Popya: Using mobile phone for speaking and listening fluency.

ROLE: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT
WITH DR. HILARY WILDER, WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY

We are working on a system that can allow users from places where English is not a native langue but is the language of instruction. Popya is a low-end, low-cost and an open-source Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system which can be used to deliver English listening and speaking fluency practice activities to students and teachers.

The system consists of a mobile phone, the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and the user. A mobile phone is used to dial a toll free phone number to access the IVR system. After entering in an access password, the user is presented with series of prompts and questions from a generated curriculum. The user would respond verbally and the response is automatically recorded by the IVR. The IVR will repeat the scenario and response choices if they choose the incorrect one. The user will also be asked to repeat the response if the IVR could not understand the response.

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