The 39th SPELT (Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers) conference, held at Habib Public School, has shed light on the critical role of artificial intelligence (AI) in modern education, particularly in catering to the needs of Generation Alpha. Educators and experts emphasized the necessity of embracing AI and contemporary teaching methods to engage the multitasking and creative Generation Alpha effectively.
The Challenge of Teaching Generation Alpha
Tamrika Khvtisiashvili, an English language specialist, delivered a keynote address that drew attention to the unique characteristics of Generation Alpha. She noted that this generation is highly child-centered, thrives on multitasking, and often doesn’t focus on a single task for an extended period. Additionally, Khvtisiashvili revealed a startling statistic: 71% of students find English boring, indicating the need for innovative approaches to language education. Moreover, she pointed out that only 25% of teachers currently use internet-based activities in their teaching practices.
Understanding generation Alpha’s learning preferences
Khvtisiashvili further delved into Generation Alpha’s learning preferences, emphasizing their kinesthetic and visual learning styles. These preferences underscore the importance of adapting teaching strategies to match their unique needs and interests. To address this, she demonstrated how educators can leverage AI-based apps and online platforms to organize virtual field trips, thereby engaging students in immersive and interactive learning experiences.
Strategies for engaging Gen Z in english learning
In a panel discussion titled ‘Engaging Gen Z: Strategies For Teaching English to the Next Generation,’ Dr. Nguyen Ngo Vu from Vietnam underscored the pivotal role of teachers in fostering student interaction and critical thinking. Dr. Vu stressed that teachers should actively encourage students to think critically, fostering an environment where students actively participate in discussions and analysis.
Leveraging AI for effective language education
Dr. Fauzia Shamim highlighted the impact of internet usage on students in Pakistan, leading to their ability to learn and use multiple languages. She emphasized the growing importance of effective AI utilization in language education. As technology continues to play a significant role in students’ lives, incorporating AI into teaching methods can help bridge the gap between traditional education and the digital age.
Climate change and content-based language learning
Dr. Mike Medley, a US Professor Emeritus, delved into the relationship between climate change and language education. He emphasized the importance of content-based language learning, which connects language acquisition with real-world issues and challenges. This approach not only enhances language skills but also fosters a deeper understanding of critical global issues.
Adapting teaching methods post-pandemic
Farheen Hasan, a Pakistani educationist, highlighted the evolution of teaching methods in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She stressed the importance of aligning lessons with students’ interests and making learning more interactive and engaging, reflecting the changing dynamics of education in the digital age.
Embracing AI for a brighter educational future
The 39th SPELT conference has provided valuable insights into the evolving landscape of education, particularly in the context of Generation Alpha and Gen Z learners. Embracing AI and modern teaching methods is crucial to engage these tech-savvy and multitasking students effectively. Educators, policymakers, and institutions must work collaboratively to integrate AI into classrooms, making learning more dynamic, interactive, and aligned with the preferences of today’s learners. As we look towards the future of English language education, the role of AI in shaping a brighter educational landscape cannot be underestimated.