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Rosetta Stone Abandons Endangered Language Program

According a recent ILAT: Indigenous Languages and Technology email from Craig Spaulding, one of three members of Rosetta Stone’s Endangered Language Program – the others being Marion Bittinger, Daniel Hieber and a semester or summer intern – Rosetta Stone has no plans to take on endangered languages in the future, also pointing out their overly literacy-oriented approach to language pedagogy isn’t ideal for many indigenous communities.

What can anyone recommend for an approach to teaching language via the internet or DVD where the main goal/focus is oral language without all the trappings and issues of dealing with literacy? I use to work at Rosetta Stone and their approach was highly integrated with literacy, though it could be customized by the user to focus on the audio/verbal component. Unfortunately, they are not taking on any more projects for the near future and I wondered if there were other software approaches that list members know of or have experience using that are effective.

Thanks in advance.

Craig

His inquiry led to a couple of leads so far: 1) Transparent LanguagesEndangered Language Program, GIM: Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia (a competitor to Rosetta Stone), and 2) ACORNS: ACquisition Of Restored Native Speech (free software that produces Rosetta Stone like programs). Follow ILAT to see future responses.

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