has been an
advocate of the blended learning model, and with TOTALe PRO for K-12,
teachers and administrators are able to leverage technology to enable
students to learn foundational language on their own, giving teachers
more class time to engage with students and take them further in their
language education. We selected the NSBA for the launch of our new
classroom solution because they have a community of leaders who are
committed to student success and who recognize the importance of
innovation in the classroom."
Rosetta Stone TOTALe PRO for K-12 incorporates the following components:
Rosetta Course® The award-winning self-study software, complete
with proprietary speech-recognition technology, enables students to
learn to speak, understand, read and write-all without translation or
Rosetta Studio® Studio Coaches who are native speakers of the
new language converse with students directly and facilitate live,
interactive conversations in an online environment with other students
at the same level.
Rosetta World®. Students practice their new language online
using interactive games and stories that are designed for their
learning level. These activities build confidence, increase interest
and add valuable reinforcement to language learned in Rosetta Course
TOTALe Course™ HD, TOTALe Companion™ and Audio Companion®.
Students can continue building their language skills with innovative
mobile applications built for iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® and select
Android (News - Alert)™ devices, or they can review on the go with Audio Companion
for MP3 players.
Rosetta Stone Manager™. Management tools deliver powerful
functionality for teachers to add students and monitor overall student
progress. Reports can be easily generated for each student or class to
help teachers differentiate instruction and measure student engagement.
Customer Success Services. The Rosetta Stone team partners with
schools and districts throughout the implementation process. From
systems integration to implementation and from ongoing teacher support
to management and reporting, Rosetta Stone's account managers leverage
20 years of experience in the K-12 educational market to deliver
robust services and maintain engagement.
About Rosetta Stone Inc.
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides interactive solutions and cutting-edge
technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. Rosetta
Stone's proprietary learning techniques are acclaimed for the power to
unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone. The company
offers many languages, from the most commonly spoken, like English,
Chinese (Mandarin) and Spanish, to the less widely used, like Swahili
and Filipino (Tagalog). Rosetta Stone solutions are used by schools,
businesses, global organizations and millions of individuals in more
than 150 countries throughout the world. The company was founded in 1992
on the core beliefs that learning a language should be natural and
instinctive and that interactive technology can replicate and activate
the immersion method powerfully for learners of any age. The company is
based in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit RosettaStone.com.
"Rosetta Stone," "Rosetta Course," "Rosetta Studio," "Rosetta World" and
"TOTALe" are registered trademarks of Rosetta Stone Ltd.
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