Five Tips to Reduce your Grading Load When Assigning Oral Homework

Most of us teaching languages in the US are lucky to work in environments that are technologically suitable for assigning oral homework. In 2016, it is hard to find a foreign language instructor who does not teach in a smart classroom with Wi-Fi access. Many schools distribute mobile devices to their students at the K-12 level[…]

Tips to Assign Oral Homework in the Foreign Language Class

In a previous post on adding speaking opportunities outside the classroom we explained the reasons why assigning oral homework in the foreign language classroom simply makes sense. As self-evident a need as it may seem, however, completing oral assignments regularly outside of the classroom is not something that students may be used to for a[…]

High School January Pilot – Survey Results

During the month of January, Extempore ran a pilot with 100 High School students at Western Christian High School, in Iowa, United States . The pilot took place during finals on three Spanish sections. Each final exam consisted of 10 graded questions with all Extempore Parameters enabled: time to review the prompt and time to[…]

Being a Good Listener with Extempore — Part 2

In our last post, we talked a bit about assessing listening comprehension through Extempore, specifically for beginner or intermediate language learners. Let’s talk now about our more advanced language learners and how we can assess their progress with listening comprehension. Naturally, what we recommended last time for beginning students works equally well for our higher-level[…]

Being a Good Listener with Extempore — Part 1

It’s true: when we launched Extempore, the primary goal was to develop an app that would facilitate speaking in the classroom. As any teacher knows, generating authentic (and assessable) speech in the world language classroom can be a difficult thing to do, for a number of reasons (large class sizes, recording equipment, losing class time,[…]