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Artificial Intelligence and English Language Teaching

Preparing for the future

“I think this is particularly important for academic writing in places like universities because here again there’s very, very little attention [paid] in British universities.

I would say absolutely no attention at all to the process of writing, everything is about the product. You are assessed on the product. You’re never assessed on the process because actually there’s no way for us to know what the process is because there’s no way that the process can be documented or can be recorded.

But then if you’re using generative AI as a collaborator, when you write, then that process is automatically being recorded. And as you have conversations with AI, as you critique the kinds of outputs that it makes, as you refine the prompts that you give it to try to get it to create better outputs, this becomes the document of the process that you’re going through.

And so, I think that’s also a really positive possibility for AI use in the teaching of writing.” — Dr Rodney Jones, Professor of Sociolinguistics, Head of Department, University of Reading

I found this quote in “Artificial intelligence and English language teaching: Preparing for the future,” a 76-page free report by British Council English.

I agree with the quote.

Fabio Cerpelloni is an English language teacher, writer, author, and podcaster from Italy. You can find out more about him and his work by clicking on his glass of beer in the photo.