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

It 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 web experience on a[…]

Speaking Logs

I was sitting in my office the other day with one of my students minoring in Spanish. She was concerned with her scores on our recent oral exam and frustrated at how her speaking skills seemed to lag behind her writing and reading. “That’s normal!” – I said, as a way to frame my longer[…]

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

Extempore 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 new student user[…]

Scaffolding, conversing, linguistic analysis … and Extempore

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 this is a city[…]

Our mission aligns with ACTFL’s position on technology

The Extempore team’s mission to support language educators in the facilitation of instruction and assessment of oral skills aligns with ACTFL’s position on the role of technology in language learning. When I introduce Extempore at conferences and workshops, people often ask whether we are a stand-alone language software like Duolingo or Rosetta Stone. No, we[…]

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[…]