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AI for language education

This 4-year project explores effective and ethical use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in language education for both learners and teachers. It investigates how AI tools can help teachers plan lessons, design materials, and conduct formative assessment in order to enable learners to utilise AI responsibly for higher-quality, autonomous language learning.

Working languages of the project: English, French
Project term: 2024-2027
Shortcut: www.ecml.at/AIforlanguageeducation
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Why this project is needed

Newly available AI systems and technologies are seen as full of promise by some and a major threat by others. This project proposes to sift through some of the mounting hype and scepticism by exploring practical ways in which emerging AI tools and resources can be effectively implemented by both language learners and teachers, thereby encouraging their responsible and ethical use. 

In collaboration with language teachers and teacher educators we aim to deepen our understanding of how AI tools (e.g. ChatGPT) can support language teaching and learning both in formal and informal settings. 

Quality aspects of potentially pedagogically useful applications for learners (e.g. editing and revising written production, comprehension checking, communication training, grammar practice, vocabulary development) will be highlighted. The project also aims to look at ways in which AI can be used to raise ethical awareness of and manage sensitive issues such as plagiarism and cheating.

Envisaged project results

A multilingual webpage showcasing meaningful use of AI in language learning
Main target group: Language teachers and teacher educators

Structured guidelines for implementing AI in language education
Main target group: Language teachers and teacher educators

Moodle training course that aims to assist teachers in lesson planning, material design, and formative assessment, while also providing practical tips for raising ethical awareness and managing sensitive issues such as plagiarism and cheating.
Main target group: Language teachers  

Dear language teacher!

You are welcome to fill in our questionnaire that aims to explore your experience, beliefs and attitudes about AI and its possible role in language teaching.

English: https://forms.gle/3DET6BJP3HTk6Kx3A

Estonian: https://forms.gle/EtTVmgmg8HtadU1q8

French: https://forms.gle/aixuMNFY7ACtpkPg9

German: https://forms.gle/kGYgjZMZ5MPx87y87

Greek: https://forms.gle/NCP5gnRbcJoeu619A



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Target groups

 

Language teachers and teacher educators, as well as learners as ultimate beneficiaries, including those facing particular educational challenges.

Educational levels concerned

  • Lower secondary school level
  • Higher secondary school level
  • Tertiary level

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How to get involved?

Workshop in 2025

Workshop description

AILang will share its experiences with the use of AI tools for teaching and learning languages, helping participants expand their understanding and gather practical ideas for incorporating AI into language teaching and learning. AILang will also collect feedback from the participants on the shared experiences..

Profile of participants

Language teachers and teacher educators who have used at least some AI tools in their classrooms and will share their experiences in the workshop.

Do you wish to participate?

Individuals with a special interest and professional background in the topic of this particular project are invited to take up contact with the ECML National Nominating Authority in their country so that they can be considered for participation in the corresponding project workshop.

Project team

Merilyn MERISTO
Coordinator
Estonia
Tallinna Ülikool
merilyn.meristotlu.ee

Elisabeth PÖLZLEITNER
Website correspondent
Austria
Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark
lispolzleitner.net

Anne-Laure DUBRAC
Second language documentalist
France
University of Paris-Est Créteil, Faculty of Law
annelauredubrachotmail.com

Achilleas KOSTOULAS
Communications officer
Greece
University of Thessaly
ackostoulasuth.gr