Not Your School Recess’ Four-Square:  A reading, writing and speaking activity for the World Language Classroom

Here is a quick, low-prep activity for the world language classroom.  It allows for reading and writing practice for most levels–I would say 4th grade and up. STEP 1:  IT’S ALL YOU! First, you need to create a paragraph that targets what you want the students to practice.  It could be a simple paragraph that[…]

Extempore Co-Founders Interviewed on The TEFLology Podcast

Last Updated on 2019-12-05Recently, two of Extempore’s co-founders sat down to discuss how technology, pedagogy, and linguistics can be brought together. If you haven’t yet listened to TEFLology, it’s an excellent podcast “all about teaching English as a foreign language, and related matters.” The podcast was started in 2014 by three EFL teachers working Japan (Matthew Schaefer, Matthew[…]

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[…]