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Rosetta Stone Demo


 
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Grade Levels: 1-12+


Product Code:
680-340
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When you help your children learn a second language, you give them a gift that lasts a lifetime. That's the advantage of Rosetta Stone Homeschool, the foreign language curriculum rated #1 by homeschooling parents. New Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3 is now available in 14 languages

Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3 is a next-generation language-learning program that unleashes the power of technology. The new curriculum provides students a rich, interactive, and engaging language-learning experience, while giving parents the tools and resources needed to track and manage student progress.

About Rosetta Stone:
From the time I was six, I have loved learning foreign languages. I began with four years of Spanish while in Panama, progressed to French while in Michigan, then took more Spanish in California. My high school years in Iran allowed me to study both Farsi and German. Finally, college in Oregon included a year of Russian. Sad to say, but old age has taken its toll and much of what I learned has vanished from my memory. Yet I will always remember with fondness the thrill of mastering a mysterious language. Therefore it is only natural for me to want to share that excitement with our children, and towards that end I am continually evaluating foreign language programs. In my opinion, the all-new Rosetta Stone is the best program available for older children, ages ten and up, particularly those who live in a state that requires proof of foreign language mastery for high-school graduation.

Completely re-written, fresh content has been added to this program and the types of activities have changed. A new administrative tool includes lesson plans made specifically for the homeschool student that parents can select based on their family's learning objectives. A PDF version of course content is provided describing each lesson in the program.

Currently in use in more than 7,000 schools and fifty-five countries, Rosetta Stone's computerized foreign language program utilizes photos and pictures that portray real world situations. By matching the spoken phrase and image correctly, children learn a foreign language the natural way, by associating sounds, and later written words, with objects and ideas. None of the other dreary methods typically associated with learning a new language are here.

Rosetta Stone is a first-class program, outstanding in many ways. But every program has its warts and Rosetta Stone is no exception. Because the program is based on real-life photos, you should expect to see photos of people in various manners of dress, participating in all types of activities. Honestly, most children are exposed to more flesh in a simple trip to the grocery store, and the lively pace of the program does not encourage lingering over these types of pictures. There is nothing vulgar here, but if you blanche at the sight of a child in shorts or a woman wearing a sleeveless dress, you should be aware of this potential concern.

The first level of Rosetta Stone will probably take up to one year to complete, though some children could proceed more quickly, with some lesson plans requiring less review and fewer exercises. Details about various lesson plans are available in the parent's guide. There is a difference between the ordinary Rosetta Stone Personal and the homeschool version. In addition to what is included in the regular Rosetta Stone, the homeschool version includes a parent's guide that provides explanations of lesson plans, suggested cultural activities, and more; twelve preloaded lesson plans including a full year curriculum path; and an administrative tool that allows you to plan and track your child's progress and track multiple children individually on the same computer.

Rosetta Stone Version 3 Homeschool Edition is available in up to five levels and 28 languages. Rosetta Stone now comes bundled with a free headset.
Features
Version 3 System Requirements:
  • Windows (32-bit editions only) 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5
  • 1 GHz or faster processor speed
  • 512 RAM
  • 600 MB free hard-drive space (per level)
  • 16-bit sound card
  • 800 x 600 display resolution (1024 x 768 recommended)
  • Internet or phone connection required for product activation.
  • Speech Recognition feature requires a headset microphone (USB recommended)
  • 16X CD-ROM Drive (for installation)

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