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Can Rosetta Stone Reach the Fourth Level of Advantage?
There are three fundamental linguistic flaws with the Rosetta Stone procedures. 1. The linguistic programs are attempts to copy other courses and in doing so the creators did not sequence the language material to enable effective learning to take place. 2. Voice recognition cannot be used to teach correct production because the sound rules of a language (phonology) must first be acquired and phonological understanding of a second language does not take place until the learner is at a moderate intermediate level of competence, and 3. Providing native speakers for beginners is not effective, it is even retarding, as one must have a fairly large vocabulary, close to 20,000 words and hundreds of phrases, in a new language to benefit from conversation experience. All language learning, both child language and foreign language learning, requires an extensive period of comprehension. In short Rosetta Stone's linguistic procedures and technological procedures will only appeal to those who believe there is a quick procedure to language learning. The foreign students who speak English by the thousands and study at American universities have not acquired English using the procedures of Rosetta Stone. It is unwarranted for Rosetta Stone to claim they have proven procedures when no articles provided by them have ever appeared in peer reviewed linguistic journals. Harris Winitz, Ph.D.
Dec 6, 2010. 03:01 PM
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