Title

Rosetta Stone and Andragogy

Date of Award

5-30-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Applied Communication

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Organiz & Prof Communication

Advisor

Bridget Arend

Keywords

ADDIE; Andragogy; Foreign Languages; Learning styles; self-paced computer assisted language learning; Training

Abstract

As more American adults find it important to learn foreign languages, the demand for language programs increases. Rosetta Stone is a popular computer-assisted language-learning software. Its developers claim it is the fastest way to learn foreign languages because it immerses the users to learn like a child does. The goal of this project is to evaluate the teaching design of Rosetta Stone by dissecting it from an instructional designer's perspective. This was done by conducting a review of the relevant literature and seven interviews including adult learners, instructional designers and language teachers. The theories included the ADDIE model, learning styles, Kirkpatrick's evaluation model, and learners' motivation and mindset.

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