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Three Concepts for Generative AI in Language Education

Bill Price, with AI assistance

Images generated by DALL·E 3 via Microsoft Copilot


I’m Bill Price, an ESL instructor with a passion for integrating technology into language instruction. I run a free, public GitHub repository called LLM Prompts for Education. Recently, I led a workshop titled “Let’s Demystify AI and Take Initiative,” where we explored the potential of generative AI in enhancing both teaching and learning experiences.

I firmly believe that as educators, it’s crucial for us to engage and experiment with generative AI tools. This proactive approach ensures we have a seat at the table as the repercussions of these emerging technologies continue to manifest, allowing us to advocate effectively for our working conditions as well as the learning environments of our students.

Today, I’m happy to share with you three key concepts that have significantly influenced my teaching practice and my students’ learning experiences. These concepts aren’t just theoretical; they’re practical applications that I’ve been personally developing and testing.

Follow along here:

Concept 1: AI Agents

What is an AI Agent?

How is that different from regular ChatGPT?

Imagine: a virtual writing coach


See: Writing Coach

Concept 2: Generative Materials Creation

As the name suggests, “generative AI” (such as ChatGPT) specializes in generating and modifying content.

Generative Materials Creation

Imagine: generating texts that incorporate target vocabulary

See: Generate Vocabulary Sentences

Imagine: generating images to illustrate target vocabulary

See: Generate Vocabulary Images

Concept 3: AI Grading Assistant

Imagine: a grading assistant that can draft written feedback on student work

AI Grading Assistant

See: Assessing Real Student Work with an Offline LLM


Through AI Agents, Generative Materials Creation, and Grading Assistants, we’ve glimpsed the future of educational tools—tools that are not only innovative but also practical and within our grasp. I encourage you, fellow educators, to explore these tools further, to experiment with them in your teaching, and to share your discoveries and insights.

Together, we can advocate for ways of using these tools to enhance our working conditions as well as our students’ learning conditions. We canlead the charge in transforming language education for the better, preparing our students not just for the future of learning, but for the future of thinking and communicating in a rapidly changing world.

Additional Resources

Prompt engineering and repositories

Chat-Based Generative AI Tools (as of April 2024)

Commercial (online)

Open-Source (offline)

Image-Based Generative AI Tools