The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in English Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Either Friend or Foe?

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IATEFL LT SIG and TESOL CALL-IS can announce an exciting, jointly organised interactive online event, which will take place on Friday 9 November 2018, 1pm GMT – 5pm GMT

We are now sending out a call for proposals.

Artificial intelligence is already a part of our daily lives and there are some serious questions to be considered as to how AI or machine learning can help in class.


  • Can AI be useful when assessing language learners?

  • How is AI to partner with the educator to enhance the teaching/learning environment?

  • How are students to partner with technology such as  Alexa, Siri and co to enhance their learning process?

  • How can a chatbot, as one example of AI use maintain a constructivist approach to learning?

  • Does language education have a future with AI presence if the Google Assistant phones the restaurant to order a table?

  • Are we asking Hal to open the pod bay door and will he reply: I am sorry Dave, I can not do that?


The format of the webinar will be as follows:

4 mini presentations (15 min) as input sessions for an open participation by the audience in form of brainstorming, collaborative writing, open discussions, and other stone soup activities. The following four topics (theory and practice application) for the call for proposals are:

  1. Introduce the concept and where AI in ELT is today: friend or foe?

  2. Use in the classroom: instruction and tools

  3. Use in the classroom: activities

  4. Use in the classroom: assessment


Please join us for a half day online on the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on 9 November 2018 for an interactive event on the pros and cons of AI in class. A heuristic approach to dealing with algorithms and challenges of today and tomorrow.


Please share this on social media using the hashtag #roleofAIinELT.

Click here to submit your proposal.

Deadline: 15 Sept 2018

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