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Classroom implementation with Rosetta Stone for Schools

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Rosetta Stone for Schools is a comprehensive online learning program that accelerates language acquisition and retention in the classroom. Our structured immersion approach gets students speaking early and often through carefully scaffolded activities.

Rosetta Stone provides flexibility and customization to teachers and administrators looking to empower students to read, write, and speak new languages with confidence. 

Implementation opportunities

There are many effective ways to implement Rosetta Stone in the language classroom. The program is designed to fit into any existing classroom model and provides robust resources to enable teachers to find that best-fit scenario for their students.

Depending on the grade level, class size, access to technology, and teacher, Rosetta Stone is adaptable to educators’ needs. We are outlining some of the implementations that have proved highly successful along with resources and best practices for teaching and learning a language in the classroom with Rosetta Stone for Schools.

One-to-one whole class instruction

In this model where each student has their own device, teachers can infuse Rosetta Stone into classroom instruction in a myriad of ways. 

  1. As students enter the classroom, teachers can create a warm-up activity where students see one or multiple Image Cards projected on the board and have to write down or verbally share words in the target language related to the image shown.
  2. During instruction, teachers can assign a specific Activity to all students as a check for understanding or formative assessment. Teachers can also display a set of Image Cards and have students create stories or sentences, practicing spontaneous language production in either written or spoken format. 
  3. At the end of class, we suggest using a Review activity from the current Unit as an exit ticket.

For full lesson plans, vocabulary lists, and activities, explore our Teacher’s Guides sorted by language within our Teacher Resources.

Centers, stations, or rotations

In this model, the digital and print resources provided by Rosetta Stone for Schools offer the ability to split students into small groups so the teacher can meet with and provide differentiated, targeted instruction to each group.

A four-station model is a great way to manage the classroom and weekly planning.

For example, in a Spanish classroom:

  1. Group One works with the teacher on targeted interventions. 
  2. Group Two works independently on Rosetta Stone online lessons. 
  3. Group Three uses Stories (Unit Readings) to practice language and complete the included reading or listening comprehension activities provided. Stories also provide opportunities for culture-based pedagogy by introducing students to cultures, customs, or regions where the target language is spoken.
  4. Group Four uses our Memory Card game, Flashcards, or Workbooks to engage in meaningful reinforcement of content learned on the program. (For early elementary learners, consider using this fun Alphabet Book to teach new letters and vocabulary in a developmentally-appropriate way.) 
The cover of the Rosetta Stone for Schools Spanish Alphabet Book shows letters an images that appeal to early elementary learners

This model keeps students engaged, supported, and challenged at just the right level.

Flip-flop model

In this popular blended learning model, a teacher splits the class into two groups. Working with students in smaller groups can promote student participation and engagement while allowing for collaborative projects.

In one example of a flip-flop implementation, teachers provide targeted instruction with half of the class, while the second half practices independently in Rosetta Stone, and then they switch.

Teachers can also use a flip-flop model to facilitate hands-on activities. Our Scope and Sequence Guide identifies each Unit’s topics so that educators can align lessons and activities. For example, Unit 8 focuses on vacation and dining. To reinforce the vocabulary in this lesson, students can engage in a project where small groups of students write and perform a skit about dining in a restaurant.

With the class split in half, the teacher can assign half of the class to work together in small groups to write their script and plan their performance. The teacher can lead the other half of the class in a group activity with the Unit 8 Flashcards. The groups then switch.

Each group has an opportunity to engage with their peers and their teacher in a smaller group setting.

Best practices 

Language learning takes time, but how that time is spent also matters. Fortunately, Rosetta Stone has decades of experience in new language acquisition with our structured immersion environment.

Students will practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing as they progress through the scaffolded Activities, Lessons, and Units of the program. 

Tailor curriculum for kindergarten through 2nd grade

early elementary students participate in classroom learning with raised hands

We recommend a minimum of 45-60 minutes of active practice spread out over the course of three to four sessions each week. Due to limited reading and writing proficiency at this age, we recommend placing early elementary students in the Speaking and Listening only curriculum option for the optimal learning experience.

For older students, provide at least 60-90 minutes of learning time over 4-5 sessions. This repetition will provide for better retention and quicker recall of learned content.

Use the Milestone activity for additional speaking practice

Imagine being able to sit down one-on-one for a 10-minute conversation with every one of your students! Rosetta Stone for Schools provides students with ample opportunity to practice conversation skills. Each Rosetta Stone Unit concludes with a Milestone, an interactive capstone activity that lets the learner practice key skills learned and apply new language knowledge in real-life situations.

Not only do the summative Milestone activities provide a real-world immersive experience where students engage in a two-way conversation with pre-recorded native speakers, it’s also a great opportunity to increase student confidence and prepare them for class presentations or speaking assessments.

Harness data to support student needs

After students have worked through an activity, we suggest using the List Activity Report to gauge your students’ strengths and areas for growth.

For each activity, you can see the progress status, score, time spent, and number of attempts for each student. This data informs the creation of purposeful groupings or identifies which individual students need targeted instruction in either productive or reception language domains.

Get meaningful results with Rosetta Stone for Schools

With Rosetta Stone, students are surrounded with their target language from the start, and educators gain access to a suite of tools that make teaching language easier and more effective. Learners in any classroom spend their time speaking aloud, receiving immediate positive feedback based on the pronunciation of native speakers, and benefitting from Rosetta Stone’s scaffolded approach to language learning. 

Explore our additional Resources for Teachers for more information about implementing Rosetta Stone for Schools. 

Interested in a quote or demo to see how Rosetta Stone for Schools can support your language learning programs? Contact us today!

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