Blog Series: 4 Unique Ways to Use Extempore to Enhance Your Language Teaching

Last Updated on 2020-12-04Part I – Overview Extempore, The Speaking Practice App, that’s us. On Extempore, flexible features can help you craft immaculate assessments and extra speaking opportunities for your students. It’s also a solution for a plethora of needs in the language class, including real-world tasks, simple end of class exit tickets, as well[…]

Extempore and Avant Announce Strategic Alliance

Last Updated on 2020-11-17Practice questions for Avant’s STAMP™ assessments are now available to Extempore users for free. St. Paul, MN – Extempore is pleased to announce that Avant Assessment, a leader in online, adaptive language proficiency assessments, will provide practice tests for the Avant STAMP™ assessment on Extempore’s online platform for language practice and classroom[…]

An Introduction to Task-based Language Learning and Teaching

Last Updated on 2020-11-03Not too long ago I finished up a rather robust project for Extempore: reworking the importable tasks page. The driving force behind this endeavor was my newfound appreciation for task-based learning combined with a realization that Extempore would be the perfect host for such a project. After weeks of creating tasks, writing[…]

Let’s Talk About Pacing [Four Tips for the Language Classroom]

Last Updated on 2020-10-05Student engagement. Formative and summative assessment. Content delivery (i.e. actual teaching) in a hybrid learning setting. These were all predominant concerns of mine before school officially began for me in early September. After all, this was terra incognita: how in the world am I supposed to teach language online? My students need[…]

Extempore’s Back to School Newsletter

Last Updated on 2020-08-25Back to school season brings back all the feelings for students: excitement, nervousness, and the chance to get back into a familiar routine after summer break. Wait, don’t teachers experience this too? Indeed we do! It’s not just teachers and students, though: parents, school officials and many others are greatly affected by[…]

Multiple Choice Questions Are Here! [Extempore Update]

Last Updated on 2020-06-26As we do every year, we use the summer break to push updates to the platform. Some of these updates are major new features; but many others are small tweaks, performance and usability improvements that are reported to us during the year. That being said, we’re excited to announce the first one[…]

Active Learning Ideas for Language Teaching with Zoom

Last Updated on 2020-06-07Guest 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[…]