Unique Ways to Use Extempore #3: Freewrites / Freetalks

Last Updated on 2021-01-04If your students were dropped into the target language environment by themselves right at this second, what could they do? Could they survive with more than just primitive hand signals? “Freewrite” and “freetalk” assignments give you those answers. These tasks allow students to show what they can do in the target language[…]

Unique Ways to Use Extempore #2: Dictation

Last Updated on 2020-12-22I know, I know. Dictation? Yes, dictation. Sure, our students will likely never have to write out what they are hearing in real time outside of a school setting (are there careers as bilingual courtroom stenographers?), but that doesn’t mean there’s no use for dictation in the language classroom. Among its numerous[…]

Blog Series: 4 Unique Ways to Use Extempore to Enhance Your Language Teaching

Last Updated on 2021-01-15Part I – Overview Extempore, The Speaking Practice App, that’s us. On Extempore, flexible features can help you craft immaculate assessments and extra speaking opportunities for your students. It’s also a solution for a plethora of needs in the language class, including real-world tasks, simple end of class exit tickets, as well[…]

An Introduction to Task-based Language Learning and Teaching

Last Updated on 2020-11-03Not too long ago I finished up a rather robust project for Extempore: reworking the importable tasks page. The driving force behind this endeavor was my newfound appreciation for task-based learning combined with a realization that Extempore would be the perfect host for such a project. After weeks of creating tasks, writing[…]

Let’s Talk About Pacing [Four Tips for the Language Classroom]

Last Updated on 2020-10-05Student engagement. Formative and summative assessment. Content delivery (i.e. actual teaching) in a hybrid learning setting. These were all predominant concerns of mine before school officially began for me in early September. After all, this was terra incognita: how in the world am I supposed to teach language online? My students need[…]

Extempore’s Back to School Newsletter

Last Updated on 2020-08-25Back to school season brings back all the feelings for students: excitement, nervousness, and the chance to get back into a familiar routine after summer break. Wait, don’t teachers experience this too? Indeed we do! It’s not just teachers and students, though: parents, school officials and many others are greatly affected by[…]