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April 2024 - Year 26 - Issue 2

ISSN 1755-9715

Adaptive Learning: Language Education with Artificial Intelligence

Sam Bowman is a writer from the pacific northwest, who enjoys getting to utilize the internet for community connections across the country. His writing reflects the many passions he has for the world around him. In his spare time, he likes running, reading, and combining the two in a run to his local bookstore. Email:


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Traditional language learning methods are evolving as the global community becomes increasingly interconnected. Proficiency in multiple languages is valuable for educational and professional success, and as a result, the demand for modernized learning education is increasing. While conventional language learning methods still have value in the classroom, using artificial intelligence (AI) to aid in adaptive learning is changing how language education is taught. 


Core technologies behind AI in language education

Introducing AI as a language learning tool encourages and empowers learners to use this technology to assist them on their journey to linguistic proficiency. The following three core technologies behind AI language learning are changing language education curricula:


Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Natural Language Processing (NLP) involves AI tools focusing on programming computers to understand, translate, and generate human languages. NLP develops models and algorithms so machines can process and interpret natural language data like speech and text. With NLP, computer programs can translate text from one language to another, summarize volumes of text quickly, and respond to spoken commands. 

NLP powers advancements in language technologies and creates more effective communication between machines and humans in speech recognition, language recognition, and sentiment analysis.


Machine Learning and Algorithm Adaptivity 

Machine learning (ML) algorithms are computational methods that allow computers to learn rules, patterns, and relationships within data without being specifically programmed. ML utilizes statistical techniques to determine patterns and make decisions or predictions based on data input. The more ML programs collect data, the more they learn from experience and improve. ML algorithms appear in speech and image recognition applications within language learning systems.


Virtual Language Tutors

AI-powered virtual language tutoring systems offer personalized support and guidance by tracking students’ performances and noting areas of strength and weakness. The system takes this data and delivers targeted interventions, helping learners to master language concepts. It specializes in creating customized learning paths that cater to students’ proficiency levels and learning styles.

AI tutors can deliver adaptive lessons, adjusting the lesson content difficulty based on individual progress. The programs incorporate various learning methods, including multimedia content, interactive exercises, and simulated real-life scenarios to give students a comprehensive learning experience.



Chatbots simulate human conversation using natural language processing (NLP) and language learning to engage students in conversational practice. This learning style lets students practice and interact in their language of study. Chatbots offer the following educational interactions:

Learners can practice listening, speaking, and comprehension skills interactively and naturally.


Advantages of adaptive AI learning platforms

When used effectively, adaptive AI learning platforms for language learning provide multiple benefits, including:


Personalized Learning Experience

AI algorithms can analyze a learner’s data and create personalized educational content designed for that individual’s learning styles, needs, and preferences. The platform adjusts the difficulty of a lesson based on the person’s learning level and weaknesses. AI language learning programs tailor exercises, adapt teaching strategies, and recommend content to optimize each student’s learning experience.


Enhanced Engagement and Retention

Some students struggle to find motivation through conventional language learning methods. AI programs offer different types of engagement, such as immersive experiences, to make learning a fun and interactive exercise. Some features of these programs include challenges, quizzes, rewards, and real-time feedback designed to provide continuous motivation through achievements. 

These techniques are essential for encouraging students to maintain a long-term commitment to language learning. When used effectively, AI learning language platforms can lead to better retention of language skills.


Accessibility and Convenience 

AI learning language services have made learning more accessible, especially for individuals who don’t have access to conventional learning resources. Students can learn a new language on AI-powered apps and platforms on their smartphones and tablets anywhere there is an internet connection. 

Additionally, AI programs foster inclusivity, with many language learning apps offering real-time transcription, lip-reading, and captioning services for students with disabilities. Text summarization, image recognition, and facial recognition are other features in AI language learning that assist all learners in maximizing their language studies, regardless of medical or mental health conditions. 


Investment potential in AI-Driven language learning platforms

The effectiveness of AI-driven learning language models is spurring significant investment in the Edtech industry. As these platforms continue proving their worth, investors recognize the potential for substantial returns. The adaptability and personalization of AI language learning programs make this edtech sector an attractive investment opportunity. 

The projected annual growth rate of the online language learning market is 20% between 2022 and 2027, and AI is a significant factor in that increase. Globalization has spurred many people to overcome language barriers, and AI language-learning platforms make learning a new language simpler and faster. That ease of use has made online language study a popular option for students and adults. 

The AI language learning market is prime for continuous growth and full of investment potential. Because it is becoming a sizeable addressable market with competitive advantages over conventional language learning methods, AI learning platforms are positioned well to impact education for the foreseeable future, making them worthwhile investments.


AI as a tool for educators and setting SMART goals

AI is also an effective language learning tool to supplement teachers’ roles in the classroom. Using AI, educators can use its many supportive functions, such as automated grading tasks and assessments, monitoring student performance, course creation, and enhanced teaching and learning concepts. 

To use AI language learning effectively, teachers can write Smart, Measurable, Relevant, and Timebound (SMART) goals for and with AI programs after determining their goals for their students, classroom, or lesson plans.

For example, suppose an instructor wants to improve their understanding of student proficiencies to determine realistic learning objectives for each learner. In that case, teachers can use AI programs to track students' progress. The AI programs will use that information to help create personalized learning paths for each student, ensuring the goals are challenging yet doable. Teachers then have more time to focus on other essential tasks, such as one-on-one support, classroom management, and lesson planning.


AI language learning for the future

Technology is firmly ensconced in the future of education and language learning. AI serves students by providing adaptive and personalized learning experiences beyond conventional methods. As society embraces the future of language learning, the advancement of AI and human expertise will continuously redefine the way people learn language in a multilingual world.


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