Google's Latest Chrome Experiment Teaches English Language Skills

Spell Up is a new Google Chrome Experiment that helps users improve their English skills using their voice and a Chrome Web browser.

Google has again launched another Chrome Experiment—this time an online gamelike tool called "Spell Up" that can help users improve their English spelling and language skills.

Spell Up and its intriguing capabilities were unveiled May 13 by Xavier Barrade, the creative lead at Google's Creative Lab in London, in a post on The Google Chrome Blog.

"As a student growing up in France, I was always looking for ways to improve my English, often with a heavy French-to-English dictionary in tow," wrote Barrade. "Since then, technology has opened up a wide world of new educational opportunities, from simple searches to Google Translate (and our backpacks have gotten a lot lighter). But it can be hard to find time and the means to practice a new language. So when the Web Speech API made it possible to speak to our phones, tablets and computers, I got curious about whether this technology could help people learn a language more easily."

That's where Spell Up comes in, as a new word game and Chrome Experiment that helps users improve their English using their voices and a Chrome Web browser. "It's like a virtual spelling bee, with a twist," wrote Barrade.

"We worked with game designers and teachers to make Spell Up both fun and educational," he added. "The goal of the game is to correctly spell the words you hear and stack them to build the highest word tower you can—letter by letter, word by word. The higher the tower gets, the more difficult the word challenges: You'll be asked to pronounce words correctly, solve word jumbles and guess mystery words. You can earn bonuses and coins to level up faster."

Presently, Spell Up can be used with Chrome on computers or with Android phones and tablets, according to Barrade. Users of Apple iPhones and iPads can also try Spell Up, but they won't have voice functionality and will have to type in their answers.

"Whether you're just learning English or you're already a pro, check it out!" wrote Barrade. "And if you're a teacher, we encourage you to try it out in your classroom."

Spell Up is an experiment so far, so it isn't perfect and can take a bit of use to figure out properly.