Gennady Medvedev, Dr.
Sultan Qaboos University
Gennady holds a BA in teaching English and German and a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages from Minsk State Linguistic University. He is teaching in the Foundation Program at the Center for Preparatory Studies of Sultan Qaboos University.
Ask Alexa: Language Practice with Amazon Echo (PP11), Paper
This presentation discusses an innovative ELT approach with the use of an Amazon Echo device. When used as an original teaching aide, it allows practice of vocabulary in a variety of contexts, e.g. elimination of frequently mispronounced and misspelled words by Arab learners of English. Being sensitive to human input error, Alexa creates a machine-made ‘wall’ which language students can ‘break through’ solely by asking things correctly.