Rosetta Stone ® History - Colquitt County Schools
Transcript Rosetta Stone ® History - Colquitt County Schools
By Carla Cable
•Allen Stoltzfus began studying Russian in the 1980s,
but became frustrated with his slow progress.
•Fortunately, he knew there was a better way to
learn a language, through immersion, which he had
experienced years earlier while studying in Germany.
Allen's command of German was a direct result of
being a part of the culture and the world of
Germany, instead of sitting in a classroom. He
immersed himself in the language, and discovered
German the way he had acquired his first
language…naturally and without translation.
•And so, an idea was born. Allen envisioned using
computer technology to simulate the way that
people learn their native language—with pictures
and sounds in context, and with no translation.
•Allen went to his brother-in-law, John Fairfield, who
had a Ph.D. in computer science, to explore the
possibilities. John loved the idea, but he and Allen
had to wait until technology caught up with their
•Allen, John and Eugene
called their product
"Rosetta Stone," named
after the artifact that had
unlocked the secrets of
Egyptian hieroglyphics for
linguists. The name
certainly fits, as Rosetta
Stone software now
success for millions of
“Everything we do at Rosetta Stone revolves
around a simple idea: learning a language
should be fun, easy and effective.”
“We approach language learning the same
way that you first learned a language — using
a natural method that teaches new language
directly, without translation. That means no
more confusing grammar explanations or
mind-numbing vocabulary lists to memorize.”
*The learner is “immersed” *Direct instruction of grammar
in the L2 with no
translations in the L1
*Highly visual (photos on
*The student moves at own
*The learner hears only
native speakers of the
*Vocabulary lists to memorize
*Memorization of verb
*Students engage in oral and
written translation from L1 to
L2 and vice-versa
*Frequent use of bilingual
*The instructor may not be a
native speaker of the target
*(see case study handout)
•In the drop-down menu under “English
Standards” select “Georgia”
•There is a 521 page document specifically
detailing how the lessons in Rosetta Stone®
correlate to Georgia’s English language standards
(WIDA) for grades K-12
•Go to http://support.rosettastone.com/en-
•Click on “Administrator Implementation Guide”
•Click “Start” on the right under “Rosetta Stone
•USB (or USB jack connector) headset
USB headphones recommended by Rosetta Stone®
•Reliable internet connection
Dynamic Immersion™ is the method Rosetta
Stone® uses to teach learners a new language.
To learn more about it and how to make it
work for your students, please watch these
What is Dynamic Immersion™?
How should I use Dynamic Immersion™?
To make sure that you have the knowledge
and resources that you need to make the
most of your language-learning experience,
view the walk-through by clicking the link
below and filling out the registration form.
•As there is a limited number of
school, think about “priority for service”
students with low English
language development levels
(such as below level 3 on ACCESS)
3) Students who are struggling in
one or two areas of ACCESS (ex.
Level 4 but low in reading and
IF there are any remaining licenses…
4) Any teachers who will be working
with ELs and parents of ELs
•Look through your student rosters
and ACCESS data, and highlight
(or write) students that you feel
Rosetta Stone will benefit (work
together if there is more than one
ESOL teacher at your school).
•Group the students by priority of
need for the program.
• Keep your students on track throughout their languagelearning journey!
Track student progress in a fun and easy way! Use the Progress
Tracker to mark off completed lessons. Progress Tracker
• Create lesson plans that reference information presented to
students in Rosetta Course. The Scope & Sequence guide is
divided by core lesson for your reference. Scope & Sequence
• Recognize student accomplishments by rewarding them with a
certificate upon completing a language level.
*Please note that a preview of this document is not available;
however, it is available for download Certificate of
• Generate enthusiasm when returning from a break by sending
this e-mail to students or parents. Welcome learners back from
a break, encouraging them to continue in Rosetta Stone
• In the internet browser type in
• Go to the Colquitt County Schools home page
• Scroll over “Departments”
• Click on “ESOL”
• Click on the Rosetta Stone icon at the top
•Your school admin account username and
log-in are both the first part of your school
e-mail address, all lowercase
•If you changed your password but can’t
remember it, click on “Forgot your
password” to have an e-mail sent to you to
reset the password.
Click on “Launch Rosetta Stone® Manager”
A new window will open.
•Click on “Groups” and choose your school.
• This is the “Infinite Campus” of Rosetta Stone.
