Getting Started with Extempore: First Steps, Quick Tips and More

Last Updated on 2021-05-06Welcome! Welcome to Extempore! Like starting anything new, learning how to use a new tech application for your classroom can take some time. Follow the steps below, and you and your students will soon feel comfortable using a platform that saves teachers time on assessments, reduces student anxiety, and houses a comprehensive[…]

Academic Integrity and Secure Assessments on Extempore

Last Updated on 2021-05-04An assessment app by nature, Extempore boasts numerous safeguards for maintaining academic integrity and test security. Introduction We will be honest with you— for any digital assessment tool, there is only so much that can be done to ensure academic integrity and test security. However, we at Extempore are doing everything we[…]

Diving Deeper Into Extempore Sync (+5 Free Tasks!)

Last Updated on 2021-04-09By now you’ve probably familiarized yourself with Extempore Sync, our newest feature that allows for live interpersonal communication. And what a neat feature it is! And as a language teacher, there’s nothing better to inspire new ideas for teaching and learning than a new online toy, err…. tool. But when that initial[…]

Statement From Extempore CEO Regarding New Partnership With Minnesota Department of Education

Last Updated on 2021-03-17Recently, we at Extempore announced a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to host Bilingual Seals assessments directly on the Extempore platform. It is an honor for us to be a part of this collaboration between local districts, schools, teachers, and students on the path to a greater understanding of[…]

PRESS RELEASE — Pencils down, phones out: Minnesota high school students to use MN-made app for bilingual exam

Last Updated on 2021-03-17Below is a copy of a recent press release detailing our new partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education and its Bilingual Seals Program. Extempore, a speaking practice app for language education, will be used by Minnesota students seeking Bilingual Seals. MINNEAPOLIS — March 17th, 2021 – Bilingual students across Minnesota are putting[…]

Extempore Sync: Everything You Need to Know

Last Updated on 2021-04-22For the past few months, language teachers everywhere have been seeking the best way to observe their students engaging in interpersonal communication. But solutions have been elusive. And for students, it hasn’t been easier. Navigating multiple tech tools, managing microphone and video settings, all while actually talking to one another in the[…]

Backward Planning, Tasks and Extempore and Other IT tools

Last Updated on 2021-04-01Small-scale research into how pronunciation can be improved in the new normal using state-of-the-art methodology The challenge of integrating the pronunciation component into lesson design Designing state-of-the-art lessons could be all but a challenge. Many teachers are faced with the need to cover the syllabus and so, simply focus on turning the[…]

A Task-Based Lesson Sequence to Teach the English Front Vowels

Last Updated on 2021-04-01Designed using Backward Planning, integrative task support, the Flipped Classroom Model, Extempore, and other tech tools: The current lesson sequence was designed thinking the steps suggested by the Backward Design (Wiggins and McTighe, 2005) presented below. These activities have all been part of a small scale study conducted 2020. To help students[…]