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How to design an ESL Assistant

Say hello to your virtual English language coach.

Use Cases
Lifestyle, Travel, Business Tools, Personal Development, Information
Channels
Chatbot Assistant
Components
Basic Steps
Logic Steps
Integration Steps
Visuals
Diedra Jones
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Overview

Designed by Diedra Jones

The ESL Assistant is a conversational chatbot for ESL students (English to Speakers of other Languages). A common obstacle for language learners is feeling nervous or "blocked". That is why I implemented a small talk warm-up found at the beginning of this experience. This is designed to help learners relax and stop focusing on their nerves.

To help strike up a conversation, the template uses weather data through an API call. The career-specific conversational flow has been designed to be expanded with task-based flows, APIs, and branching conversational paths.

This template will teach you: 

  • How to employ longer than usual delays between text steps to accommodate non-native readers of English
  • How to use APIs and a GET request to retrieve information using user data
  • The use of re-prompts and error handling
  • How to create a command that can be accessed anywhere in your project

💡 What else can you build with this template?

You can create a number of alternate experiences using this template, such as social conversation practice with icebreakers. It could also be used to practice other subjects, such as history, geography or practicing for the citizenship exam.

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