Backward Planning, Tasks and Extempore and Other IT tools

Small-scale research into how pronunciation can be improved in the new normal using state-of-the-art methodology The challenge of integrating the pronunciation component into lesson design Designing state-of-the-art lessons could be all but a challenge. Many teachers are faced with the need to cover the syllabus and so, simply focus on turning the pages of coursebooks[…]

A Task-Based Lesson Sequence to Teach the English Front Vowels

Last Updated on 2021-02-03Designed using Backward Planning, integrative task support, the Flipped Classroom Model, Extempore, and other tech tools: The current lesson sequence was designed thinking the steps suggested by the Backward Design (Wiggins and McTighe, 2005) presented below. These activities have all been part of a small scale study conducted 2020. To help students[…]

Unique Ways to Use Extempore #3: Freewrites / Freetalks

Last Updated on 2021-01-19If 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 2021-01-29I 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 2021-01-29Part 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[…]

Extempore and Avant Announce Strategic Alliance

Last Updated on 2021-01-29Practice questions for Avant’s STAMP™ assessments are now available to Extempore users for free. St. Paul, MN – Extempore is pleased to announce that Avant Assessment, a leader in online, adaptive language proficiency assessments, will provide practice tests for the Avant STAMP™ assessment on Extempore’s online platform for language practice and classroom[…]