In 1801, the first blackboard increased student centredness as a side effect of allowing students to share their written work and drawings on a wall-mounted slate, visible to all. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the latest in a long list of educational technologies to impact the classroom, often in unexpected ways.

Each new educational technology shines a light on previous ways of teaching and learning languages, often raising questions: Do video lessons hamper note-taking and require less imagination than simply listening? Does it matter that keyboarding diminishes handwriting skills? How can phone apps supplement classroom learning? AI’s innovative tools and practices similarly need to be interrogated in terms of their benefits and limitations.

This talk gives an overview of AI in language education and shares best practices of how teachers and students can use AI to explore new paradigms and complement traditional approaches, particularly in localizing and personalizing content.