Ingram Road Primary School in Leeds is harnessing language learning technology using Rosetta Stone, leading language learning software provider, for its English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupils to help them integrate into the school community.
Rosetta Stone was chosen because of its Dynamic Immersion methodology, which teaches using context rather than translation and memorisation, by pairing words and phrases with images in real life situations.
The school, which caters for primary pupils in the inner city Holbeck area of Leeds, has 203 pupils on role, 56% of whom do not speak English as a first language. Pupils at the school speak a total of 21 different languages, ranging from Arabic to Zulu.
Mark Corkery, MFL co-ordinator and year 6 teacher at Ingram Road, commented: “With the no translation approach, we have found Rosetta Stone to be an ideal solution for such a diverse school with so many different native languages.”
The program is available on the school’s computer system at Ingram Road as well as accessible online for students with internet access at home and has solicited positive reactions from pupils and staff alike. The unique voice recognition technology compares learners’ pronunciation to a native speaker, helping students work on their accent at their own pace.
Mark Corkery explained: ”Our EAL pupils love the independence of having the opportunity to learn at their own pace. Some even get quite competitive, racing to see who can complete the exercises fastest, while keeping an eye on the percentage score the program given at the end of each unit in order to improve on their previous efforts. This has had a very positive effect on both the pupils’ engagement levels and their progress itself.”
Rosetta Stone Manager, the program’s progress management tool, allows the staff to check and monitor their progress. The EAL Coordinator uses the Manager tool to complete regular reports on each individual’s progress, so teachers can support them better in the classroom.
Mark Corkery tells the story of Sylvek, an EAL student at Ingram Road, who arrived in Leeds from his native Poland in Autumn of 2008 with his family. Upon joining Mark’s class, Sylvek’s knowledge of English barely extended to Hello and Good Morning, with even basic instructions like “sit down” and “listen” understood only after cues from other Polish speaking students in the class.
Mark commented: “As part of our EAL programme, Sylvek has been using language support tools including Rosetta Stone, and has improved his English by leaps and bounds and so quickly, in fact, that he was put in charge of the lighting for Ingram Road’s Christmas play, Oliver – which required him to follow quite a complex script in English to get the timing right!”
Sylvek and his fellow EAL students have been so pleased with the program, they have been telling their families and classmates about it and due to demand, Rosetta Stone will soon be included to support English language tuition to parental groups as well, with the aim of supporting whole families in improving their English.
Additionally, requests from other students in the school regarding language learning software has meant that Ingram Road will be adopting Rosetta Stone for French for MFL teaching in 2010.
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About Rosetta Stone:
Rosetta Stone is the leading provider of language-learning software, offering a highly personalised, interactive platform that is acclaimed for its speed and power to unlock the natural language learning ability in everyone. Available in more than 30 languages, the Rosetta Stone language learning solution is used by schools, organisations and millions of individuals in over 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.
Rosetta Stone was awarded the accolade of MacWorld Education Product of the Year in 2008.
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