Korea now using robots to teach their kids English

Apparently there’s a real shortage of affordable English teachers in South Korea, so they’re now testing a robot called Engkey to connect their students to cheaper teachers in the Philippines

Unlike that Japanese version , the rotund little Engkey robot doesn’t really look very human, although it will roam around the classroom talking to students, and can do a little dance. One weird feature is that instead of a face, Engkey has a black and white TV screen with a Caucasian teacher’s face.

While the robots cost about $10,000 each, the developer points out that they don’t need health care, sick leave, or vacation pay, and they aren’t likely to take off for a better paying gig in Japan. Better not let the American Federation of Teachers hear about that part.

 

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