How to prepare for the AP Language and Culture spoken responses and the IB Individual Oral exam with Extempore

Last Updated on 2017-07-11Both AP and IB language exams are attractive assessment options for high school students to demonstrate that they are ready for college-level work. Universities use these standardized tests to help their admissions and placement decisions, and many even award credit based on a particular score in those exams. In the case of[…]

Students speak more when using Extempore

Last Updated on 2017-07-11Students speak more when using Extempore A little over a year ago, I blogged about the results of a survey on the role of Extempore in boosting confidence to speak among advanced learners of Spanish. Three quarters of the students reported feeling more confident to speak in the target language after a[…]

Speaking-to-Learn: How speaking promotes acquisition

Last Updated on 2019-08-28I’ve been wanting to write about the crucial role of spoken output in language learning for a while. While exposure to the target language – especially in the form of comprehensible oral input – is definitely the sine qua non of language acquisition, I would argue that output is as indispensable as[…]