Rosetta Stone offers online language option
DU students still can take traditional oreign language classes like Spanish, French, Ger-man and Italian, but those looking to delve into more exotic languages like Pashto, Farsi andTagalog have another resource: Rosetta Stone, an online language-learning program that isavailable to all DU students, aculty and sta through the Penrose Library Web site, www.du.edu/penrose.“I was getting a lot o requests rom the Graduate School o International Studies to getlanguage CDs because they wanted to learn dierent languages rom around the world,” says Arts and Humanities Reerence Librarian Peggy Keeran, who purchased Rosetta Stone or DU two years ago. “But they wouldn’t circulate and it would be too limiting. So I started to look tosee i I could nd an online solution.”That’s when Keeran discovered Rosetta Stone, a “dynamic immersion” system that com-bines images and interactivity to teach additional languages in much the same way peoplelearned their rst language. To date, more than 3,700 people have used the program at DU,including graduate students and researchers who use it beore traveling to oreign countries.“I think it’s a great resource,” says Morgridge College o Education Proessor Gloria Miller, who uses Rosetta Stone to study Spanish and Chinese. “I like the fexibility o being able to do itanytime, anywhere, and they have some very unique cognitive strategies that they use to helpyou acilitate your learning.”For the rst year, Rosetta Stone charged DU a small ee while it determined demand.The second year, the ee was signicantly higher. Purchased on their own, the Rosetta Stoneprograms cost more than $200 per language.“We basically said, ‘We can’t aord this,’” Keeran says. “But people were like, ‘You have toget this.’ We have not heard rom so many users about something ever. We looked careully at the statistics and decided the use justied the expense.”
Exhibit highlights 150 years of Denver Jewish life
“Blazing the Trail: Denver’s Jewish Pioneers,” an exhibit thatdocuments Denver’s rst Jew-ish residents, will be on displayat DU’s Penrose library throughmid-February.The story is told through 12panels illustrated with photos andincludes other documents andhousehold items. Jeanne Abrams,proessor o Judaic studies at DUand director o the Ira M. Beck Archives and Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society, is curator o the exhibit.“It is highly signicant that the 150th anniversary o Denver’s ounding coincides with the150th anniversary o Denver’s Jewish community,” Abrams says. “It refects that Jewish citizens were ‘present at creation’ so to speak. This unusual phenomenon helps to explain the pivotalrole that Denver Jews played in the political, social, cultural, economic and religious develop-ment o our city.”The exhibit is part o the Center or Judaic Studies’ celebration o 150 years o Jewish liein Colorado. The nine months o events and programming surround the theme “Pioneering Jews: Cowboys, Rebels and Trailblazers.”
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