Extempore’s New Release – Archiving Classes and Email Notifications

Extempore 4.6 is now available with two highly sought-after features: Archiving Classes You can now archive old classes. Archiving a class will remove it from your Classes tab, unenroll all students and delete all attempts. The content of an archived class can be restored from the “Archived Classes” page, but students and attempts cannot be[…]

Troubleshooting – Chrome and Firefox Issue might affect Extempore on Mac Laptops

It has recently been reported that a bug between Chromium (the backend used by internet browsers Firefox and Chrome) and the CoreAudio library of macOS might cause Chrome to fail to connect to the laptop’s microphone and camera when the laptop is woken up from sleep.   If you use Extempore’s student web experience on[…]

Extempore’s New Release- “View as student” and other updates

Extempore is launching an updated version of the Content Management System aimed at simplifying the instructor experience. New features include: 1.- “View as student” button Going forward, you won’t need to create a student in order to view your oral assignments. Clicking on the “View Class as Student” link will create a new student user[…]

Managing your subscription in Extempore

It can be difficult to manage the number of students in your class: people drop off, move classes, change levels, etc… If you have an institutional subscription, however, there are a number of ways to handle this: Make use of your bonus students Remember that all institutional accounts include an unlimited number of instructors and[…]

Extempore’s July Release

Managing Students Extempore’s recent release has re-structured how classes and students are presented, in order to make it easier to re-use a class’ content from one semester or school year to the next. The “Students” tab has been removed and all its functionality is now on the”Manage Class” page, where you’ll see all students who have[…]

Whole Class Speaking Activities: Dos and Don’ts

Have you witnessed a time when ALL your students were actively participating in the target language in a whole class discussion? Unless you teach highly motivated graduate students in small classes, I’m afraid the experience of a successful whole class discussion is not very frequent. And by successful I mean that the discussion could be[…]

But my students can’t assess their own progress!

It turns out they can, and rather accurately. Paula Winke (2014), from the University of Michigan, studied how a group of learners’ self-ratings of their oral performances in Chinese compared to the ratings provided by two Chinese language experts. She found that learners’ self-assessments largely coincided (roughly 90% of agreement) with those of the expert[…]

Unique Scavenger Hunts for Your Classes

Do you need a couple of fun activity ideas to fight end-of-the-year boredom? Do you love scavenger hunts for language learning? If you answered yes to both questions, this post is for you. Scavenger Hunt Idea # 1 Have students record short videos about a personal experience (for example, your best summer vacation, your best[…]

Five things to love about Extempore’s refreshed web interface

Yes, all great products periodically go through the self-review process of analyzing how their web interface flows and coming up with improvements. That is what we just did.  We are launching a redesigned web interface for instructors and here are five things to love about it. Faster instructor experience. You are now less clicks away from[…]