Monday, November 3, 2008

Rosetta Stone and Learning

You've probably seen the ads in magazines. I've always been curious about the Rosetta Stone language series. So, I took one for a test drive recently. It uses the principle of dynamic immersion to teach a new language. I'm not used to that.

When I took a semester of Mandarin Chinese at Harvard University, I learned the language through a methodical, logical process that included systematic vocabulary and grammar. Rosetta Stone seems to bypass all of that and you're left guessing at meanings and trying to make sense of what you think certain phrases mean. I'm sure the method works, because eventually you'll learn some of the core fundamentals of the language.

I've been in the education industry for a while now. Education experts acknowledge that individuals prefer certain learning styles. Adults learn differently from children. What works for one individual may not work for another. Hence, I'm going to give Rosetta Stone a chance and continue trying it for a while. Maybe I'll learn more than I think.

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