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Instruction for independent language learners with Rosetta Stone for Schools

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Rosetta Stone for Schools’ language resources aren’t just for in-class instruction or large groups of students. Our language learning platform provides the flexibility for independent language study overseen by an instructor.

If you’re teaching a language student, whether they are an English language learner or a world language learner, Rosetta Stone for Schools offers a comprehensive curriculum and makes it easy to track their learning.

Here’s how Rosetta Stone for Schools can help your independent study students learn more efficiently than ever.

What is Rosetta Stone for Schools?

Rosetta Stone for Schools is backed by research and provides English and world language students alike with an intuitive approach to language learning. It’s a robust language learning system for independent learners in a teacher-assisted environment, offering educators guidance on:

  • How to get started
  • Providing extended curriculum
  • Supplemental activities
  • How to monitor students’ progress
  • And more! 

Where should your student start?

The first thing you and your independent language study students need to know before diving into Rosetta Stone is where to begin.

True beginners, as well as students who have been studying their target language for less than a year, will start at the beginning: Unit 1 Lesson 1.

Students with more than one year of experience with a language can easily find the appropriate starting Unit in one of two ways: 

  1. Completing four review activities, or
  2. Completing Milestone activities for each Unit.
Screenshot of Rosetta Stone unit and lessons shows how to start with Milestone or Review

After completing either activity, the students will receive a score. If they pass, they can proceed to the next unit. If students do not achieve the minimum passing score, then they should try the review activities or Milestone for the previous Rosetta Stone Unit.

For English learners, see our English Learner Placement Guides to quickly and easily match up students’ scores on relevant state English proficiency exams to a Rosetta Stone for Schools Unit. 

How to offer Extended Curriculum

When you’re guiding an independent student through a language program, you may want to provide them with a larger volume of material within the platform. You can adjust for that by offering an Extended Curriculum.

You can switch on this setting from your administrator tools dashboard that gives your student more activities. In order to utilize an Extended Curriculum, follow these steps:

  • Sign in to the Administrator Tools dashboard
  • Select a learner to open their Learner Details.
  • Click the “Change” button under Curricula
  • The “Select a Curriculum” menu will pop up with “Standard” selected and the checkbox labeled “Use Default Curriculum” checked
  • Uncheck the box
  • Unselect “Standard and select “Extended”

You’ll notice there are other options that emphasize specific areas of language learning, including:

  • Extended with reading intro
  • Reading and writing focus
  • Reading and writing with intro
  • Speaking and listening focus

As you notice which area your student needs more practice in, these options allow you to provide extra targeted practice. 

Select a Curriculum menu screenshot from Rosetta Stone shows multiple curriculum options and their descriptions

Core lessons and supplemental activities

The first thing students should do when they start any new Unit is the Core Lesson. In Core Lesson, the module introduces new vocabulary and takes students through some focused activities. After a student has completed the Core Lesson, they can complete engaging supplemental practice. Activities include practice in:

  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Listening 
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
laptop displays a Rosetta Stone lesson that uses Dynamic Immersion to teach language through real-world images

Later, your students can move on to Stories. These engaging texts align to Units and provide more practice reading, speaking, and listening to the target language in context. 

How to monitor your students’ progress using Rosetta Stone

One of the major benefits for teachers who use Rosetta Stone for Schools is the ability to easily monitor student progress using data from reports easily generated from the Dashboard. 

You can monitor how much time your students are spending using Rosetta Stone, which areas of their target language they are excelling at, and where they need more practice. This data is especially helpful for one-on-one students because teachers can easily adjust the pace of learning without worrying about adjusting material for the rest of the class. 

Within the administrator tools in Rosetta Stone you can generate Weekly Usage Reports and User Progress Reports to oversee the progress of independent language learners.

Weekly Usage Reports

Weekly Usage Reports offer a high-level overview of your students’ usage time, overall progress, and average scores for their lesson activities. You can schedule weekly usage reports from your administrator tools dashboard.

Screenshot of a usage report shows the progress, usage time, and other details for all learners

Learner Progress Reports

The Learner Curriculum Report is a more detailed way to track student progress. These reports break down a student’s scores in individual activities, and can give you a clearer, more zoomed-in picture of which areas they’ve mastered and which areas need some work. 

Screenshot of the Learner Curriculum Report shows greater detail on an individual learner including their overall score, progress, usage time and information broken down by unit.

