Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Learning English via Mobile Phones in Bangladesh

Via MediaNama
BBC World Service Trust announced last month that Janala, a mobile service which helps learn English via mobile phones in Bangladesh, has delivered 1 million English lessons.

The services is based on the mobile interactive voice response system (IVR). Users in Bangladesh dial 3000 and get access to 3 minute long audio lessons and SMS quizzes. The lessons vary from Essential English for beginners to story telling lessons for advanced learners. According to the blog post, 39 percent of the callers return to the service, and lessons for beginners gets 69 percent repeat usage. In Bangladesh there is a return rate of 5 percent for other mobile information products and services. Telecom operators charge 1 Taka per minute for the lessons, though it has been criticized for still being rather high.

The website for the service looks equally equally helpful to users to learn English as it has free services such as pronunciation tips with audio files, vocabulary lessons, quizzes and text, audio and video downloads. Users can join the website for free.

Read the entire story here. The same article had two interesting links to similar projects in India - 1 and 2.

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