Going Digital for Speaking Practice: Is It Necessary?

Last Updated on 2020-03-03 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).[…]

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[…]