Dubbing Khan Academy Videos in Indian Accented English

by on October 19, 2012

Khan Academy, a US non-profit organisation with the mission of providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere, has an extensive online library of 3600 videos, interactive challenges and assessments covering K-12 Math, Science and some topics in Finance as well as History. Its Founder, Salman Khan (not the Bollywood one) is now the most watched teacher on Earth with 220 million video views.¬†Almost 3-4% of Khan’s six million monthly users are from India.

We at Central Square Foundation believe that in a country like India where teachers are in short supply, solutions such as Khan Academy, could be very valuable for students. Also, Khan Academy is in early talks with our Ministry of Human Resource Development to match schools’ syllabi with relevant web tutorials.

Presently, the voiceover in Khan Academy videos is in English but with an American accent. Anecdotal evidence reveals that students using these in government/ government-aided school settings find it difficult to comprehend the accent. CSF has partnered with Khan Academy to dub 100 Math videos for Class 6 into Indian-accented English. The objective of this pilot is to evaluate if this dubbing improves comprehension for first generation learners. The dubbed videos will be piloted in Khan Academy partner schools in India and will also be available on Khan’s YouTube channel.

If successful, the pilot will be extended to all 3600 Khan Academy videos. As a next step the dubbing may be undertaken in regional Indian languages as well to extend the reach of the videos.

About Salman Khan: Salman Khan is the founder and faculty of Khan Academy. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and three degrees in Math and Computer Science from MIT. Khan Academy is supported by donors such as Google Inc. and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.