2024 2nd International Conference on EMI and AI: Bridging Language and Culture through Technology

  • 2024-03-13
  • 李婞綺
The 2nd International Conference on EMI and AI, hosted by the College of Management, Asia University, Taiwan, has once again set the stage for groundbreaking discussions at the nexus of English Medium Instruction and Artificial Intelligence. The conference, distinguished by its in-depth exploration of AI's role in enhancing EMI teaching methodologies and cultural education, witnessed the convergence of over 20 paper presentations from faculty and students worldwide, including Taiwan, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines, among others. These presentations added a rich diversity of perspectives and research findings to the discourse, reinforcing the global scope of innovation in education. Experts and scholars who attended the meeting to give keynote speeches include Dr. Chester Hsieh from National Tsinghua University; Dr. Chandan Kumar from University of Illinois at Chicago, USA; Dr. Irma Savitri Sadikin and Dr. Ria Saraswati from Esa Unggul University, Indonesia; and Dr. Nivea Thomas K from Christ University, Bengaluru, India.
The College of Management of Asia University has been awarded the EMI promotion project grants from the Ministry of Education for three consecutive years. In her welcome speech, Dean of the College of Management, Dr. Chen Ming-Huei pointed out that the theme of this conference is "Building a Bridge of Language and Culture through Technology." She also highlighted that this conference marked a significant milestone in our ongoing journey to explore the intersection of language, culture, and technology in the realm of education. With the theme "Bridging Language and Culture through Technology," we aim to explore the synergies between EMI and AI by focusing on enhancing language and education through innovative technologies such as ChatGPT and open AI.
Dr. Chester Hsieh opened the keynote sessions with a compelling presentation on using large language models, such as ChatGPT and Bard, to enhance EMI teaching. He underscored the transformative potential of these AI tools in making language instruction more interactive, personalized, and effective, setting a high bar for the integration of AI in education.
Following Dr. Hsieh, Dr. Chandan Kumar delved into the prospects of AI integration in language education, identifying emerging trends and technologies. His analysis highlighted how AI could provide unprecedented access to language learning, breaking down barriers for learners worldwide and making the case for AI as a democratizing force in education.
Dr. Irma Savitri Sadikin offered insights into ChatGPT's impact on language prowess and academic achievement in EMI education. Her presentation emphasized the model's role in fostering academic excellence and cultural understanding, illustrating AI's capacity to support both educators and students in achieving higher levels of linguistic and cultural competence.
In the afternoon sessions, Dr. Nivea Thomas K's presentation on AI-assisted folklore education showcased how ChatGPT could be utilized in classroom learning to preserve and disseminate cultural heritage, making an essential case for AI in safeguarding intangible cultural knowledge.
Dr. Ria Saraswati explored the challenges and successes of translating Indonesian cultural terminologies using ChatGPT. Her work provided critical insights into the nuanced role of AI in cultural preservation and the importance of accuracy and sensitivity in AI translations, addressing a fundamental challenge in the global EMI context.
As the CEO of EMI and overseer of this pivotal conference, Dr. Massoud Moslehpour profoundly gratified by its overwhelming success. “This gathering has illuminated the crucial role of AI in revolutionizing English Medium Instruction, fostering a global dialogue that spans cultures and disciplines. our collective endeavor has not only highlighted innovative approaches to education but has also solidified our leadership in integrating technology with language learning. The insights and collaborations born from this conference underscore our commitment to shaping the future of education, promising a more connected and informed world,” says Dr. Massoud Moslehpour.
The conference's success was further amplified by the variety and depth of paper presentations delivered by faculty and students from across the globe. These presentations, covering a wide array of topics within the EMI and AI framework, not only enriched the academic dialogue but also showcased the vibrant community of researchers dedicated to advancing education through technology. The diversity of geographical representation underscored the universal relevance and applicability of the conference themes, highlighting the global commitment to enhancing education through the integration of AI.
In summary, the 2nd International Conference on EMI and AI has made significant strides in bridging language and culture through technology. Each speaker brought valuable insights and research findings to the fore, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of the potential and challenges of integrating AI in education. The inclusion of diverse paper presentations further reinforced the conference's status as a seminal event for educators, technologists, and students worldwide, promising continued innovation and collaboration in the field.

The picture shows Dr. Ming-Hui Chen, Dean of College of Management of Asia University (front row, center) takes a group photo with domestic and foreign university teachers and students in the conference.

The picture shows Dr. Nivea Thomas K (top), a professor at Christ University in India, was giving her online speech: AI Assisted Folklore Education: ChatGPT in Classroom Learning.

The picture shows a postgraduate student was doing her presentation onsite.

The picture shows Dr. Chandan Kumar (middle, bottom row), a lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, was giving his online speech: Exploring the Prospects of AI Integration in Language Education: Emerging Trends. The other guests were the moderators Dr. Jee Ann Marie Guibone (bottom row, left), and Dr. Mosiur Rahaman (top row), and the CEO of EMI, Dr. Massoud Moslehpour (bottom row, right).