On-line Language Training for all Soldiers and Army Civilians with Rosetta Stone ®
What is it? On-line language training in 30 languages using Rosetta Stone on Army e-Learning is available to all 1.4 million Army Active, Guard, and Reserve Soldiers as well as all Army Civilian employees, USMA and ROTC contracted cadets for professional and personal development. Lessons are self-paced and active-duty Soldiers earn one promotion point for each five hours of training credit completed while reserve Soldiers earn one retirement point for each three hours of training credit completed. Rosetta Stone's learning method combines interactive technology with native speakers and a rich visual environment to mimic the complete immersion process used to learn your first language. This method makes it easy for soldiers with no previous language experience or outside help to begin language learning. The 30 languages available include the "investment" languages-- Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Pashto, Korean, and Hindi--the U.S. Department of Defense deems critical to national security.
What has the Army done? Available on Army e-Learning since November 2005, 115,000 Soldiers have spent 600,000 hours studying Rosetta Stone's 30 languages. In just the three OIF and OEF related languages (Arabic, Farsi, and Pashto), Soldiers have completed 90,000 hours of language training. In May 2007, the Army expanded Rosetta Stone options to include a network version for a single language for units deployed to locations with unreliable Internet access that could be loaded on the unit's computers. Twenty units in Iraq and Afghanistan have requested licenses for 300 such computers. The Army also provides access to Rosetta Stone language training to both Army and non-Army students at all Army schools that include language training as part of the curriculum.
What continuing efforts does the Army have planned? With the Army's encouragement, Rosetta Stone developed a new version of Arabic with a military focus that includes 123 military terms and a focus on military language tasks such as talking with civilians at a vehicle checkpoint, reacting to an IED attack, and training allied soldiers. This new Arabic Military version, available only online, was released on Army e-Learning Nov. 19, 2007.
Why is this important to the Army? The war, overseas deployment, and basing of Army forces continually reflect the need for every Soldier to have some foundational language to communicate with people they will interact with overseas. The Army on-line language training provides a tool that every Soldier and Civilian can use at work or at home for personal or professional development.
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