Robots Teach English To Young South Koreans

Some school kids in South Korea had an unusual substitute this week. The teacher, Engkey, is a robot. A pilot program has deployed about 30 robots that teach English as they scoot around reading books and singing songs.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

This week, some school kids in South Korea had an unusual substitute. The teacher's named Engkey and is a robot. A pilot program has deployed about 30 robots. They teach English as they scoot around reading books and singing songs. The robots are three feet tall and tubby with a TV panel displaying the face of a Western woman. That avatar mimics, in real time, the expressions of human operators in the Philippines.

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