Developing Oral Proficiency in Blended and Online Language Courses

Last Updated on 2019-10-11 Blended and online language courses are an increasingly common occurrence in colleges and high schools across the country. They allow students who, for many different reasons, cannot physically come to class three times a week to either start or continue learning a language; at the program level, pooling together students from[…]

Extempore Reviewed by The Edtech Roundup

Last Updated on 2019-09-23 What’s The Edtech Roundup? Extempore was just reviewed by The EdTech Roundup! If you’re unfamiliar, The Roundup is run by Mike Karlin, who has over a decade of classroom experience and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University’s Instructional Systems Technology program. The review gives an overview of what Extempore[…]

“Spoking” in the World Language Classroom with Infographics

Last Updated on 2019-09-10In today’s image-rich world, infographics have become an essential way to convey information and statistics without an overwhelming overdose of text.   This feature makes infographics an ideal instructional tool for teachers in the world language classroom. I often use infographics in the to elicit responses and reactions from students in the[…]

Extempore in your Computer Lab

Last Updated on 2019-09-04One of the great advantages of cloud-based products like Extempore is their portability and flexibility: unlike on a legacy language lab, your students are free to practice speaking in any setting, at any time. You are not tied to a room, or a specific type of hardware, or a booking system. This[…]

Conferring Made Simple: Assessing Reading Skills with Extempore

Last Updated on 2019-08-19Time. Time is a teacher’s most precious commodity. We literally never have enough of it and are always, ALWAYS asking for more. We need time to plan lessons, collaborate with staff, grade homework, and even observe students practice and utilize the skills and strategies we teach. As a previous elementary classroom teacher,[…]

A World Language Activity for Visual Learners

Last Updated on 2019-07-29See it Say it! Many learners we teach rely on visuals to help them interpret and process information. Today, I am going to share a resource for images and how I use them as a springboard for speaking activities in the world language classroom.    The site is supported by the University of[…]

New Integration: Schoology

Last Updated on 2019-07-26 If your institution uses Schoology, we’ve got great news! You can now integrate Extempore assessments into Schoology directly. What does that mean? This integration allows you to connect an Extempore Assessment to a Schoology Assignment and send grades from Extempore to your Schoology Gradebook. Additionally, your students are now able to complete[…]

Extempore at the University of Wisconsin’s Collaborative Language Program Workshop

Last Updated on 2019-07-22  The Collaborative Language Program In May, Extempore was invited to present at a workshop organized by the Collaborative Language Program at the University of Wisconsin System. The Collaborative Language Program (CLP) is a cutting edge way for UW System to staff and support language programs at schools that would otherwise not[…]

A Student-Led Discussion Activity for the World Language Classroom

Last Updated on 2019-07-17Triangle Talk/Triángulo de Tertulia This is not only a great speaking activity for world languages, but also a student-led activity.  The first time I did it this year, the students were scared, but they grew to love  it and it became almost a weekly occurrence in the classroom. By the end of[…]

New Enhancements to Extempore!

Last Updated on 2019-07-08The Extempore team has been busy over the summer. As we do every year, we use the break to push updates to the platform. Some of these updates are major new features (teaser: a BIG one is coming in late July!) but many others are small tweaks, performance and usability improvements that[…]

Keeping Students in the Target Language [Three Classroom Activities]

Last Updated on 2019-07-17Three Activities and Strategies to keep language students in the target language In this blog post I am going to share with you a couple of strategies and highly engaging activities that I use regularly in the classroom.  The Can of Blah Blah Blah  (La Lata de bla bla bla) This activity[…]

All-In-One Activity for the World Language Classroom: Yes.  No. Maybe?

Last Updated on 2019-07-16One Activity:  All-in-one and done? Could there be such a thing? Sometimes being a world language teacher is overwhelming.  We do it all…speaking, listening, writing and reading. These are all essential elements of an effective classroom making it all-in-one!   In addition to all of these moving parts, we want our students to connect[…]

New Integration: Blackbaud!

Last Updated on 2019-04-23  If your institution uses Blackbaud, we’ve got great news! You can now integrate Extempore assessments into Blackbaud directly. What does that mean? This integration allows you to connect an Extempore Assessment to a Blackbaud Assignment and send grades from Extempore to your Blackbaud Gradebook. Additionally, your students are now able to complete[…]

We’re in Class Tech Tips!

Last Updated on 2019-04-10“What does it look like to leverage technology to increase participation, efficiency, and engagement?” I think we know here at Extempore. Class Tech Tips just covered Extempore in their blog! They highlight how we are a helpful resource for language educators and the benefits we bring to students like: Creating speaking portfolios Save[…]

How to Fund Extempore

Last Updated on 2019-02-27Extempore is a low cost alternative to a language lab that can easily be funded by a grant. First things first… The most important thing about grant writing is that you cannot fit a square peg into a round hole. What this means is that you cannot use a technology grant to[…]

Extempore Featured in the Language Educator’s Tech Watch

Last Updated on 2019-02-14The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ publication The Language Educator is a magazine for ACTFL members. In its recent Tech Watch, Extempore was featured as a tool to increase “learners’ opportunities for meaningful target language use and exposure.” The Language Educator is a great resource for news and information for educators of all[…]

Customizable Rubric is Live [Extempore Update]

Last Updated on 2019-02-05Everyone has been asking for it and we’re happy to say it’s now live! Extempore users can now create a customizable rubric!  Each criterion can be weighted individually on a scale of 1 to 10. Create an assignment and try it out! Note: Students NEED to update their mobile apps to see[…]

New Extempore Content Available from Teacher’s Discovery

Last Updated on 2019-04-15 We are happy to announce that Extempore users can now access content at Teacher’s Discovery! The Oral Assessments for Extempore from Teacher’s Discover are great if you’re looking for something new for your language classroom. Currently there are 10 content groups available. However, they are designed for Spanish instruction with more[…]