Canvas integration is here!

Last Updated on 2019-04-23       If you teach a language and your institution uses Canvas, you can now integrate Extempore assessments into Canvas directly. Starting today, your school’s Canvas Admin can request a Consumer Key and Shared Secret to connect both platforms. This integration allows you to connect an Extempore Assessment to a[…]

Extempore and the Chinese Innovation Forum

Last Updated on 2018-12-12 Extempore is proud to support the 5th Chinese Innovation Forum, a two-day conference (Oct 25-26, 2019) hosted by the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. The Forum is a new initiative, spearheaded by a group of K-16 educators, whose objectives are to jumpstart the conversation on Chinese language and culture[…]

Extempore Customer Testimonials

Last Updated on 2018-11-20Extempore was just at ACTFL 2018 in New Orleans. While the team got plenty of Speaking Practice doing demos for three days straight, we thought some payback was also due, so we roped in a few customers and asked them to do a quick video for us. It’s only fair that the[…]

New Mobile Apps

Last Updated on 2018-11-20The new Extempore mobile apps are now available for download! Rebuilt from the ground up, the new apps are a huge improvement for students, as they are significantly faster and more user-friendly than the versions they replace. They also follow the same design as the Student Portal for more consistency across platforms.[…]

Mobile Grading is here!

Last Updated on 2018-10-15In the very near future, Extempore will be updating our mobile apps with a brand new look and feel as well as new features. As part of these changes, the mobile apps will become student only and all the instructor work will be shifted to either you desktop of mobile browsers. Today, we[…]

Foreign Language Speaking Anxiety: The case of Spontaneous Speaking Activities

Last Updated on 2018-09-16Great article on Procedia about Speaking Anxiety. Abstract There is a great deal of research focusing on speaking anxiety and yet there are relatively few studies suggesting ways how teachers can help learners cope with this problem. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to identify whether the integration of spontaneous speech[…]

Extempore’s New Release – Redesigned Grading

Last Updated on 2018-08-25Extempore 4.7 will be made available to users starting Wednesday, August 29th. A full redesign of the grading screen is being made, consolidating all information in one place and requiring less clicking. Main changes include: New look and feel of the assessment grids and question grading screens. A new left panel in[…]

Priddy Learning Academy to Launch New Online Program

Last Updated on 2018-05-17Priddy Learning Academy is one of Extempore’s favorite partners. After a few months of development and successful pilots, they will be rolling out a ground-braking online program, aimed at the Asian markets. Needless to say, Extempore will be a key part of their English classes. We wish them much success and look[…]

FireFox tracking protection

Last Updated on 2018-04-23The newest version of FireFox has changed the default security setting from previous versions. In some cases, these settings will interfere with some Extempore functions. If you experience issues while using Extempore on FireFox, please add an exception to the “Tracking Protection” feature in FireFox so Extempore can function successfully. You can[…]

Creating Screencasts as question prompts

Last Updated on 2018-05-19As you know, in Extempore, you can use multiple types of prompts for your student’s speaking activities. Whether you use the app for oral assessments, or as replacement to a language lab, having a variety of prompts enriches your students’ experience, and allows you to assess different aspects of their oral production.[…]

Talk more to listen better

Last Updated on 2018-04-12New research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison shows that the students should spend more time talking. “If traditionally favored, comprehension-stressing teaching practices were better at teaching students comprehension of their new language, the group that practiced through listening would do best on listening comprehension tests. However, the researchers found the opposite. On[…]

Best of the Web – Speaking Practice Activities

Last Updated on 2018-08-28Today, we bring you the best speaking practice activities to be found in the web. Most can be done with Extempore! From Teachers Pay Teachers “Simple future speaking prompts for ESL“ From Teachers Pay Teachers “Spanish Places Partner Speaking Practice“ eBook by Christiene Lee – Speaking Practice for the Canadian English Language[…]

100 Years of “New Technologies”: Teaching a Foreign Language with Technology from 1918 to 2018

Last Updated on 2018-02-15One of Extempore’s founders has recently published an article in the popular Educational Technology blog EmergingEdTech. You can read it in full here, but today we want to highlight the main lesson from this analysis: that technology always moves on, that there is always resistance to its adoption, but that overall, the trend[…]

Extempore supports the Language Learning Summit

Last Updated on 2018-02-09Once again, Extempore is proud to support our friends at the Language Learning Summit on their endeavors to make language learning, online or face-to-face, better and more collaborative. Please read more about it below. We encourage you to register and attend as many sessions as you can! About

