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English-Teaching Robots Are Being Tested in South Korean Elementary Schools

Schools in Daegu, South Korea are testing robots to teach English. Currently, 29 Engkey robots are being tested in elementary schools.

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology has developed a 3.3-feet high Engkey robot that has a TV screen on which a Caucasian woman’s avatar face will appear.

The Engkey robot has been designed to read books. It can also dance by moving its arms and bobbing its head, according to the music. Software with alphabet games and songs is pre-installed in the robot. The robot is remotely controlled by teachers in Philippines. The teachers can see and hear the students through the robots. The robot is capable of expressing the real teacher’s facial expressions on the avatar faces on the screen.

According to South Koran education officials, as many foreign teachers don’t prefer to go to rural area schools, these robots can prove more efficient than human teachers.


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