Partnership with Rosetta Stone to Offer Language Credit

From: Public Affairs

James Madison University has entered into a partnership with Rosetta Stone, Inc., to offer the Rosetta Stone® Version 4 TOTALe® as an accredited Conversational Spanish I language learning course.

Rosetta Stone TOTALe is an award-winning language-learning solution that pairs the trusted Rosetta Stone software with an online experience that includes live, interactive coaching sessions with native speakers and online activities that encourage learners to interact and use their new language skills. The James Madison University accredited version can be purchased at RosettaStone.com/collegecredit. Learners that complete the customized Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America) program will receive three college credits -- the equivalent of a semester-long class -- that can be applied towards their degree.

“Starting this month, students can now enjoy our breakthrough solution and receive the same benefits they would had they gone to a university,” said Tom Adams, CEO of Rosetta Stone. “At the same time, this is a tremendous endorsement of the efficacy of our solutions from a leading university.”

“The partnership with Rosetta Stone opens up great potential for JMU because we have the opportunity to serve individuals not only locally but potentially worldwide,” said James Shaeffer, Sr., Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement at JMU. “The format of the course is such that it provides the flexibility for busy adult students seeking a degree or those individuals simply wanting to improve their language skills. While we are starting with one course, Conversational Spanish I, this partnership has the potential to expand to other languages, as well as advanced levels within those languages. Rosetta Stone is a great partner because they have an outstanding reputation and utilize the latest technology and distance education techniques.”

The Rosetta Stone TOTALe accredited offering is a 16-week, intensive language-learning program. The program is accessed completely online and follows a syllabus approved by Rosetta Stone and James Madison University.

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April 6, 2011