Extempore’s New Release – Archiving Classes and Email Notifications

Last Updated on 2018-01-16Extempore 4.6 is now available with two highly sought-after features: Archiving Classes You can now archive old classes. Archiving a class will remove it from your Classes tab, unenroll all students and delete all attempts. The content of an archived class can be restored from the “Archived Classes” page, but students and[…]

Blended Learning Pilots With Extempore

Last Updated on 2018-01-10Extempore is proud to participate in the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center’s Blended Learning Pilots program, whereby Flagship institutions can apply for a grant to use Extempore in their blended learning projects. Click on the image below to learn more about this fascinating program, and feel free to email Extempore for more[…]

Extempore’s New Release – Archiving Classes and Email Notifications

Last Updated on 2018-01-17Extempore 4.6 is now available with two highly sought-after features: Archiving Classes You can now archive old classes. Archiving a class will remove it from your Classes tab, unenroll all students and delete all attempts. The content of an archived class can be restored from the “Archived Classes” page, but students and[…]

Troubleshooting – Chrome and Firefox Issue might affect Extempore on Mac Laptops

Last Updated on 2018-01-22It has recently been reported that a bug between Chromium (the backend used by internet browsers Firefox and Chrome) and the CoreAudio library of macOS might cause Chrome to fail to connect to the laptop’s microphone and camera when the laptop is woken up from sleep.   If you use Extempore’s student[…]

Extempore’s New Release- “View as student” and other updates

Last Updated on 2017-10-30Extempore is launching an updated version of the Content Management System aimed at simplifying the instructor experience. New features include: 1.- “View as student” button Going forward, you won’t need to create a student in order to view your oral assignments. Clicking on the “View Class as Student” link will create a[…]

Oral language assessments – let’s do the math!

Last Updated on 2017-10-24Here’s something you probably haven’t thought about – how much time does it REALLY take you to perform oral exams with your students? Here is some simple math that we can use to explain why one of our most common tasks, oral assessments, are so frustrating. Let’s use this simple formula: (SS*Mns+SS*Log)*Cl=[…]

Scaffolding, conversing, linguistic analysis … and Extempore

Last Updated on 2017-10-15 As I’m planning a potentially-rich, definitely-logistically-challenging activity in my university-level Spanish classes, I’m realizing how much easier this could be with Extempore. Let me explain. I’m an assistant professor of Spanish language and linguistics at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. If you’re familiar with San Antonio, you know that[…]

Managing your subscription in Extempore

It can be difficult to manage the number of students in your class: people drop off, move classes, change levels, etc… If you have an institutional subscription, however, there are a number of ways to handle this: Make use of your bonus students Remember that all institutional accounts include an unlimited number of instructors and[…]

Extempore Troubleshooting – Updating your Internet browser

Last Updated on 2017-09-27Extempore is built using the latest technologies, and it’s constantly updated to take advantage of new features and security other developers offer. For that reason, we strongly recommend that you only use Extempore on Chrome or Firefox, and that you set your browsers to update automatically. Please visit this page to learn[…]

Guest Post from TakeLessons.com – Ways to make money as a language lover

Last Updated on 2017-09-24Being multilingual is an amazing skill to have. It opens up many doors from travel to friends to job opportunities. Knowing another language is also becoming increasingly valuable in today’s job market, so if you speak a foreign language you’re ahead of the game! There are many jobs available including translation or[…]

Extempore finishes second in the MN Cup!

Last Updated on 2017-09-22The nation’s largest statewide entrepreneurial contest is heading into the final stretch as the thirteenth annual MN Cup competition today announces the eight 2017 division winners. Extempore is prod to have finished second in the High Tech Division, and as always we are thankful for the support of our schools now more than never![…]

Extempore colabora con la Conferencia De Profesores Online

Last Updated on 2017-09-14Extempore se enorgullece de colaborar con la Conferencia De Profesores Online, una iniciativa de Paulino Brener (fundador del Online Teacher Summit) que consiste en una conferencia completamente online y de inscripción gratuita que se llevará a cabo del 17 al 23 de septiembre. En la misma encontraréis información y herramientas para aquellos[…]

