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[…]

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[…]