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80% of pupils learnt new language skills in pilot scheme

Preston Community School, a secondary school in Yeovil, Somerset, has boosted its pupils’ language learning skills following a successful pilot scheme of Rosetta Stone’s online language learning. 80% of pupils of mixed ages and abilities, including those with literacy and/or behavioural problems, that evaluated the online French, German and Spanish programs claim to have learnt new language skills, consolidated previous learning, and are keen to continue using the software.

The online courses were introduced in computer classes, language lessons and after school clubs. Passwords were also allocated so that pupils could continue learning at home, thereby gaining the support and encouragement of their parents. The objective of the e-learning pilot was for pupils to learn new language skills and grammar structures and to support previous learning.

Another goal for language teacher Jonathan Peace, who spearheaded the scheme was to reinvigorate pupils’ enthusiasm and enjoyment for language learning by introducing a new methodology of learning – Dynamic Immersion methodology. This new way of learning relies on thousand of real-life images to convey language meaning and replaces traditional grammar-translation methodology.

“The importance of language learning in schools can not be underestimated. With 2005 marking the end of compulsory teaching of languages in education and with the applicants for language learning at GCSE and A level, through to higher education, in decline at a national level, we felt it was important to introduce a new language learning methodology to motivate and excite the pupils at Preston Community School. We are operating in an increasing competitive global market and having great language skills will no doubt give our pupils a good head start in their careers”, stated Jonathan Peace.

Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion method stems from two core beliefs: that the natural way people learn their native language as children remains the most successful method for learning new languages; and that interactive technology can replicate and activate immersion-based learning that is a powerful method for learners of any age.

“Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion method uses thousands of real-life colour images to convey the meaning of each spoken and written phrase in the program,” says James Pitman, Managing Director, Rosetta Stone UK. “The program’s carefully sequenced structure, use of native speakers and instantaneous feedback makes it easy and fun for anyone to learn a new language. In addition, the voice recognition technology and feedback mechanism helps to improve and build confidence in pronunciation. The pupils at Preston Community School are of mixed ability, but they were all able to learn at their own pace, in their own time, and at their own level with equal degrees of success. We also provide comprehensive manuals for teachers so they can quickly get up to speed and introduce relevant units to support their curriculum.”

The wide range of units on offer meant that pupils were able to find the ability level at which they were happiest working, as well as choosing the content they found most interesting. Pupils were monitored using the online tracking system and marked for each unit completed. Many took great pride in their scores, which introduced a competitive element and encouraged them to continue learning at home.

“Regardless of ability, over 84% of all our pupils said they enjoyed using the software, 86% said that they had found it easy to use, and 80% claimed to have learnt new language skills. Furthermore, it encouraged my pupils to be independent in their learning - 40% were keen to continue accessing the software from home, which is a true reflection of the pilot’s success”, Mr Peace concluded.

As a result of the trial, Preston Community School intends to introduce Rosetta Stone’s e-learning software as a supplement to its traditional language teaching later in the year. The pilot scheme was set up by e.valuate, the digital evaluation service and implemented by Rosetta Stone’s UK partner Ramesys.

Rosetta Stone offers instruction in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Danish, Dutch, English (U.K.), English (U.S.), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese and Welsh.

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About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is the leading provider of on-line and CD-Rom based language-learning courses. The courses are based on a Dynamic Immersion methodology which means that they are fully interactive and use thousands of real-life colour images to convey the meaning of each spoken and written phrase in the program. The program’s carefully sequenced structure, written texts and extensive use of native speakers helps the user to attain proficiency quickly, without memorisation, translation or tedious grammar drills. Teaching 29 languages to millions of people in over 150 countries worldwide, Rosetta Stone is the key to language learning success.

For more information visit www.therosettastone.co.uk

For more information or for a trial account please contact:

Vicky Hayden
hbl media
020 7612 1830
vicky@hblmedia.com


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