The language learning market is saturated with many resources for beginners. However, many intermediate language learners—people who are already adept at reading and writing a second language—often struggle to improve their speaking ability because of lack of confidence and limited availability of native speakers. For my graduate capstone project for the MHCI+D program at the University of Washington, I worked with a group of three others to improve this experience.
We followed a user-centered design process to frame the problem, conduct research, and design a solution. The result is Dover, a language learning platform that pairs speaking practice with video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
Dover provides learners with access to a library of episodes in the language they are learning and allows them to save and practice speaking any line. By practicing privately in their own home, learners can improve pronunciation and build confidence. The video format encourages repetitive practice and provides context around phrases in ways that traditional language exercises do not.
I worked collaboratively with my group on research, framing, and ideation. As the design lead, I worked specifically on UI wireframes, task flows, visuals, prototypes, and branding. I also conducted qualitative research through subject matter expert interviews, analyzed the research data, and served as director and photographer of our concept video.