A Tool for AP Simulated Conversation and Cultural Comparison Practice

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If you would like your students to practice the format of the AP World Language and Culture Exam now instead of waiting until May, Extempore can help. This guide shows how to create Extempore assignments that replicate the same time constraints and environment that your students will have during the test, when completing the Simulated Conversation and Cultural Comparison sections

Extempore is the only platform built for language education and focused on speaking practice and assessment, in class or in a remote learning environment. Teachers are able to create oral assignments that students can answer from any device. Assignments on Extempore have a wide range of configurable parameters according to teachers’ learning goals: those parameters can be utilized to simulate the experience of the AP language exam.

Using Extempore for AP Exam Prep

When you create a question in Extempore, you can upload prompts for your students to respond. For Simulated Conversation practice, simply record an audio prompt that includes 20 second intervals between the questions. To practice the Cultural Comparison section, give your students 2-mins preparation time. You can see sample speaking prompts provided by the College Board at this website.

What will your students see? When they open the assignment, they will see a screen with two panels: the one on the left is the prompt, the one on the right is where students submit their answer. 

 

To practice answering with the same time constraints as in the actual AP exam, students press the record button at the same time as they start listening to the speaking prompt you created or uploaded. Remind students NOT to pause the prompt but let it run until the end. This way, students will be “forced” to provide their answers within the 20 second intervals between the questions. 

In your students’ responses you will hear both, the prompts and your students’ answers. Same as the AP platform does, Extempore presents a waveform of students’ spoken answers. Extempore’s assessment rubric is also fully customizable: you can choose to have one single score from 1 to 5. Together with the single score, Extempore also lets you provide written or audio feedback for your students. 

Creating An AP-Style Assessment

Interested in learning the fine details? Follow the following steps or watch the video below on how to create simulated conversation and cultural comparison style prompts and how to provide feedback to your students.

Step 1: Create an Assessment with The Correct Parameters

In Extempore, all questions are contained within assessments. You set the rules for the questions at the assessment level, so your first step is to create one or multiple assessments with the parameters necessary to simulate the AP Exam. These parameters should be:

  • Individual Assessment
  • Audio response
  • If your prompts already have the silences built in for the student to respond, you don’t need to use timers in order to simulate the conversation.
  • If you want to grade, you can add a rubric by clicking on “Show all parameters” and adding your criteria. You can read about last year’s assessed skills here.

You can also import this AP Assessment Template directly into your Extempore account. Watch the following video tutorial below on how to this works.

Step 2: Add Questions and Instructions

You can copy these instructions in your question body for your students to follow. 

Please follow these directions carefully:

  1. Click “RECORD” on the right hand on the screen
  2. Click play on the audio player below
  3. Listen to the instructions
  4. Answer the questions as instructed
  5. When done, click “STOP RECORDING”
  6. Click “SUBMIT”

For creating a prompt your have two options. If you already have a prompt in the AP style, you can just upload it by using the File button for the Media Prompt type. 

If you do not have a prompt, you can record it straight on Extempore. Make sure you allow the necessary number of seconds so your student can answer.

TIP: Write yourself a script before you start recording. That’ll save you multiple tries!

Step 3: Use The Student View Feature

When you return to the class management page in Extempore, you can click on “View as Student” to see how your question will look. The video below shows how your students would complete an assessment.

TIP: If possible, ensure your students are wearing headphones when they answer. That way, only their responses will be recorded, saving you having to skip the playback when grading. 

Step 4: Grade and Provide Feedback

Simply play the student’s response, and then grade against the rubric. Alternatively, you can include written, audio or written feedback. If your student has used headphones (highly encouraged!) you can use the wave form to skip directly to the spoken parts.

Ready to Use Extempore with Your Students?

Currently, Extempore is FREE for the remainder of the semester for all educators. After creating your account you’ll receive an email with this link to unlock full access. To get started, open a free account here.

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