Learn a World Language
Live class instruction combined with the Rosetta Stone program is a winning formula for learning success!
Ensign Peak Academy will offer six live world language courses for the 2021-2022 school year:
- Mandarin Chinese
Weekly live classes are taught by our caring and qualified mentors, to enhance comprehension, provide conversation practice, give fun cultural presentations, share stories about the growth of the Church and inspire and support regular progress in the Rosetta Stone program.
Review our 2021-2022 Live Class Schedule for details.
Live world language classes are open to all middle and high school students, including live program and self-paced program students.
Self-Paced Foreign Language Courses
Students may study any language offered by Rosetta Stone, on a self-paced basis.
Students are welcome to take a World Language class with or without taking other Ensign Peak Academy classes.
Our live, weekly Spanish class provides an exciting opportunity to practice Spanish conversation and enjoy fun activities, games, and cultural experiences designed to help you improve your Spanish. Live classes support middle and high school students who are enrolled in the Rosetta Stone Spanish program, regardless of level or unit.
Spanish Mentor Carolyn Marriott has a passion for learning and teaching. Besides homeschooling her own seven children, she has decades of experience teaching youth in church and academic settings. Recognizing the value of community, she and her children participated in homeschool groups in Washington and Utah where she taught a variety of topics from Spanish, to U.S. History, to Economics. She currently thrives on learning with the students at Ensign Peak Academy.
Carolyn has traveled in Chile, Central America, Europe, Canada, Argentina, and the United States, broadening her appreciation for the beautiful world and its people. She served a mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and received a BA in Spanish from Brigham Young University.
Currently, Carolyn lives with her husband and mother in Wallsburg, Utah. She loves digging in the dirt, reading and discussing classics, sewing aprons, going on long walks, and hosting “poetry teatime” for her grandchildren.
Our live, weekly German class provides an exciting opportunity to practice German conversation, and enjoy an exciting immersive journey into the language, culture, and history of Germany! Whether you have German ancestry or are simply interested in that part of the world and language, you will explore your own personal connection to it and expand your knowledge and ability to communicate. You will learn about German culture and history through explorations into the holidays, music, food, literature, religion, geography, games etc. You will begin to see how culture and history affect our language, how we live, and our view of the world. This will include insights into the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany. You’ll also get fascinating glimpses into other German-speaking countries. You will set and be guided in achieving goals for learning the language and other interests regarding Germany. For those that would appreciate help with their German Family History, we will learn how we can better do that work. All of this will include celebrations of our achievements.
German Mentor Matthew Nelson graduated with a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2019 from Utah State University where he also completed his undergraduate classwork. During the process of getting his degree he was a teaching assistant for several engineering courses. He enjoys the process of learning and helping others in that endeavor. This love of teaching was first developed while volunteering in his wife’s kindergarten classroom. He served a full time mission in Frankfurt Germany from 2010-2012 where he fell in love with people, culture, language, and food. He is currently a Loads and Dynamics Engineer for Northrop Grumman where he performs finite element based analysis on government and commercial launch vehicles. In his free time, Matthew enjoys building and flying model airplanes, listening to audiobooks, and playing with his children. Matthew currently lives with his wife and two children in Chandler, Arizona.
Did you know that 30% of English vocabulary is derived from French? It’s an official language in 29 countries and across 5 continents with nearly 280 million French speakers worldwide and growing, especially in Africa. Come and learn how to read a menu, introduce yourself, or sing a song in the most beautiful language in the world.
Our weekly, live class includes Francophone and church culture, history and language practice in a fun and dynamic environment. You’ll get to know your classmates during conversation practice, activities, presentations and games. Weekly classes also provide an opportunity to receive support as you progress through Rosetta Stone French.
French Mentor Kursten Mason has been an educator her entire life, from teaching ‘summer school’ to her siblings at a young age to teaching and mentoring in public, private, and homeschools. She attended the University of Utah, served a church mission in France, Paris and returned to finish her degree in French Teaching with a double minor in Psychology and Special Education from Brigham Young University. Years later, she was homeschooling her three children and helping to found Commonwealth Schools while teaching LEMI projects such as Key of Liberty and Sword of Freedom. She’s been a mentor at Paradigm Schools for the past eight years and is excited to join the staff of Ensign Peak Academy.
Her educational passions are languages and history with a special love for French culture and our Founding Fathers and mothers, especially George Washington, John and Abigail Adams. There is power and inspiration in learning about great men and women. She believes that the most rewarding experience is to share that passion with youth and to watch their eyes light up as they find something that excites and encourages them to learn and do hard things.
She lives in Herriman, Utah with her husband, their youngest son (leaving soon on a mission to Montreal Canada, French speaking), their cat and a flock of chickens. She enjoys time with family, babysitting their grand-puppy, walking, hiking, Yoga, reading, and playing games.
Our live, weekly Korean class provides an exciting opportunity to practice conversation and enjoy fun activities, games, restored gospel presentations and cultural experiences designed to help you improve your Korean. Live classes support middle and high school students who are enrolled in the Rosetta Stone Korean program.
Korean Mentor Jeff Jensen is a beloved mentor for youth and has taught online history, geography, government and economics course for over six years. He is a popular speaker and has logged over 3000 public speaking hours, most in classroom settings across the state as a guest lecturer on the Titanic and U.S. history. He was recognized by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library as a noteworthy Reagan historian and invited to address them in September 2018. He is currently working towards publication of his first book, a history book called “The President’s Pages.” He has published articles in peer reviewed history and academic journals on the RMS Titanic and serves as assistant editor and historical consultant on three BYU publications in the “Saints at War” program. He enjoyed serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint in Korea and Hong Kong, and as a service volunteer in two orphanages in Thailand. He stays politically active and has taken leadership roles in local politics.
With around 1 billion native speakers in the world, Mandarin Chinese has the most native speakers of any language, with almost two and a half times the amount of people who claim English to be their native language! While the pronunciation and tones may scare some people (including the high-school version of your Chinese mentor), the beauty found behind the meaning of the characters – along with the simplicity of the grammar (no conjugates here!) – more than make up for the difficult parts of the world’s most popular language.
Our weekly, live class will focus on the rich culture of the Chinese people, the growth of the Church in Chinese speaking regions of the world, and will help you break down the Chinese language into small building blocks that will have you excelling in your Rosetta Stone coursework in no time. Class activities will include learning how to converse with your classmates, listening to beautiful music, and maybe even a class with a guest from Taiwan! All required weekly assignments will come from Rosetta Stone, along with regular encouragement to download the “Chineseskill” app and utilize the pinyin pronunciation chart found in the free section of the app.
Chinese Mentor Megan Hansen fell in love with Mandarin Chinese on her mission to Taiwan. Having taken French in High School (because Chinese sounded too hard), she wishes she would have taken the opportunity to learn this beautiful language earlier on in her life! She is now obsessed with all things Chinese and is excited to be teaching her first group of Chinese students at Ensign Peak Academy.
Megan is currently working as a Medical Interpreter for Mandarin Chinese and is planning on attending medical school after graduating with a Nutritional Science degree from Brigham Young University. She currently resides in Orem, Utah, with her husband and their adorable puppy Asia (who she has trained in Chinese), and enjoys spending her free time doing research in a lab, walking the dog and working out.
Our live, weekly Japanese class brings Japanese culture, history, and language practice to you in a fun, engaging environment. Dive into the fascinating Japanese culture with its hypermodern yet anciently informed perspective. You and your classmates will get to know each other during discussions, games, and activities that deepen your understanding of the language, Japan’s influence in world culture, and the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan. Weekly classes also provide an opportunity to answer outstanding questions and teach grammar principles so that every student can maximize the value of the Rosetta Stone Japanese course.
Japanese Mentor Bernhard Hamaker is a linguist with over 20 years of experience in Japanese tutoring, curriculum design, and bilingual business. He served in the Japan, Tokyo South Mission from 2002-2004. Afterwards he invented a card game that teaches Japanese vocabulary and grammar.
He is a husband and father of six children, three of whom attend Ensign Peak Academy. He was homeschooled and assists his beloved wife in homeschooling their own children to supplement their Ensign Peak Academy experience. Education is a deeply respected way of life in the Hamaker family. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing, and supported his wife in achieving a bachelors of Art and a master herbalist degree. The Hamaker family treats every moment as a learning opportunity. They live on a hobby farm in Sequim, Washington with flower and vegetable gardens, chickens, and fruit and nut orchards.
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How does Ensign Peak Academy use Rosetta Stone?
- Ensign Peak Academy has a school account with Rosetta Stone, allowing mentors and administrators to view all student work.
High School Credit
- Three (3) units equals one semester for high school and earns 0.5 credits. The high school graduation requirement is either two credits (12 units) or completion of Rosetta Stone Level 3
Middle School Grade Report
- Middle school students who are enrolled at Ensign Peak Academy will earn a 1-semester grade for completion of three (3) Rosetta Stone units in any language.
2021-2022 Live Course Updates
Each course will pace through the Rosetta Stone items together, so everyone is studying the same material each week. This will allow grammar and conversation practice in the live class to match the Rosetta Stone items studied each week. On time completion of each week’s work will constitute part of the student’s final grade.
Middle and high school unit completion levels will now match, to allow middle school students who complete a year of language to seamlessly enter high school at the next level. All languages for both middle and high school will follow the level/unit pattern shown in this example, with 3 units per semester (6 units per year):
- Spanish 1: Rosetta Stone Level 1: Units 1-4 and Level 2: Units 1-2
- Spanish 2: Rosetta Stone Level 2: Units 3-4 and Level 3: Units 1-4
High School Live Program Tuition: $350 lump sum or 10 monthly payments of $40, for 2 semesters, which includes 10 months of weekly live classes, and a 12-month Rosetta Stone license.
High School Self-Paced Program Tuition: $225 lump sum or 10 monthly payments of $25, for a 12-month Rosetta Stone license.
Middle School Live Program Tuition: $300 lump sum or 10 monthly payments of $35, for 2 semester, includes 10 months of weekly live classes, and a 12-month Rosetta Stone license.
Middle School Self-Paced Program Tuition: $180 lump sum or 10 monthly payments of $20, for a 12-month Rosetta Stone license.
Rosetta Stone Refund Policy: When a student withdraws from any World Language course, up to $150 is retained by Ensign Peak Academy to cover the cost of the Rosetta Stone license. This is due to the fact that Rosetta Stone only sells annual licences to schools, payable by lump sum, with no refund. Ensign Peak Academy may be able to assist you by reassigning your license to another student, but cannot guarantee that this will happen. In this case, you will receive a report of all completed items, your work will then be deleted from the Rosetta Stone platform and the license will be assigned to the new student, who may select any language and will start at the beginning and not see any of your work.
Middle school grades and high school credit is awarded upon completion of the course with a minimum grade C- or 70% with no more than 3 missing Rosetta Stone activities (Core lessons must be completed). Grades are based on Rosetta Stone achievement and progress, live class attendance and oral exam score. Three Rosetta Stone Units = 0.5 high school credit or 1 semester on a middle school grade report. No extension is necessary for World Language up to the end of July. If additional self-paced time is needed, past July, a new 12-month, non-refundable Rosetta Stone license must be purchased for $150.