March 19, 2020

Disciplinary webinar : technology and innovation in language education

This text was initially published by Vitrine technologie-éducation under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 licence, before Eductive was launched.

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During this crisis due to the Coronavirus, the VTÉ will be organising a disciplinary webinar on the use of artificial intelligence in supporting online language teaching. All teachers and learners who are interested or who wish to integrate these tools into their online language courses are invited to complete the registration form here.


One of our presenters, Souheila Moussalli, a language school head teacher and a doctoral candidate at Concordia University, studies the use of intelligent personal assistants (IPAs). Over the course of 3 research studies, she aims to discover the pedagogical value of IPAs for supporting language learners in their oral competencies. For example, in her recent study, she has focused on how Amazon Alexa can help students of English as a second language produce regular past tense verbs (otherwise known as -ed verbs: talked /t/ versus played /d/ versus demanded /ɪd/). Throughout her research, she highlights the strengths and weaknesses of intelligent personal assistants, investigates human-machine interaction for language pedagogy and tries to determine whether Amazon Alexa is able to help English language learners develop their oral skills. To summarize, her research examines the pedagogical use of IPAs as a supporting tool for teachers and as an effective learning approach when used as an extension of traditional face to face teaching.

About the author

Quinn Johnson

Quinn Johnson is a former ESL teacher and Université Laval alumni in educational technology. He has worked with la Vitrine technologie éducation on its project to develop a portal for Open Educational Resources. He currently works as a pedagogical advisor at CEGEP Champlain St. Lawrence in Quebec City.

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