AI cannot replace English teachers

January 24, 2024 | 04:00 pm PT
AI cannot replace English teachers
A female English teacher (R) tutors a student. Photo by Pexels/Thirdman
Language learners need real conversations and interaction, which AI cannot provide, according to VnExpress readers.

"Cultural aspects of learning with a native teacher, idiomatic expressions used correctly, proper pace and tone etc etc. AI and apps have their place but not as a supplement to a real teacher."

"Learning a language is not just self-learning, it is interacting with some to understand his accents, physical gestures... you don't learn that from internet. I learned English, Spanish and part Italian talking to real people and those languages are close to French. Vietnamese language is so different than English you need the interaction."

"English centers have their place, providing parents are comfortable paying for their children's tuition. The biggest challenge I see is applying what they have learned to reality and everyday life. Students can greatly improve their English language skills if used daily; unfortunately, the opportunity to practice is the biggest issue facing learners post-tuition."

"It IS true that conversations with English speaking foreigners will help, as well as with Vietnamese who are fluent, or at least familiar with English. And it does help if the student is motivated to learn the language. But many English schools are really not very effective, from what I have seen and heard."

"As a teacher and language learner I fully agree [that] you shouldn't take a class until you reach intermediate or higher levels, when you actually have a foundation of vocabulary and grammar to put into use. Otherwise lower level classes are just basically a study guide for lazy people."
Jim B

"Most students study in schools where the Vietnamese teacher never speaks a full sentence of English, their classmates refuse to engage in conversation in English, and the language is reduced to tests and a score. From my experience, only around 1% of students are motivated enough to self-study their way to being very good at a language, and even then, they're missing the fluency and conversational abilities that come from being in a language center. I really mean 1%. If I think of any three classes I teach, there would only ever be around one student who is dedicated to self-learning the language to be good at it rather than just pass a test."

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