New Look and Feel for the Student Web Platform

Last Updated on 2017-09-12This week, Extempore will be making some look and feel updates to the Student Web Experience. The new version is easier to use and has a cleaner interface that matches the overall look and feel of Extempore’s brand. Additionally, some new features are included that will make navigation easier for students. We[…]

Extempore moves to the Finals of the Minnesota Cup

Last Updated on 2017-09-01The Minnesota Cup is the largest start-up competition in the United States. Sponsored by institutions such as 3M, Wells Fargo or the Bush Foundation, every year, the review board shifts through thousands of applications to select the start-ups with the most potential to succeed and make an impact. Extempore is proud to[…]

Extempore’s July Release

Last Updated on 2017-07-19Managing Students Extempore’s recent release has re-structured how classes and students are presented, in order to make it easier to re-use a class’ content from one semester or school year to the next. The “Students” tab has been removed and all its functionality is now on the”Manage Class” page, where you’ll see all[…]

Language Labs – Expensive and Under-used

Recently, we run a quick (and highly unscientific, we admit…) Twitter survey. We were trying to confirm something that our customers tell us all the time: that computer labs are very rarely used. They are expensive, they take up space… yet they are so cumbersome to book, they require so much time and oversight to obtain[…]

Five things to love about Extempore’s refreshed web interface

Last Updated on 2017-07-11Yes, all great products periodically go through the self-review process of analyzing how their web interface flows and coming up with improvements. That is what we just did.  We are launching a redesigned web interface for instructors and here are five things to love about it. Faster instructor experience. You are now less[…]

How do you pronounce Extempore? It depends.

Last Updated on 2017-04-10When we launched Extempore, in the summer of 2016, we chose the name as a way to highlight that our app allows instructors to obtain spontaneous speech from their students. Extempore, after all, is Latin for “said without preparation”.  As you know, we were trying to solve the problem of students writing[…]

New Extempore Release (#50)

Last Updated on 2017-02-25We are happy to announce a major upgrade to the way students sign up to use Extempore. Starting today: Students will be able to sign into Extempore with one step: when they click on your class link, they will be taken to a sign-up screen. After filling out the form, a username[…]

The Year in Review

Last Updated on 2016-12-21As we close 2016, we’d like to share with you the highlights of these last 12 months, which have been momentous for our young company. First and foremost, we need to thank you, our users. From those who took a leap of faith and bought a product with no track record (Boston[…]

Extempore featured in EPC’s Show

Last Updated on 2016-07-01On June 29th, Extempore’s founders were interviewed by educational celebrity Paulino Brener for his Educators Performers Creators Show (EPCSHOW). The interview was broadcasted live through Google Hangouts and Facebook. During the show, Extempore’s cofounders Susana Perez and Carlos Seoane demoed the Extempore platform and answered questions from the host and the audience. As[…]

New Release

Last Updated on 2016-06-01We are happy to announce Extempore’s new major release, which includes some highly requested new features: You can now provide audio feedback: from the “grading” tab instructors can add not only a numeric score and written comments, but also record audio comments as part of the grade (available now in Android, next[…]

Deeloh Technologies and SkillFitness Announce Partnership

Last Updated on 2016-04-06Minneapolis, MN (April 6, 2016) Deeloh Technologies and SkillFitness today announced the formation of a partnership to introduce the Extempore App, a product that promises to fundamentally change the way students practice and learn foreign languages using their smartphones and tablets. With seventeen million students enrolled in foreign language classes at the[…]

Extempore reviewed at AppEdReview

Last Updated on 2016-03-08Extempore has been reviewed by the website AppEdReview, the leading source of information about mobile learning tools. AppEdReview ranked Extempore very high in terms of design and efficiency, and offered a number classroom applications. You can read the full review here.    

Extempore and Coach

Last Updated on 2016-02-26In this blog, we have written about the many ways in which Extempore can help foreign language teaching. We have also discussed online teaching, and general tips and tricks to increase speaking in the classroom, and out of it. We have not yet covered an increasingly popular use of Extempore, though –[…]

High School January Pilot – Survey Results

Last Updated on 2016-02-15During 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[…]

Assessing Speaking Skills: Extempore Solves Much More than Scheduling Issues

Last Updated on 2017-11-21In our blog from Nov 29th, we told you about Extempore’s origins: our founders’ desire to avoid the hassle of having to schedule 1:1 interviews with each of their students to assess spontaneous speech… and consequently having to find something else for the students to do while not taking part in the interview.[…]