Extempore, the Speaking Practice App, Saves Teachers an Average of 15 Hours per Assessment
EdTech Language Platform Sees Usage Surge 400% Year over Year
ST. PAUL, Minn., November 1, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Extempore announces that year over year usage of its Speaking Practice platform has surged nearly 400 percent.
In addition to this growth, teachers are seeing valuable time savings while conducting oral language assessments. The average Extempore teacher has an average of 37 questions in their account and an average of 24 students. Conducting each of these assessments face to face instead of through the app would have taken these teachers nearly 15 hours.
Extempore allows us to increase the amount of speaking practice in our Spanish classes without the limitations like timing and scheduling with our students. Having this kind of flexibility has been transformational for our program, since it gives students more practice speaking and lets faculty provide really detailed feedback from anywhere.
Joshua Pongan, Coordinator of Spanish at Temple University
With Extempore, they are able to quickly create assessment prompts with images, audio and video, and distribute to dozens of students virtually anywhere, on any device.
The tool simplifies language education for academic institutions across the US and globally, and is being used by more than 10,000 foreign language teachers and their students.
“Language teachers are reaping real time savings with the Extempore platform,” says Carlos Seoane, co-founder and CEO. “We see them set up oral assignments in minutes with audio and video prompts either for formative or summative assessments or for practice, all over the globe.”
“Extempore allows us to increase the amount of speaking practice in our Spanish classes without the limitations like timing and scheduling with our students. Having this kind of flexibility has been transformational for our program, since it gives students more practice speaking and lets faculty provide really detailed feedback from anywhere,” says Joshua Pongan, Coordinator of Spanish Spanish at Temple University.
Earlier this year, Extempore announced funding as it continues to develop its ed-tech solution and prepares to ramp up its product roadmap into 2019. The next major release will include AP practice features and a collaborative learning component, where students will be able to interact with each other, promoting speaking practice with less instructor intervention.
Extempore makes teaching a language more efficient by simplifying the process of speaking practice. Today’s instructor-led focuses on listening and written communication places impractical demands on students and teachers alike when it comes to speaking practice. Unlike consumer applications such as Duolingo and Rosetta Stone, Extempore is a tool that builds on the instructor’s experience and knowledge of his or her students to improve language acquisition.
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, a top-tier public research university, is experiencing incredible momentum that is powered by academic excellence and innovation in college access and affordability. Founded by Russell H. Conwell in 1884, Temple’s official motto—Perseverantia Vincit, or Perseverance Conquers—reflects its community’s drive to make a difference and turn opportunities into accomplishments. Temple is a vital institution in the Philadelphia region and across Pennsylvania, contributing billions toward the commonwealth’s economy each year. Temple’s influence also extends around the globe, with longstanding campuses in Tokyo and Rome; programs in London, Beijing and many other locations; nearly 160 academic cooperations in 48 countries; and more than 317,000 alumni worldwide.