Conferring Made Simple: Assessing Reading Skills with Extempore

Last Updated on 2019-08-19Time. Time is a teacher’s most precious commodity. We literally never have enough of it and are always, ALWAYS asking for more. We need time to plan lessons, collaborate with staff, grade homework, and even observe students practice and utilize the skills and strategies we teach. As a previous elementary classroom teacher,[…]

A World Language Activity for Visual Learners

Last Updated on 2019-07-29See it Say it! Many learners we teach rely on visuals to help them interpret and process information. Today, I am going to share a resource for images and how I use them as a springboard for speaking activities in the world language classroom.    The site is supported by the University of[…]

New Integration: Schoology

Last Updated on 2019-07-26 If your institution uses Schoology, we’ve got great news! You can now integrate Extempore assessments into Schoology directly. What does that mean? This integration allows you to connect an Extempore Assessment to a Schoology Assignment and send grades from Extempore to your Schoology Gradebook. Additionally, your students are now able to complete[…]

Extempore at the University of Wisconsin’s Collaborative Language Program Workshop

Last Updated on 2019-07-22  The Collaborative Language Program In May, Extempore was invited to present at a workshop organized by the Collaborative Language Program at the University of Wisconsin System. The Collaborative Language Program (CLP) is a cutting edge way for UW System to staff and support language programs at schools that would otherwise not[…]

A Student-Led Discussion Activity for the World Language Classroom

Last Updated on 2019-07-17Triangle Talk/Triángulo de Tertulia This is not only a great speaking activity for world languages, but also a student-led activity.  The first time I did it this year, the students were scared, but they grew to love  it and it became almost a weekly occurrence in the classroom. By the end of[…]

New Enhancements to Extempore!

Last Updated on 2019-07-08The Extempore team has been busy over the summer. As we do every year, we use the break to push updates to the platform. Some of these updates are major new features (teaser: a BIG one is coming in late July!) but many others are small tweaks, performance and usability improvements that[…]

Keeping Students in the Target Language [Three Classroom Activities]

Last Updated on 2019-07-17Three Activities and Strategies to keep language students in the target language In this blog post I am going to share with you a couple of strategies and highly engaging activities that I use regularly in the classroom.  The Can of Blah Blah Blah  (La Lata de bla bla bla) This activity[…]

All-In-One Activity for the World Language Classroom: Yes.  No. Maybe?

Last Updated on 2019-07-16One Activity:  All-in-one and done? Could there be such a thing? Sometimes being a world language teacher is overwhelming.  We do it all…speaking, listening, writing and reading. These are all essential elements of an effective classroom making it all-in-one!   In addition to all of these moving parts, we want our students to connect[…]