Rosetta Stone Partners with HIAS on Language Learning Tools for Refugees
Rosetta Stone, a language learning solutions provider, has teamed with HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization, to provide HIAS' refugee clients with free language learning software.
Through Rosetta Stone, learners practice new languages in an immersive environment filled with real-world images and audio from native speakers. The TruAccent speech engine compares voices to native speakers, gives immediate feedback on pronunciation, and helps refugees feel confident participating in real-world conversations.
HIAS first partnered with Rosetta Stone in 2019 to help refugees enter into American society through language instruction. Rosetta Stone and HIAS then extended their collaboration in 2021 to continue assisting HIAS' clients with education, social integration, and employment opportunities. HIAS and its clients have access to language lessons in 25 languages, including English, Arabic, Spanish, and more.
"Our partnership with Rosetta Stone has given refugees additional tools to acclimate to their new lives and navigate the resettlement process with increased confidence and language skills," said Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, in a statement. "We are excited to continue this partnership and continue to provide opportunities to our staff and clients to communicate more easily and create welcoming communities."
"Refugees come from all walks of life: They are doctors and farmers, interpreters and caregivers; some speak multiple languages, while others were denied a formal education. Regardless of a person's skill set, adjusting to a new home is incredibly difficult, especially after being forced to flee one," said Jennifer Gu, chief operating officer of IXL Learning, Rosetta Stone's parent company, in a statement. "HIAS' and Rosetta Stone's partnership is an important step toward helping resettled people grow new language skills and empowering them to ease into communities and lead independent lives."