The original title for this post was “Voicegram Is A Useful Tool For ELLs.” However, new chatbot creation tools are coming online a-mile-a-minute, and I wanted to put them all together in one place. Voicegram doesn’t quite fit that description, but the other tools listed do. So this is an “imperfect” list.
I’ve been a longtime fan of using chatbots with English Language Learners (see The Best Online “Chatbots” For Practicing English, as well as The Best “When I Say Jump” Online Sites For Practicing English).
I recently began exploring the possibility of having students create their own for their classmates to use. There are some free tools that seem pretty easy to use, like Rebot. And Botsify will also let you create a audio one for Alexa. And Storyline lets you build and publish Alexa skills without coding is a TechCrunch post about…what its headline describes.
Floatbot lets you create chatbots, including ones you can make for free.
It’s super-simple: login with an Amazon account, record, and then it emails you the recording, like this:
It seems to me like it would be great for speaking practice!
I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.