Time to learn: Teaching intensive English with traditional and AI tools

This presentation explores the challenges teachers face as they struggle to offer variety in intensive activities, balancing contact hours with time for learners to practice and grow with the tailored language they require. 

Time: 2:00pm PST / 4:00pm CST / 5:00pm EST

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It can take years to become functional in English, but many learners need to compress that time into intensive lessons to meet academic and job-market expectations. In other cases, newcomers to a country need to quickly pick up enough English to navigate their everyday encounters.

This presentation explores the challenges teachers face as they struggle to offer variety in intensive activities, balancing contact hours with time for learners to practice and grow with the tailored language they require. Strategies include new ways of learning with traditional materials, shifting responsibility to learners to assess and personalize their own learning, and integrating the use of artificial intelligence. Ongoing formative assessment complements these approaches, helping both learners and teachers address weaknesses, build on strengths and chart progress. 

Time: 2:00pm PST / 4:00pm CST / 5:00pm EST

Presenter(s): Ken Beatty

Presenter(s): Ken Beatty

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Ken has a PhD in Curriculum Studies, a Master’s in Fine Art, and Diplomas in Education and Applied Linguistics. He is an expert in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and is the author/co-author of more than 140 textbooks and readers from the primary through university levels. He also writes and reviews on the topic of CALL. Ken has worked in secondary schools and universities in Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America, lecturing on language teaching and computer-assisted language learning from the primary through university levels. Ken has given 400+ teacher-training sessions and 100+ conference presentations in over 30 countries.

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