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Research on the Construction of Artificial Intelligence and Human Language Lab in China’s Universities: Progress, Challenges and Prospects

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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International Division Technical Session 6: Monitoring, Evaluating and Research

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Xixi LU

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Xixi LU is a graduate student at the Graduate School of Education, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China. Now, she is mainly engaged in research on curriculum and instruction as well as higher education.

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Abstract: Information technology has been currently required to support learning transformation and innovation, so as to build a new ecosystem of artificial intelligence (AI) education. One of the core intelligences of AI is language intelligence, and the combination of AI and human language is a new stage and inevitable trend of foreign language education. AI and human language lab, as the practical products of AI in the field of information-based language teaching, provide ideas for AI to promote language teaching reform. Based on the practice of the Artificial Intelligence and Human Languages Lab of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU•AI), this paper discusses the progress and challenges faced by Chinese universities in the field of language teaching, and puts forward countermeasures and suggestions. Officially established in December 2019, the BFSU•AI focuses on the research of language teaching based on AI, and promotes the breakthroughs in frontiers’ language research. In this paper, a case study method is used to investigate the practice of BFSU•AI. Based on the interviews with a manager and teachers of BFSU•AI and the analysis of relevant policy documents on the construction of AI in China, this paper summarizes the characteristics of AI and human language lab in Chinese colleges and universities. In the context of globalization, how to carry out effective language teaching is an important challenge for China to cultivate international talents. In the future, China’s AI laboratory should pay attention to the integration of technology and culture in the teaching environment of language teaching, strengthen the connection between institutions and scholars in construction, and deepen the research in the theoretical and applied area. This paper aims to enrich the research results of AI in the field of language teaching, promote the training of China language talents and the construction of teaching staff, and provide China experience and model of information-based language teaching. Keywords: Artificial Intelligence; AI and human language lab; China; Progress; Challenge; Prospect

LU, X. (2022, August), Research on the Construction of Artificial Intelligence and Human Language Lab in China’s Universities: Progress, Challenges and Prospects Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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