By Sharon Cashen, Hunter Valley Grammar School, Australia
LingoTeach.ai is an AI (artificial intelligence) tool created by language teachers for language teachers that gives you an easy way to create language teaching resources. It is very intuitive and an excellent classroom resource.
|Name of tool||LingoTeach.ai|
|Primary purpose/use of tool||To create original, target language texts from prompts that can be used for reading comprehension, listening comprehension, understanding parts of speech, or text analysis. Available for English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.|
|Cost||£12/month (approximately $15) including a 20% discount for the first 200 subscribers. Annual subscriptions also get a bonus one month free. Department subscriptions are available.|
|Ease of use||It’s very simple to use. To create a resource, you fill out a set of boxes and add your prompt.|
To get started creating a new resource, you make several choices: text type (story / dialogue with 2 people / dialogue with 3 people), language, grade of target audience, approximate word count, and linguistic structures and tenses that you would want included. You also provide LingoTeach with a prompt, instructing it further on what kind of text you would like it to create, and you can optionally provide a list of vocabulary that you would like it to include.
Then you get the chance to modify the text if you wish, add an audio track, record your voice, or upload an .mp3 file.
You can also specify which types of activities you would like LingoTeach to create.
Then LingoTeach creates a set of questions based on the text that you can modify if desired.
To create a text for my Year 9 French class, I provided LingoTeach with the following prompt:
Write a story about the past two weeks of holidays, keeping the language simple. Use the passé compose and lots of adjectives. The 5 family members stayed at home for the holidays but did things together and with their friends. Make the activities simple things like bike riding, picnics at the beach, going to the movies with friends, etc. Include going to the restaurant as a family, with what they ate, and describe the food and how much it cost. Include some negatives in the story and make it interesting.
The screenshot below shows what LingoTeach produced in about a minute.
The exciting part is what you can do once the text is created. Firstly, there is the listening component. The voices sound authentic, and you can set the speed at which they speak. You can use the generated questions as a class group activity or print them for individual work, formative, or summative assessment. I had my lower level class listen while they followed the text, or you can hide the text. The English is also provided, and can be revealed line by line or hidden. Or you can go between languages: from French to German or Spanish to French, etc.
Of course, this can also be used as a reading activity, either as a class group or for individual work. I printed a copy of the text and also used it to have students identify parts of speech. A simple click of the mouse then highlights the part of speech you had the students highlight for instant checking. There are tangled translations, and the text can be chunked as well.
One of the most exciting features for me is the ability to differentiate the activities very easily. This one text can have differentiated worksheets produced in minutes so classes with a wide range of abilities can be easily catered to. When I print this as a worksheet, I print different versions for different groups of students in my class. For example, students who need a lot of support get both the French and English, and multiple choice and true/false questions. My higher level students get just the French text without translation, and questions all in French, which I ask them to answer in French. For other students I add matched vocabulary, some get unmatched vocabulary and are asked to match it. Some get their questions in English to answer in English. The possibilities are many and varied. This is my favorite feature, since differentiation is very important at our school. Of course, lingoteach.ai could also just create the text for you and then you can write your own questions.
The team behind this excellent resource is very approachable and happy to troubleshoot with you. The platform is developing and improving regularly, and the future looks exciting. Teachers can benefit from the ease that it brings to their teaching.