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AI-Powered Learning Languages Tools for English Language Learners

Author: Yerin Seung; info@ciddl.org

What are the chances of having English Language Learners (ELL) in your classroom as a teacher? According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), the percentage of ELLs in public schools in the United States reached 10.3 percent. ELLs face unique classroom challenges as they learn a new language while engaging with academic content. These challenges often include language barriers, cultural adjustments, and varying levels of language proficiency. However, we need to make sure all students including ELLs flourish in our classrooms, as mentioned in the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA). Leveraging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), language learning apps, and virtual reality has the potential to assist ELLs by providing personalized, interactive, and adaptive learning experiences. 

Why AI for Learning Languages for ELLs?

AI can provide personalized and adaptive learning experiences for ELLs. AI-driven educational platforms can tailor language learning materials to the individual needs and proficiency levels of each student. This allows learners to progress at their own pace, focusing on areas that require more attention. Additionally, speech recognition and pronunciation feedback can assist in honing speaking and listening skills, which are crucial aspects of language acquisition. Virtual tutors and chatbots equipped with AI enhance communication practice by offering real-time interactions and constructive feedback. Moreover, AI can make the learning process enjoyable and motivating with a gamified and engaging learning environment. They also analyze data on a student's progress and provide recommendations for relevant content. Overall, AI can be a great tutor for ELLs with personalized, interactive, and effective learning solutions. This blog post will specifically focus on AI-powered language learning apps and tools that can enhance the language skills of ELLs. 

AI-powered Language Learning Tools

Several AI-powered apps and tools are designed to assist ELLs in learning languages. Common features across these tools include interactive practices, gamified lessons, and real-time feedback on pronunciation and grammar. Some distinct features may include content recommendations based on individual progress, immersive virtual reality experiences, and the ability to analyze and assist with writing skills

NameLinkDescription
DuolingoWeb

iOS

Android

Duolingo uses AI to adapt lessons based on user performance. It offers a gamified experience with interactive exercises, speaking practice, and instant feedback.
BabbelWeb

iOS

Android

Babbel employs AI to personalize lessons. It focuses on practical language skills and provides real-life dialogues for learners. The AI system adapts to individual progress and tailors content accordingly.
VoxyWeb

iOS

Android

Voxy is an AI-powered English learning platform that tailors lessons based on learners' proficiency levels and goals. It incorporates real-life content and provides personalized feedback.
Rosetta StoneWeb

iOS

Android

Rosetta Stone utilizes AI to create immersive language learning experiences. It offers interactive lessons, pronunciation feedback, and speech recognition technology to enhance language skills.
LingodeerWeb

iOS

Android

Lingodeer combines gamification with AI-driven lessons. It covers vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure, adapting to the user's proficiency level. The app includes exercises for all language skills, including speaking and listening.
HelloTalkWeb

iOS

Android

HelloTalk is a language exchange app that connects users with native speakers. While not entirely AI-based, it incorporates chatbots for language practice. Users can engage in conversations with AI-powered language partners to improve their skills.
SpeechlingWeb

iOS

Android

Speechling focuses on improving pronunciation and speaking skills. It uses AI to provide feedback on users' pronunciation, allowing them to practice and refine their spoken English.
Google TranslateWeb

iOS

Android

While primarily a translation tool, Google Translate uses AI for language processing. It can help students understand the meaning of words and phrases in context, aiding in vocabulary acquisition.
GrammarlyWeb

iOS

Android

Grammarly is a writing assistant that uses AI to analyze and provide feedback on grammar, spelling, and writing style. It can be a helpful tool for English language learners looking to improve their written communication skills.
Readlang WatchLangWeb

iOS

Readlang uses AI to assist language learners while reading texts in English. It provides translations, vocabulary highlights, and language statistics to aid in comprehension and vocabulary building.
EF English LiveWeb

iOS

Android

EF English Live utilizes AI to provide personalized lessons and adaptive learning paths. It offers interactive exercises, live lessons with teachers, and speech recognition technology for pronunciation practice.

How Does it Work in Classrooms?

Research on AI-powered language learning tools for ELL students has demonstrated promising outcomes and numerous benefits. Studies have consistently highlighted the effectiveness of personalized and adaptive learning experiences facilitated by AI tools, incorporation of gamification elements, speech recognition technology, data-driven insights generated by AI tools, and flexibility and accessibility of AI-powered language learning tools that accommodate diverse learning preferences. Overall, research suggests that integrating AI into language education for ELL students can lead to more effective, engaging, and personalized learning experiences with positive outcomes.

Share Your Thoughts and Experience

Do you have experience using these apps or similar ones in your classroom? How do you integrate technology to support ELLs in your pre-service preparation programs? Try these out and tell us about your experiences in the CIDDL community!