February 12, 2020
Disciplinary Vtélab – How AI can help ESL students improve their speaking and writing proficiency – April 1st – From 1 p.m to 2: 30 p.m
Theme(s): Artificial Intelligence
The virtual living lab will give us the opportunity to become familiar with the use of AI in second language teaching. We will explore listening and speaking practice with a vocal assistant (Alexa, Siri, Echo, etc.) and writing tasks using a platform called “Virtual WritingTutor”.
During this webinar, TESL Canada and AQPC awarded ESL teacher Nicholas Walker, who is the author of the “Actively Engaged” textbook series, will share a practical use of AI in language teaching. Souheila Moussali is head teacher of a language school and a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics at Concordia University. Her research focuses on the pedagogical use of technology – mainly intelligent personal assistants (IPAs), smart speakers and automatic speech recognition software.
Webinar Video: HERE
Wednesday, April 1 from
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thank you to our guest speakers :
Souheila Moussalli is a head teacher of a language school and a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics at Concordia University (Canada). Her research focuses on the pedagogical use of technology -mainly intelligent personal assistants (IPAs), smart speakers and automatic speech recognition software- their effects on language learning and teaching, and their applications to the teaching of second language (L2) pronunciation. Nicholas Walker is a prize-winning teacher at Ahuntsic College and textbook author of the Actively Engaged Series. In 2017, he won the TESL Canada Innovation Award and later the same year received a Sesquicentennial Pin Award for Leadership in Education from the Hon. Melanie Joly. In June of 2019, Nicholas was awarded the AQPC Mention d’Honneur for teaching excellence and then in August the Reconnaisance Institutionelle from Ahuntsic College for his work on the VirtualWritingTutor.com grammar checker. In November, he won the Keith Boeckner Award for his outstanding contributions to the ESL community in Quebec.
Learning Objectives :
– To discuss the use of artificial intelligence in ESL
– To find inspiration from practical examples of AI use in language pedagogy