What makes Rosetta Stone for Schools unique?

There are plenty of ways to learn a language, but Rosetta Stone for Schools’ features set it apart from other language learning programs.

TruAccent speech recognition engine

Sounding confident and clear is a goal for most language learners. Rosetta Stone’s TruAccent speech recognition engine helps learners do just that. Most speech recognition tools only detect the words the speaker says. As students practice speaking their target language, our TruAccent speech engine gives them instant feedback based on data we’ve collected from millions of native speakers.

If you’re worried a beginner student will feel too much pressure to be perfect, you can decrease the sensitivity of TruAccent, then increase it as they improve so they’ll always have an appropriate level of feedback for their skill level.

TruAccent is also one of very few speech engines that can specifically adjust for children’s voices. The child’s speech setting accommodates nonlinear speech patterns, partial words, and other common features of the way children speak. To use this setting, select “Child” in the Speech Settings menu. 

The confidence students can build from the knowledge that their pronunciation is authentic and their communication is clear can go a long way in encouraging their participation in the classroom and using their language skills in the real-world alike.

Structured Immersion method

Rosetta Stone’s Structured Immersion method mirrors the way our brains learn our first language by presenting everything in the target language with real-world inspired images and audio from native speakers.

With Rosetta Stone, students learn through context and reasoning as opposed to rote memorization. Instead of learning and remembering grammar rules, they learn grammar and syntax from the native speakers modeling correct usage. As a result, students can acquire their new language language faster and more naturally. And along the way they’ll develop a deeper understanding of why the language works the way it does than they would from more traditional second language instruction methods. This approach also means a student’s native language and English skills won’t affect their use of the program. (For example, if two students, one a native English speaker and the other a native Spanish speaker are both learning Mandarin, they will both use the same curriculum.) 

Many students take a while to get comfortable speaking their new target language. It can be understandably intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. Rosetta Stone students start speaking from the first word of their first lesson to give them comfortable speaking their new language right away. Then the program boosts their confidence by giving quick feedback and celebrating early victories as they happen.


Rosetta Stone’s Stories put the concepts your students are learning into context. All of our Stories are written and narrated by native speakers of the target language.

Screenshot of Rosetta Stone Stories features

They cover a variety of real-world topics and fictional themes using the vocabulary and concepts from each unit. Some of them are poems, others are short stories, and others are nonfiction passages about historical topics. For very young students, the “child friendly” filter can lead you right to age-appropriate stories.

First, a student listens to a recording of a native speaker reading the Story. After that, the student then records themself reading it back out loud. When they’ve finished reading the story, they’ll get helpful feedback on how closely they matched the pronunciation.

Rosetta Stone Stories also introduce new vocabulary with context clues. New words are underlined and the student can simply hover over them to see a picture that demonstrates the word’s meaning. This feature is available on all platforms in all languages except Latin. 

Immersive curriculum for 25 Languages

Rosetta Stone for Schools contains a comprehensive curriculum for 25 languages for both K-12 and higher education learners.

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin) 
  • Dutch 
  • English (American) 
  • English (British) 
  • Filipino (Tagalog) 
  • French 
  • German 
  • Greek 
  • Hebrew 
  • Hindi 
  • Irish 
  • Italian 
  • Japanese 
  • Korean 
  • Latin 
  • Persian (Farsi) 
  • Polish 
  • Portuguese (Brazil) 
  • Russian 
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Swedish 
  • Turkish 
  • Vietnamese 
Tablet displays language options within Rosetta Stone

Live Tutoring Lessons (Available for Gold Subscribers)

Rosetta Stone Gold license subscribers have access to live virtual tutoring sessions led by native speakers of the target language. Each session aligns to content from the Rosetta Stone lessons and gives students a chance to not only practice what they’ve just learned, but to get real-world conversational practice. In these real-time conversations also mean immediate feedback from a live person. 

Live Tutoring is exclusively held in the student’s target language to encourage them to use the words they know to communicate and get comfortable speaking to another person.

Learn More About Rosetta Stone for Schools

Rosetta Stone for Schools is a powerful language learning platform for every student, whether they’re learning in a large class or independently. We’ve worked to make language educators’ jobs easier so they can set their students up for success – both in the classroom and in real-life interactions. 

You can learn more about how you can use Rosetta Stone for Schools for your independent students by contacting our team. Contact us today.

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