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Alexa as a CALL platform for children: Where do we start?

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Author Tsourakis Nikos, Rayner Manny, Habibi Hanieh, Gallais Pierre-Emmanuel, Chua Cathy, Butterweck Matt,
Project A Crowdsourcing Platform for Spoken CALL Content
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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Title of proceedings Proceedings of the enetCollect WG3/WG5 workshop
Place Leiden, Holland

Open Access

URL http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2390/
Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)

Abstract

Amazon’s Alexa is now widely available and shows interesting potential as a platform for hosting CALL games aimed at children. In this paper, we describe an initial informal experiment where we created some simple CALL games and made them available to a few child testers. We report the children’s and parents’ reactions. Our overall conclusion is that, although Alexa has many positive features, there are still fundamental platform issues in the current version that make it very difficult to build compelling CALL games for children. The games used will soon be freely available for download on the Alexa store.
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