Why did we build it?

As a Capstone project, our team has built Linguarium in the span of 12 weeks. In our initial investigation of the major problems within the language instruction industry, we quickly discovered that from the language student’s point of view the most significant problem was the fact that even after completing a language course, they were still unable to converse comfortably in their new language. This problem is the central issue Linguarium aims to solve.

What is Lingurium?

Through our customer research, we have found a consensus about the lack of interactivity in the language learning process. Students mentioned that they do not have a lot of opportunities to practice speaking with a native speaker. They also mentioned that alternative solutions such as Duolingo, a popular language teaching application, lack this interactive aspect. On the other hand, teachers we interviewed told us that they do not teach classes online because the platforms that they teach through are either hard to use or lack the many tools that they feel are essential in the teaching process. With this insight, our team set out to build Linguarium, an interactive language learning platform. With Linguarium, teachers and students can connect with each other in a virtual classroom. Classes on Linguarium are either 1-1 or with a maximum of 4 students to maximize the interaction between teachers and students. We are also bringing a suite of tools to enhance the experience of both students and teachers on the platform.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A FINISHED PRODUCT

Through the period of 12 weeks, our team was constantly in touch with both language teachers and students to hear their feedback and suggestions as we continue to improve our MVP.

Linguarium Features

Here are some of the core features we have implemented in our MVP. We have validated all of the features with language teachers and students in our development process.

  • Simple UI

    Linguarium has a very minimal and clean UI, which makes it simple and easy to use for both teachers and students.

  • Raising Hand

    Students will have the ability to raise their hand during the lesson and the teacher will be notified by the action.

  • Vocabulary List

    Teachers can prepare a list of vocabulary before the lesson. At anytime during the lesson, they can show/hide a word on the screens of the student with a simple click.

  • Translation Bot

    Students who are struggling to find the right word or phrase can have the ability to translate a word or phrase. To use this feature, simply type in the keyword "/translate" followed by whatever word or phrase in your native language.

  • Collaborative Whiteboard

    Teachers have mentioned the Teachers and students can all collaborate on a digital whiteboard.

  • Preplanned Lesson Materials

    Teachers can preplan their lessons ahead of time and upload all relevant materials. These materials will be readily available for the online session.

About the Team

Duy Le

Computer Science Specialist at University of Toronto.

Ayodeji Oyewole

Computer Science Specialist at University of Toronto.

Abbass-Ali Siwjee

Computer Science Major with minor in Linguistics at University of Toronto.

How to run the Demo?

To see a demo of Linguarium in action, click on the button below. To try it out yourself, you will need 2 tabs opened. On both tabs, go to this website you are currently on. Click on the hamburger menu on the top right corner and select "Live Classroom (Teacher)" on tab 1 and "Live Classroom (Student)" on tab 2. You will prompted on each tab for a name.

On the teacher's tab, you will find the vocabulary list on the right hand side of the screen. Clicking on it would reveal an option to show it on the screen. If the button is clicked, the word and its definition will be shown on screen of both the teacher and all students that are live in the session.

Watch the Demo

Thank You

In parallel with the software development process, we have also develop a business plan for our prospective business. You can check it out here on the following link.