Using Alexa for Flashcard-Based Learning

Lucy Skidmore, Roger K. Moore


Despite increasing awareness of Alexa’s potential as an educational tool, there remains a limited scope for Alexa skills to accommodate the features required for effective language learning. This paper describes an investigation into implementing ‘spaced-repetition’, a non-trivial feature of flashcard-based learning, through the development of an Alexa skill called ‘Japanese Flashcards’. Here we show that existing Alexa development features such as skill persistence allow for the effective implementation of spaced-repetition and suggest a heuristic adaptation of the spaced-repetition model that is appropriate for use with voice assistants (VAs). We also highlight areas of the Alexa development process that limit the facilitation of language learning, namely the lack of multilingual speech recognition, and offer solutions to these current limitations. Overall, the investigation shows that Alexa can successfully facilitate simple L2-L1 flashcard-based language learning and highlights the potential for Alexa to be used as a sophisticated and effective language learning tool.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2893

Cite as: Skidmore, L., Moore, R.K. (2019) Using Alexa for Flashcard-Based Learning. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 1846-1850, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2893.


@inproceedings{Skidmore2019,
  author={Lucy Skidmore and Roger K. Moore},
  title={{Using Alexa for Flashcard-Based Learning}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={1846--1850},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2893},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2893}
}