AI in Language Learning – Friend or Foe?

  • Friday, May 3, 2024
  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Zoom

Join this interactive online session to discuss how AI powered programs can be used to enhance language learning and teaching. 

We will consider the following questions: 

  • What exactly is AI, and what types of AI exist? 
  • What are pedagogical considerations and guidelines for utilizing AI? 
  • What are practical applications of AI in the language classroom, and how can it be used in our particular setting?

AI in Literacy Summit: First of three webinars 

This series of online workshops will provide opportunities to learn more and network with fellow providers around the potential impact of AI on our work to improve literacy. While focused on our community in Greater Cleveland, anyone involved in literacy is invited and welcome to join. Attendees will earn a digital badge for each webinar to certify participation, plus a special “AI in Literacy Summit” badge for participating in the entire series!

Facilitated by Heidi Chew, Ph.D.

Heidi Kempt Chew, Ph.D. has been an English as a Second Language (ESL) professional for two decades, teaching academic courses as well as community/refugee classes. In addition, she has been as cross-cultural trainer conducting workshops for the International Student Services at the Case Western Reserve University and training volunteers working with international student groups at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland State University. Heidi holds Master’s Degrees in Theology, Journalism, and in Curriculum and Instruction-ESL. Her Ph.D. is in Secondary Education-ESL and Cross-Cultural Training.

Lina Khair Rahme

Lina Rahme is an accomplished educator with a deep commitment to advancing adult literacy through innovative approaches in education technology. Holding 2 MA degrees in English Language and Literature and Instructional Technology, as well as a certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Lina combines her extensive academic knowledge with practical experience in teaching and training. Currently, she is enriching her skills further through an MBA in Project Management.

With over twenty years of experience as an English language instructor and coordinator, specializing in ESL in the K-12 sector, ESP in the vocational education sector and adult teaching in the Non-profit sector, Lina’s remarkable ability to teach in diverse cultural settings underscores her effectiveness as an educator and an educational technology expert.

Lina has made significant contributions to adult education through her involvement with the TWEE (Teaching Women Enhanced English Program) program, implemented by USPEaK all over Lebanon and funded by the Public Diplomacy sector of the US Embassy in Beirut. Since 2018, she has focused on enhancing English proficiency and entrepreneurship among adult women, incorporating digital tools and AI to facilitate learning and literacy. Her work includes developing and delivering training for teachers in integrating AI technologies, improving their digital skills, and exploring AI applications in scaffolding writing activities for adult learners.

As a Fellow and convener at the Middle East Professional Learning Initiative (MEPLI) at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Lina has led discussions on AI’s role in education, addressing topics like critical thinking and adult education. Her articles for MEPLI explore similar themes, underlining her expertise in employing AI responsibly and effectively in educational settings.

In her role as an educational technology consultant and L&D expert, Lina has coordinated several projects aimed at economic empowerment and improving livelihoods through education, particularly for women and youth in rural areas of Lebanon. Her approach consistently emphasizes community collaboration and the strategic use of educational technology to drive social change.

With over two decades of experience in diverse educational roles, Lina’s career is marked by a commitment to leveraging technology in education to foster inclusive and equitable learning environments. Learn more here.

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