Many who learned a language at school later find a need or desire to use it when travelling. Rosetta Stone can help returning students polish their skills.
Refresh French Language Skills with Rosetta Stone
Many language courses are frustrating for students who are refreshing their foreign language skills as most courses assume no knowledge and so are too slow paced for students with sound, albeit rusty, knowledge. At the same time if such students have not used a language for a long time they may not be ready to jump straight into an intermediate or higher level language course. They still need to refresh the basics but not learn them from scratch.
Rosetta Stone is a Self-paced Self-Study Language Course – Up to a Point
Rosetta Stone does not spend time explaining the grammar or the conjugation of regular and irregular verbs. It aims to teach the language in a similar way to how everyone learns their native language – by seeing and using.
It therefore enables the returning student to progress without getting tied down with detailed explanations of grammar and structure. The student who has previously achieved some proficiency in the foreign language will quickly see and understand the grammar points as they are introduced through usage. Such learners – will have many “ah ha moments” where memories will flood back.
For that reason a student revisiting a language they once knew would be well advised to start at the first level and work through the full Rosetta Stone course. It will provide the revised underpinnings for the higher level study to come.
Students with some familiarity with a language need to be careful not to try and rush Rosetta Stone as it is very easy to get questions wrong by clicking on responses before the screen has refreshed. This means that although a student can press on there is a limit to how fast one can move through the lessons. When revising the basic material it can be very frustrating but is probably a good discipline to think more carefully about even a straightforward response.
Welcoming and Comprehensive Self-Study Foreign Language Course
Rosetta Stone is well proven and it is inviting and not tedious as are many traditional courses that are built on grammar. Like most language courses Rosetta Stone at first feels rather basic and the question might be asked "how am I going to use words like horse?" that are introduced early on. However by the end of the first level, of five for French and many other popular languages, the language used is practical. The student will then be able use it as the basis for effective use in real life as vocabulary increases.
Rosetta Stone is a well rounded course that covers all aspects of language usage: reading, writing speaking and listening. The speech recognition capability is impressive as there is a scale that shows how accurate each pronunciation exercise was and which words were weak. With the French course under review it could seem very picky about how a word was pronounced and especially with regard to which syllable the stress is applied. This is of course an important difference between languages and is important to clarity and ease of understanding by native speakers.
Where the student is struggling there is more detailed speech help which uses graphical illustration of native pronunciation and compares it with the student’s own chart. This is similar to an established technique used to help deaf people improve the clarity of their speech when they of course cannot hear the teacher’s or their own pronunciation – they need a visual tool.
Occasionally Rosetta Stone seems unusually tolerant of stumbling pronunciation over sentences and seems to be looking at the newly introduced word and structures in particular.
A Friendly and Valuable Reintroduction to Foreign Language Proficiency
So for a student returning to language study Rosetta Stone will be a valuable course and should enable the student to recover and improve their foreign language skills. However it should always be remembered that it took many years to become fluent and unconsciously competent in one’s native language so patience and application is still required. Adopt a disciplined approach and Rosetta Stone will enable proficiency to be developed – but it needs time and regular practice.
For some students the lack of written notes and explanation of grammar may be frustrating. For returning students it will probably be useful to dig out those old dictionary and grammar books. However it would be very easy to complicate the study process by following multiple course of study so it is probably wise to concentrate on Rosetta Stone until a good level of proficiency is achieved and to use other study material with care.
To understand the contents of the course, what is included in the pack or as a new learner then it would be useful to read: Rosetta Stone for Self Study of a New Language which is a review for students of a new language and gives a description of the course contents and structure.
The Rosetta Stone courses are widely available and available for more than 30 languages.
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