All Rosetta Stone programs attempt to teach second languages through a language learning method dubbed the Dynamic Immersion Method. Through interactive multimedia technology, the program combines listening comprehension, structured input, problem solving, and a readiness to talk to create an environment in which second language learners learn additional languages in the same ways as first languages were learned. Although the idea that language learning is a combination of speaking, listening, reading and writing is accurate, the Dynamic Immersion Method and Rosetta Stone fails to take into account that people learn second languages differently from the acquisition of first languages. In fact, Rosetta Stone completely ignores the difference between first language acquisition and second language learning.
Even without the pedagogical problems of the Rosetta Stone program, the immersion experience for the Rosetta Stone Online for American English Language Learning is rather limited. First, the program assumes that the language learner will already know something about American culture. For example, for a learner coming from a strong patriarchal culture, the images of men cooking and women openly reading might come as quite a shock. The learner must also have some idea of American schools and American jobs to be able to correctly match the pictures to the new vocabulary.
Secondly, although the United States of American is extremely culturally diverse, some of the information into which the learner is immersed is completely inaccurate. For example, the section on money includes euros and pounds as well as dollars even though many Americans would balk in confusion any mention of a monetary transaction not in US dollars. So, overall, the immersion experience created by the Rosetta Stone American English Language Learning program is limited if not inaccurate.