The impact of ChatGPT on foreign language teaching and learning: opportunities in education and research
Keywords:chatbot, PLE, second language, research agenda, language teaching
The revolutionary online application ChatGPT has brought immense concerns to the education field. Foreign language teachers being some of those most reliant on writing assessments were among the most anxious, exacerbated by the extensive media coverage about the much-fantasised functionality of the chatbot. Hence, the article starts by elucidating the mechanisms, functions and common misconceptions about ChatGPT. Issues and risks associated with its usage are discussed, followed by an in-depth discussion of how the chatbot can be harnessed by learners and teachers. It is argued that ChatGPT offers major opportunities for teachers and education institutes to improve second/foreign language teaching, which similarly provided researchers with an array of research opportunities, especially towards a more personalised learning experience.
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