We are proud to share that Extempore has been chosen as a top-10 semifinalist in the high-tech category in the Minnesota Cup, an entrepreneurial competition organized by the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Keep watching this post for more updates… and wish us luck!
Dear Extempore, I’m Director of Technology at a K-12 school and I write to you in desperation, please help me! We have a very expensive language lab that we bought years ago. It takes up a large room, 30 computers, microphones and headsets. We pay for the software, and we pay for support, and we[…]
It turns out they can, and rather accurately. Paula Winke (2014), from the University of Michigan, studied how a group of learners’ self-ratings of their oral performances in Chinese compared to the ratings provided by two Chinese language experts. She found that learners’ self-assessments largely coincided (roughly 90% of agreement) with those of the expert[…]
Do you need a couple of fun activity ideas to fight end-of-the-year boredom? Do you love scavenger hunts for language learning? If you answered yes to both questions, this post is for you. Scavenger Hunt Idea # 1 Have students record short videos about a personal experience (for example, your best summer vacation, your best[…]
As you know, we have a number of linguists on staff at Extempore, and we have A LOT of linguists as customers. If you are like us, you’re probably in permanent awe at the beauty, complexity and elegance of the human vocal organs. Someone just sent us a link to this speech simulator, and we[…]
Besides extra speaking practice for your students and a simpler way to assess spontaneous speech, recordings completed with Extempore provide data for teachers to inform various aspects of their teaching. Here are some ideas. Use recordings as data for formative assessment. Even if you use Extempore just for extra speaking practice and not for assessing[…]