Temple IELP instructors extended language learning opportunities in online teaching with Extempore.
After a successful pilot program, the academic staff decided to roll out Extempore to all pronunciation and oral presentation courses in the IELP.
In order to encourage active and frequent practice, completing homework on Extempore is included as a percentage of the final course grade.
Rapid student feedback on language performance enabled instructors to provide real-time lesson modifications, eliminating concepts that were mastered and focusing on problem areas.
Students at Temple’s IELP program are all adults and use Extempore on their own device. Some students prefer to use their laptop to complete Extempore assignments, while others enjoy submitting assignments directly from the app on their smartphone.
The IELP administered a post-program survey to special program students who used Extempore for their coursework. All students answered “agree” or “strongly agree” to the following questions:
Some open-ended student responses regarding Extempore included:
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