Active Learning Ideas for Language Teaching with Zoom

Last Updated on 2020-04-21Guest Post by Susana Perez-Castillejo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Spanish, University of St. Thomas. Beyond the Zoom breakout rooms for speaking activities and shared Google docs for collaborative writing practice, there are other tools we can leverage to make our synchronous class meetings a bit more interactive. These are ideas I have been learning[…]

A Tool for AP Simulated Conversation and Cultural Comparison Practice

Last Updated on 2020-04-10If you would like your students to practice the format of the AP World Language and Culture Exam now instead of waiting until May, Extempore can help. This guide shows how to create Extempore assignments that replicate the same time constraints and environment that your students will have during the test, when[…]

Going Digital for Speaking Practice: Is It Necessary?

Last Updated on 2020-04-10 No one can deny that technology plays an important part in our teaching practices these days. The new generation of students, the so-called “digital natives”, usually welcome state-of-the-art lessons that integrate technology with great enthusiasm, as it is a great motivation booster. Yet, when we come to think about what makes[…]

Taking pronunciation practice to the next level: Let’s forget about individual sounds and focus on the message

Last Updated on 2020-02-25The importance of teaching learners about nuclear stress. Traditionally, pronunciation practice has been centered on what some would typify as “articulatory gymnastics”, i.e. a drill-based approach for teaching selected L2 sounds (or segments). The use of these drill-like activities has been criticized overtly and regarded as “techniques of the past which have[…]

Making the Case: Technology for Asynchronous Language Learning

Last Updated on 2020-02-18  Nowadays technological developments have affected our lives, how we communicate, how we learn and, of course, our way of teaching. Indeed, it is almost impossible to find a language class that does not use some technological support. Computer assisted language learning has changed the practice of teaching (Chapelle & Voss, 2016).[…]