Almost halfway through the school year and we are back with another newsletter! Just a few months ago I gave some updates on Extempore Commons, our new Lite accounts, and our fledgling Extempore Ambassador Program.
Here are some recent updates around Extempore.
Blog Series and Webinar on Vocabulary
Back in October, we first posted our new blog series on vocabulary, which has included some personal musings about teaching vocabulary, excerpts and analysis from research on vocabulary, and discussion on applying some vocabulary strategies in the classroom.
To augment this blog series and provide more value to interested teachers, we are hosting a webinar on vocabulary next Thursday, January 27th, at 4 p.m. CST. This webinar will be cohosted by Extempore and Dr. Joe Barcroft, who has researched and written extensively on vocabulary at Washington University St. Louis. The webinar will feature discussions on…
Defining vocabulary and determining its role in the language classroom
Input-based strategies for introducing vocabulary
Task-based strategies for assessing vocabulary
Relevant examples for practicing and assessing on the Extempore platform
Those interested in attending this webinar can register by clicking the button below. If you are unable to attend, don’t worry: a recording of the webinar will be uploaded to our YouTube channel shortly afterwards.
Extempore on YouTube
Speaking of YouTube, our channel is growing! Outside of uploading past webinars, we’ve also started new segments called blog breakdowns, where I discuss recent blog posts and provide extra tips on how you can integrate the topics into your classroom and connect them with practice on Extempore. Check out our first blog breakdown below on one of my favorite classroom routines, “One Minute News.”
We are incredibly thankful for the support and consistent feedback from our wonderful community of teachers. To best cater to your interests and needs, we've put together a short survey. If you could take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey (linked below), we would be extremely grateful.
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Extempore Community Manager