Extempore’s July Release

Managing Students Extempore’s recent release has re-structured how classes and students are presented, in order to make it easier to re-use a class’ content from one semester or school year to the next. The “Students” tab has been removed and all its functionality is now on the”Manage Class” page, where you’ll see all students who have[…]

Learner Autonomy Can Lessen Language Anxiety

We have advocated before for establishing a classroom environment that fosters learner autonomy as a more effective way to promote language learning. One reason why autonomous learning is good for language development is that it helps reduce the anxiety related to foreign language learning. What are autonomous learning and foreign language anxiety? Autonomous learning is[…]

How to prepare for the AP Language and Culture spoken responses and the IB Individual Oral exam with Extempore

Both AP and IB language exams are attractive assessment options for high school students to demonstrate that they are ready for college-level work. Universities use these standardized tests to help their admissions and placement decisions, and many even award credit based on a particular score in those exams. In the case of foreign language oral[…]

Students speak more when using Extempore

Students speak more when using Extempore A little over a year ago, I blogged about the results of a survey on the role of Extempore in boosting confidence to speak among advanced learners of Spanish. Three quarters of the students reported feeling more confident to speak in the target language after a semester of regular[…]

Whole Class Speaking Activities: Dos and Don’ts

Have you witnessed a time when ALL your students were actively participating in the target language in a whole class discussion? Unless you teach highly motivated graduate students in small classes, I’m afraid the experience of a successful whole class discussion is not very frequent. And by successful I mean that the discussion could be[…]

What Motivated Extempore?

If you have attended a demo on how to use Extempore for speaking practice in your foreign language classroom, you have probably met one of the three co-founders who are teachers (and who currently keep teaching because they love it!). You may be wondering what led us to conceive of, design, and embark in the[…]