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For example, in the English lesson the phrases I am eating could refer to the same picture as She is eating and vice versa, so in my opinion, the pictures are not that clear when they suggest only one correct answer.
This does not necessarily equate to learning the language. There is also a large element of guessing and if you did not fully attend to the lesson, you could complete it without really learning the targeted language. In the end this might prove to be frustrating as subsequent lessons are built on prior vocabulary. And if you guessed your way through the lesson, you would not have the skills to build on and continue successful learning.
This is a great feature, since many people prefer to learn by listening and others by seeing. Having both modalities of instruction also allows for more ingrained learning to take place. I also found it stimulating to use computer technology to learn, and many other language learners would certainly agree.
I can even picture the vocabulary clue, which really helps with memory. I think it is a very positive way to learn thousands of words and phrases. This feature might be frustrating to some learners who really think the picture clue is correct with the saying, but in actuality it is not. I also question the choice of vocabulary. And, although you are learning vocabulary that later is embedded into phrases and sentences, I wonder about the relevance of some of the vocabulary.
For example, The plane is yellow in German , and The boy is under the ball and They have pens in Korean might not be the most important things to learn in a language or that important to learn at first in a language. The instruction barely differs among the languages. The content is similar and this area might need to be looked at, as each language has its own uniqueness that should be stressed and customized at all levels.
Perhaps what is being learned and when it is introduced are areas that the company needs to look at and make necessary changes to, in order to maximize student interest and learning. When you pronounce words, your speech is compared to native speakers with evaluation and feedback. Instead, you need to assume this from your score. To some people, this system works; to others, they may not know exactly why the way they said a certain word was better than another way they could have pronounced the word.
Again, there is no formal instruction in the native language to explain this. The tone of your pronunciation is not evaluated so this is an area of weakness. Languages that rely on tone in expression to distinguish or inflect words like Mandarin Chinese or Bantu are not fully evaluated with the present speech recognition component in its current design.
After each lesson, there is an opportunity to have an interactive session that ranges from minutes. You can also repeat the session for each unit. The interactive lessons are set up to be engaging, with an experienced native speaker of that language. The intent of this is a great idea, as the teacher offers video feedback while you talk with a headset e. However, it falls short in meeting the needs of many if not most language learners. For example, you might be more interested in other topics if you are a college student or employed in some type of business that uses English, and therefore, your interactive lessons are not based on your interests or needs.
They are not individualized in content. In theory, you are encouraged to speak, and the lessons might be individual if no one else has signed up or they might be a group lesson.
You have to admit that the opportunity to speak with a native speaker e. I have also read about the times to sign-up for the interactive lessons, and although the company has recently expanded its markets, the lesson times may not be as convenient for you as you would want or need. Some students in various countries are restricted in having these lessons at later hours in the evening or earlier hours in the morning, if you prefer to think of 2: Again, this may not be convenient for your lifestyle and may conflict with your work or other schedules.
It may also be disruptive to your roommate or other family members. The variety of games to help reinforce the targeted vocabulary for each lesson is refreshing. Some games you play solo, and some you can play with other speakers on your language level who have accessed the online community.
That is a great feature to reinforce learning and to talk with others. I think a lot of people, especially younger people or those who like learning games, would really enjoy learning this way and see the value that these games and the community provide.
However, for me, some of the games were difficult to figure out how to play. In all fairness, maybe through more practice I would better understand how to play the games. But I do have to wonder that for both younger students and much older students, the games might be confusing, as well. For most of the languages there are 5 levels of language to move through. It is estimated that if you spend about 30 minutes a day in study, you will complete the levels within a year.
The components of listening, reading, speaking and later writing are all covered. Since my background is in education, and I am a strong visual learner, I would like to see specifically which skills are covered in each level before I study the level.
Then I would be better able to judge how complete this method is in learning a language. In addition, as an adult learner, I do learn a lot through reading. Also, to me, I would like to be able to click on the foreign words to read more about them, what they mean, and how they are used.
I find great value in studying the etymology of words and how they should be best used. There should be value attached to learning about foreign concepts, foreign grammar and foreign phonology as traditional lesson books often approach these topics. These include software access for the smart phone and Android tablet, the iPod and Android. I think these features will reach many types of people and many types of learners. Cost and Tech Support Although to many people the Rosetta Stone program would be viewed as a high-end costly way to learn a language, I think it is difficult to attach a price to learning.
However, if the program does not particularly fit the needs of the student, then it is not the best way to spend your money no matter how much it costs. There is a specially-designed microphone and headset that are included. One software CD is designed for each level of the computer and there are four audio CDs for each level, as well.
Sometimes there are special pricings to include 3-month trials of the online studio feature so it is worthwhile to check out the website and call to discuss promotions. These prices are accurate as of May 21st, Personally, the cost of the program would not be worth the price since I would prefer, when learning a language, to work on vocabulary that was more relevant to my needs.
I would also prefer to explore the language by reading it, with respect to its grammar and application of use. I was happy to be able to converse with native speakers in most of the countries I travelled to. It gave me such a great sense of satisfaction. Also, in my ESL teaching experience mostly with Hmong, Spanish-speaking, or Korean children and Japanese and Korean adults, I believe the students that made the best progress were those who asked me questions whenever they wanted.
They took responsibility for their own learning and the language learning became very interesting to them. The instruction was at their own pace of learning. You will probably choose to quit studying. This in turn influenced more learning, and this cycle of learning continued.
I could tailor their learning to specific needs not only in content, but also in learning their needs and style. I still believe that the best way to learn a language is to engage in dialogue with native speakers and to embrace that culture in every way you can.
Those who do so are the people who have learned to speak a foreign language the best. Their language is more natural, their vocabulary broader, and their personal confidence level much stronger. The Rosetta Stone is appropriately named after the artifact that unlocked the secrets of the Egyptian hieroglyphics for linguists. It also has great possibilities to be used in schools K and higher education , businesses, and government organizations and for individuals of differing ages around the world.
The method is convenient for home-school students, as well. It is about the endangered languages, and how this company began a program in order to address this. They have collaborated with indigenous groups around the world to develop software to help keep these at-risk languages and heritages alive. So it was very exciting to read about the successful programs to teach these languages: Navajo to school children in some southwestern states in the US, Chitimacache in Louisiana, and Mohawk and Inuktitut throughout several regions of Canada.
This continued expansion is refreshing to see. It will only enhance the progress and value of language study for more people and throughout more places in the world. There are many pluses that this program offers, from the variety of lessons to the immersion method that includes engaging images and up-to-date software.
The variety of reinforcements built in to practice and interest learners is also a positive. The leveled lessons spaced between opportunities for interactive sessions with a native teacher of that language, as well as the many online games to play solo or with other learners, are great features.
The voice recognition feature is also a plus, as it helps with more accurate pronunciation. The expansion of software and computer devices is appealing to many markets. The emphasis on helping maintain languages and heritages around the world, as well as an emphasis on a very wide market to include all sectors of people and places that may be possibly interested in language learning, are also pluses.
There is little variety between the selection of what is to be covered in the specific languages, which does not allow for the uniqueness of the language or the cultural heritage. The online language sessions are not as convenient to access as students would like and need. The pronunciation helper does not account for tones in language. The program is not worth the cost, for me, as I find the program too controlled in content and not as tailored as I would like for my particular learning preference and language learner needs.
This language learning program serves a valuable purpose and has many engaging components, but it ranks slightly above-average in its ability to deliver. Further Resources: