Flipping the Classroom with Extempore – Part 2

Last week you might have read our post about flipping the classroom. I wrote a bit about what it’s all about and why it’s a novel approach to teaching. If you haven’t “flipped” or “inverted” your classroom yet, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. So what are some concrete (and, naturally, beneficial)[…]

Flipping the Classroom with Extempore – Part 1

Perhaps you’ve seen our list of activity ideas for the Extempore app. One of them brings up the idea of “flipping” (or “inverting”) the classroom. Flipping the classroom isn’t really an activity; it’s more of an approach towards presenting–and ultimately putting into practice–the course content. What does this all mean exactly? Let’s talk about flipping a little[…]

Promoting Student Responsibility and Risk-Taking with Extempore

All world language teachers have surely encountered the student who is content to sit back in class and allow others to speak up first. Maybe he’s naturally soft-spoken or maybe he’s anxious about making a mistake. Whatever the reason, some students take a back seat in class and, in turn, deprive themselves of the many[…]

Speaking Portfolios in the World Languages Classroom

What Are Speaking Portfolios? If you have landed on this website, it is probably because you have used electronic written portfolios in your classroom and are intrigued by the concept of a speaking portfolio.  Same as in the written version, a speaking portfolio is a collection of a student’s work samples that present concrete evidence of their language development.[…]

Authentic Assessment in the World Languages Classroom with Extempore

On a previous post we stressed the importance of using authentic tasks in the World Languages classroom and we gave some examples of authentic speaking tasks that could be assigned via Extempore. If we decide to use authentic tasks for instruction, then we should also use authentic assessments and evaluate our students with instruments that make them use[…]