Teaching India English
Englishdost is an ed-tech startup aimed helping people from smaller towns and cities to learn to speak English fluently. I was part of the product team and was responsible for implementing a interactive and fun filled experience for the users.

Scope

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is originated in the mid 5th to 7th century AD. English has become necessary for mobility and social and economic success in the world today. English language public instruction began in India in the 1830s and since independence the influence and reach of English have grown immensely. English is no longer just a language, its a skill, without it you remain an unskilled labourer. English, it seems, will close the skill gap, offer employment opportunities and set the country on its development. This simple minded link between job opportunities, economic success and the english language has a increasing number of working class and lower middle class investing their hard earned money in spoken english courses. Due to the lack of quality english education, english language has not yet acquired the level to which it is expected to be. English learners encounters at least four types of problems:
1. challenges with pronunciation
2. issues with vocabulary
3. situational grammar, such as workplace english vs slang.
4. lack of confidence.
Given this scenario, the need for effective language teachers is on the rise – both virtual and physical. EnglishDost is a mobile app that helps people from smaller towns and cities to learn to speak English fluently. The training app is in the form of a speaking game (in English, of course) where the user plays the role of a person starting a new job. The app takes the user through a story where he participates in simulated conversations with colleagues, friends, and family. At every stage when the user speaks, the app uses speech recognition patterns to identify the player’s mistakes and then provides targeted feedback. The app is designed to train the auditory centres of the brain as well as parts of the brain associated with motor control of the mouth, lips, tongue, jaw, throat, and breathing. These centres are primarily required for listening and speaking skills.