A. Efficiency - 8
B. Functionality - 6.7
C. Design - 9
Extempore: A Quality App for Language instruction
Summary : Helping to Mobilize Foreign Language Instruction!
Extempore is designed to assess users’ speaking skills as they acquire a new language. Extempore functions as both a website and an app. To begin, teacher users will need to log into the Extempore website. Next, teacher users will click the “Content” button on the top of the screen, choose if they wish to create or edit an assessment, and then create questions by adding text and images. As teacher users load questions, they can set parameters for how long students users will have to respond, how many attempts they will have, and how they will be graded. Once loaded, student users who are enrolled in the class will have access to the questions via the Extempore app.
To access them, student users will have to log into the app, select the assessment, and give the app access to their camera and microphone. They will then be able to record their response to each question that is part of the assessment. Once student users respond, teacher users are able to log into the website, click the “Grading” option, select the assessment to be graded, view the video, grade it using the rubric, offer additional feedback, and then tap the “Save” button. These actions will automatically load the grade into the grade book, and student users will be able to view it by tapping the “Grades” option in the app.
Instructional Ideas for Extempore
- Teachers can create questions that focus on vocabulary. For example, teachers can make a question that presents a word to students in their native language and accompany it with an image. Students can respond by recording themselves saying the word in a foreign language. Teachers can increase the rigor by presenting only an image of a word and require students to pronounce the word in both their native and foreign languages.
- To begin teaching conversational language skills, teachers can ask students a close-ended question about themselves and let students respond to it. For example, teachers can ask students how old they are, how many siblings they have, or what color hair they have. Students can respond using a one-word response or teachers can require students say a complete thought in response (e.g., “I have two siblings.”). Teachers can ask the question in either students’ native language or foreign language, and students can respond in the other language. For example, if the question is asked in their native language, students can respond in the foreign language.
- When teaching vocabulary words, teachers can create a question for each vocabulary word. To do so, teachers can create questions so each one presents a word and its definition. Next, students will have to respond by using the word contextually in a complete sentence.
- As students become familiar with the types of questions that can be entered into this app, teachers can assign them units of language and words. In response, students can form the language and words into questions. When ready, teachers can call students to their desk and guide them in creating one or more questions that their classmates will answer using the app.
- For advanced students, teachers can present them an open-ended prompt. Students will then record their response in the app, which teachers will grade. Example prompts teachers can ask are: (1) Tell me about a favorite childhood memory, (2) Explain a hobby or sport that you enjoy, and (3) Discuss one of your long-term goals.
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