• Here you can view learners, add or delete learners, change status
to active or inactive, select or change curriculum, and monitor
student progress, and create reports
•To see how many active users
(including those with no
usage yet) you have at your school:
•Click on the Reports tab
*Select School Group
•To see all learners already within you
your school group (active and
•From the Rosetta Stone Manager:
*Click on the Groups tab
*Click on Learner Lists
*Click your school group’s name
•Within your school group, click on a
learner’s name to go to the Viewing
Learner Details window
•From this window you can
*change a username or password
*change active/inactive status
*change the interface language
(language the student sees on menus
within the program)
*Change the target language (English or Spanish)
*Change the school group and home group
*Assign/unassign language and levels
*Change the curriculum within a level
•To find out if a student already has a
Rosetta Stone account:
•From the Rosetta Stone Manager:
*Click on the Learners tab
*Click on Learner Lists
*Click on “All Learners I can
Look for the student’s name by
First Name or Last Name
•Choose one student you feel that
needs to use Rosetta Stone.
For username and password,
type the student’s school ID #
followed by the first letter of
the first name ex. 10554b
•Type the student’s first and last names
in the corresponding boxes
•Type your e-mail address for e-mail.
•Choose the interface language
(Spanish only for Spanish literate students)
•Choose Language (English)
• For Home group choose either
Elementary or Middle/Jr./High
•For Group choose your school’s name
•Click “Save Changes”
•Go to the Viewing Learner Details window of a
learner from your group.
•Click Change next to a level
•Uncheck Use Default Curriculum
•Choose a different curriculum such as “Optimized
for Reading and Writing” or “Optimized for
Speaking and Listening” and click Apply (note-core
lessons include all 4 language domains even within
• Repeat with as many language levels as desired
(the curriculum can be different with each level)
• From Rosetta Stone Manager, Go to the Curricula tab
• Click Add
• Choose a Language level (ex. English (American) Level 3)
• Click Apply
• Drag and Drop from Available Content for each unit and
lesson and Milestones.
• From the Curriculum Settings tab (bottom right), you can
adjust speech difficulty and case and punctuation
• From the Scoring tab, you can adjust the scoring required to
achieve Complete in each type of activity.
• Save your curriculum when satisfied. You may then choose it
from the list of available curricula for a learner.
•Learner Reports can be
accessed individually by
clicking on a student in
Viewing Learner Details
•Click the Reports tab
*Learner Curriculum Report
*Enter names of learners
For screenshots and more detailed directions,
•View and print a curriculum report
for one of your students
• A Usage Report displays the hours spent using the Rosetta Stone® program by
all learners in a selected group, listing all languages in that group.
1. Click "Begin" in the Usage Report section of the Reports toolbox at the
bottom of the screen.
2. Select the group for which you’d like to view a report on the left-hand
side. Selecting a group containing subgroups will include those subgroups on
3. Click the "Filters" button to select a specific time frame. Use the pulldown menu to view usage by "Learner’s Languages" (a more detailed report
of time spent and usage in multiple levels) or by "Learner" (total time spent
in all levels). Check the boxes to include inactive learners and learners with
4. Click the "XLS", "CSV", or "PDF" button to export the data in your desired
format. XLS and CSV files are organized by learners, while the PDF file is
organized by group.
For pdf version with screenshots, click here.
•Make sure the CAPS lock is NOT on
•Make sure the student is using the
tab key or clicking with the mouse
to move from the username box to
password box instead of hitting
•Try to use a USB or USB jack-adapter
•Try connecting the headphone from a
back USB port rather than a front one.
•If a little window appears asking for
permission to access microphone, make
sure to click Allow.
•When doing the speaker test, the
more slowly you speak, the better it
•Show students how to use check answer
feature in lower left- hand corner and
have students write the text on paper
correctly before typing it.
•On writing lessons make sure students
click “Enter” or the check, not an arrow.
•When creating a curriculum, you can
adjust whether you want the writing
activities to be punctuation and
capitalization sensitive or not.
•Make sure your internet browser and
Adobe Flash Player are updated.
•Make sure to allow time for the System Check to
complete before clicking Launch Rosetta Stone.
•Make sure students know which level they should be
working in when logging in each time.
•The placement curricula (ex. Reading and Writing
Placement) do not allow students much time to
answer. You may want to have students try core
lessons until students begin experiencing difficulty
instead, as suggested in the video.
•In addition to using Rosetta Stone®
online, you can use Rosetta Stone® print
resources (see CD) including tests,
answer keys, course content guides, and
student workbooks to give your students
practice at home, even if they do not
•When access to classroom computers is
*Students with computers or tablets with
internet access can access Rosetta Stone®
*Bring your own technology- Students with
laptops, iPads, or Android tablets may
access Rosetta Stone from their own
*Create a rotation schedule of when
students use Rosetta Stone on the