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EnglishCentral Launches ChatGPT to English Learners at Scale

EnglishCentral Launches ChatGPT to English Learners at Scale

ChatGPT now enables true conversation practice for over 20,000 interactive video lessons on EnglishCentral

Boston, April 2, 2023. EnglishCentral today announced the launch of the first English language learning application using ChatGPT to enable AI-powered conversational English practice on thousands of topics. Millions of EnglishCentral users can now converse with a new AI-powered Chatbot, named MiMi, that engages learners in a manner similar to a human tutor. This release of MiMi incorporates the latest ChatGPT models from Open AI, combines them with EnglishCentral’s IntelliSpeechSM speech recognition engine, and marks a huge leap in learner engagement over previous versions of conversational chatbots.

The core of EnglishCentral’s platform is over 20,000 interactive video lessons, covering a wide-range of topics and levels for English language learners to practice conversational English. Using ChatGPT at its core, MiMi is now capable of engaging in authentic, conversations with learners on topics such as:

To check out more examples of MiMi chatting about over 20,000 videos on EnglishCentral, Register for FREE here.

“We are at a real turning point in the use of AI in English language learning with the release of the latest chat models” commented Alan Schwartz, CEO & Founder of EnglishCentral. “We have been working on chatbots for several years at EnglishCentral, and this release represents a huge leap in capabilities with clear benefits for learners — we see already a 50% increase in engagement of our users when interacting with our ChatBot MiMi using the ChatGPT models.”

The benefits to learners of a chatbot powered by large language models come from their ability to be much more engaging thereby enabling many more turns of a conversation, in terms of context and relevance. The work EnglishCentral has done to build on the ChatGPT base models, includes both the prompt engineering in how to instruct the models, as well as the fine tuning of the generic model to make them specifically suited for speech-enabled language learning, both in terms of engagement and feedback.

To learn more about the R&D behind the MiMi ChatBot go here:

The Teacher-Machine Learning Loop

Steve Chambers, a pioneer in the natural language processing industry for over 20 years for companies like Nuance Communications and an ed-tech entrepreneur, commented: “EnglishCentral pioneered conversational language learning with both human and AI feedback. With ChatGPT, EnglishCentral introduces Conversational Depth, giving students human-like conversational dialog around the pop-culture and educational content proven to engage language learners the most.”

About EnglishCentral: EnglishCentral is one of the most widely adopted AI-powered English language conversation platform in the world, changing the way students and professionals across the globe learn to speak English. Adopted by over 1000 universities, schools and corporations in over 100 countries, the company delivers interactive, video-based language learning experiences for both self-study and one-on-one tutoring, providing one of the most widely adopted and complete platforms for practicing and mastering English conversation online. Its extensive library of video lessons, proprietary IntelliSpeech℠ speech assessment technology, and pre-built course modules guarantee results for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners.

Press Contact:
Shunsuke Furuyama, Marketing Director, press@englishcentral.com, Phone: +815038023236