Progression of Learning Latin from Rosetta Stone Version 3
One of my concerns with learning Latin from a software program is whether the progression is fluid enough to allow for previous lessons to build on subsequent learning of the language. I was concerned that the software may simply be packaging a traditional Latin program into a software package without regard for progression as a key component of language learning.
My fears were put to rest as I progressed through the lessons. As someone fluent in the language, I could see that students new to Latin would be able to use elements learned in previous lessons. In fact, the progression is so intuitive, that the learning seems more like a game than a tutorial on the language. In one word, Rosetta Stone’s Latin program is fun, even for someone fluent in the language. In fact, this software package could serve as a refresher course for teachers of Latin to ensure that years of non-immersion have not tainted or skewed proper pronunciation to something inaccurate that is passed on to students.
As a final thought, I would like to mention that unlike traditional Latin programs, Rosetta Stone offers an important learning tool; non-linearity. Students struggling with a lesson can repeat the lesson as many times as they want, allowing the student to study Latin at a comfortable pace. They are putting emphasis on those lessons that are difficult and breezing through those they find more difficult. No doubt, different aspects of a language are difficult for some and easy for others. Rosetta Stone not only offers immersion, it offers a customized pace to appeal to each student’s capacity, experience, and motivation to learn the new language.