Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technology that has changed the way languages are taught both online and in traditional classrooms. Its ability to personalise the learning experience, optimise teaching efficiency and offer immediate feedback, tailored to each student, makes it an invaluable tool. How to implement AI in your language classes effectively is presented as a crucial factor for the successful achievement of training objectives. However, as the topic is surrounded by doubts and questions, the challenge is to understand that this tool is here to stay and that its use has many benefits.
Educators can make the most of AI technology in multiple ways: to tailor lessons to individual needs, thereby improving retention of material and encouraging more effective learning. AI also offers the opportunity of instant feedback – allowing errors to be corrected immediately, thus accelerating the improvement process. In summary, the strategic integration of artificial intelligence in language teaching opens new pedagogical possibilities, enhancing the quality and personalisation of language teaching.
Its use is, therefore, very beneficial in terms of enhancing quality in language education – an area where AI stands out thanks to several of its specific tools.
Use of artificial intelligence in classrooms: a boost for teaching
We have already stated that when artificial intelligence tools are applied to language instruction they help teachers adapt the teaching experience. However, what are these tools and what is the optimal use that can be made of them? Depending on your students’ needs some features will be more useful than others, but let’s review the general features that can be found on educational platforms.
Virtual assistants. Online tutors allow students to ask their own questions via voice or text and receive an automatic response. This means that they can deal with their doubts, expand the examples to better understand the syllabus and internalise the objectives of the lesson without leaving any knowledge gaps. The Dexway virtual assistant is available at all times, worldwide, to provide solutions to all your students’ questions. This offers total flexibility when studying, since the student has access to all the knowledge they need to continue advancing exactly when they need it.
Automatic translation applications to practice written comprehension and expression. Help students improve their grammar and spelling simply, using comparison. There are multiple online translators with which you can bring these activities to class.
Voice recognition. This tool is invaluable when teaching languages since achieving accuracy in oral expression also involves having good pronunciation. Dexway’s patented system uses colours to show the student their strengths and weaknesses in this area.
Tips for using AI
Once we are clear about what tools we can use to offer a more complete educational strategy in the classroom, it is time to see some examples of how to implement AI in your language classes.
#1 Curricular adaptation
Teachers can use artificial intelligence to adapt curricular content based on individual student needs. AI platforms can assess each student’s level of language proficiency and provide specific activities and resources to strengthen their particular skills.
We can also use adaptive learning platforms to personalise the teaching-learning process. These platforms are systems that use AI to analyse the profile, progress and needs of each student.
#2 Instant, personalised feedback
With automatic AI evaluation, many correction tasks that might have taken hours for teachers to get through in the past can be accelerated. Getting rid of mechanical tasks makes it easier to find more time for other types of activities. In addition, educational platforms offer exhaustive information for both groups and individuals, this provides immediate information about where to reinforce those areas of knowledge in which your class is weak. AI can also suggest reinforcements in specific topics to students who need it. All this information without having to wait for the evaluations at the end of the topic or course, it is generated automatically after each lesson, according to the results obtained.
#3 Progress Monitoring
In relation to the above, educational platforms allow you to track the progress of each student by collecting instant feedback on corrections to course exercises.
#4 Virtual assistance
Virtual assistants can be used in the classroom to deal with doubts and thus show students how to use the tool efficiently. Thanks to this interactivity, you can use the wizard to expand the lessons with new examples. With Dexway In Person, our classroom method, teachers can use lessons on the digital whiteboard.
#5 Integration of multimedia resources
Implement AI to personalise media delivery based on individual learning styles. This can include adapting videos, interactive games and teaching materials in real time, enriching the learning experience and maintaining student interest.
#6 Collaboration between students
Encourage collaboration between students through artificial intelligence platforms that facilitate communication and joint practice. These tools can pair students with complementary skills, encouraging peer-to-peer learning and providing opportunities for cultural and linguistic exchange. An example of this could be the oral and written role-plays included in the Dexway courses, and which can be done in groups.
If you had doubts about how to implement AI in your classes, we hope that these ideas for the most practical and valuable tools and how to use them will help you to turn your classes around. To make the most of them, count on Dexway language courses and our training platforms. Contact us to request more information.
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