Chat can be a useful in a variety of ways for langauge learners. It can allow them practice their writing skills and overcome the affective filters that can be part of using their L2 to interact with others. There no formal assignment for this Training page, but feel free to blog about any of the tools you try.
automated chat tools that can be pre-programmed say certain things
or interact with users.
Text to speech chatbots allow you to create a speaking character (or avatar)
Press the play button to right to listen to a Voki Text to Speech Chatbot. >>>>>
Interactive Chatbots can be programmed to respond to users.
This may be easier to understand by trying it rather than explaining it.
You can chat with Albert Einstein here
- MyBot: http://www.a-i.com/
- ALICE Bot: http://alice.pandorabots.com/
- Web Hal: http://www.zabaware.com/webhal/index.html
- Eliza Bot: http://www-ai.ijs.si/eliza/eliza.html
- Turing Hub: http://www.robitron.com/TuringHub/
- Santa Bot: http://www.santabot.com/
- Oddcast Bot: http://demo.vhost.pandorabots.com/pandora/talk-oddcast?botid=e10677c3ee36f742
- Pandora Bot (text only): http://demo.vhost.pandorabots.com/pandora/talk?botid=e10677c3ee36f742
- Virsona Bot: http://www.virsona.com/
- Nik Peachey explains how we can create a chat bot and how to use it in ESL classes: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/2008/09/artificial-intelligence-chat-bots-and.html
These are some of the places that EFL learners can go to engage in real time text chat.
- Dave'sESLCafe Chat Central (registration required)
- English Forums Chat
- English Club Chat (registration required)