Artifical Intelligence and Language Learning

From evolution to revolution?

Thursday, May 18th  

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Central



English-Portuguese simultaneous translation

How is Artificial Intelligence transforming foreign language learning?

Artificial intelligence is changing foreign language learning by providing learners with personalized and adaptive learning experiences. AI-powered language learning tools, such as chatbots and language learning apps, can help learners improve their foreign language skills through customized, engaging activities. With AI, foreign language learning has become more accessible and affordable, as learners can access language learning resources and receive instant feedback on their progress anytime, anywhere. 

Want to learn more?

If you are interested in learning more about recent developments, current questions, and prospects for AI and foreign language learning, don’t miss this Talking Business event. 


  • Understand how artificial intelligence is being used to enhance language learning through speech recognition, natural language processing, and machine translation. 
  • Identify potential advantages and limitations of using AI in language learning, and consider how these factors may impact students, teachers, and educational institutions. 
  • Explore the effectiveness of AI in improving foreign language skills and learner engagement. 
  • Discuss ethical implications of automation in language teaching and learning. 


Duval Guimarães

Director of Customized Solutions at EF Education First

Duval Guimaraes is Director of Customized Solutions at EF Education First. He develops partnerships with governments, education institutions and businesses to help their professionals, teachers and students master English language proficiency through customized solutions and large-scale projects. Over the past 5+ years, he passionately focused on bridging public, private and third sector bridges in the education, social impact, and government relations worlds. Duval holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School as well as a BA with Honors in International Studies from American University, in Washington DC. Becoming a father at the age of 17 was one of the main challenges – and drivers – of his personal and academic journey. He was the first in his family to finish high school and pursue a college education. 

Ye Wang

Professor and the Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)

Ye Wang is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Her publications focus on interactivity and engagement on websites and social media. With articles published in top international journals, she has been collaborating with data scientists on a wide range of topics, including social media analysis for health communication, country personalities, implicit bias, etc. She was awarded the Research Fellowship of the American Academy of Advertising twice (2017 and 2020) and is a co-PI of NSF’s Open Collaborative Experiential Learning project. Dr. Wang is also an affiliate faculty member with UMKC’s Center for Digital and Public Humanities and the School of Science and Engineering. 

Jeremy Slagoski

Applied Language Institute (ALI) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)

Jeremy Slagoski oversees all administrative and academic functions of the Applied Language Institute (ALI) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Slagoski has over 20 years’ experience in the field of English language education, teaching and administering programs in Japan, Korea, Russia, and China as well as in Wisconsin, Maryland, Iowa, and Illinois in the USA. The ALI mission is to offer comprehensive English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction for academic, personal, or professional purposes as well as language acquisition and cross-cultural classes and seminars. He earned a PhD in Foreign Language & ESL Education from the University of Iowa. 

Jeferson Ferro

Director of UNINTER’s language school

Jeferson Ferro is the Director of UNINTER’s language school. He has 20 years of experience at the intersection of teaching, content development, and business management and growth. Since 2001, he has taught a range of courses at UNINTER focused on language learning, communications and distance education teaching methodologies. Jeferson served as Director of two language schools (Youtalk Idiomas and Words Inglês e Espanhol) for 15 years. During this time, he gained practical experience managing multiple branches, more than 1,000 students, and training courses for corporate clients such as Exxon Mobile, Lactec, and Positivo Informática. Jeferson earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in English and Literature at the Federal University of Paraná. In 2020, he earned his PhD in Communication and Media Studies at Tuiuti University.  

Presentation and Moderation

Jason Dyett

VP, Uninter Global Hub

Jason Dyett is Vice President and co-founder of the UNINTER Global Hub. Based in the Boston area, he has 25 years of experience establishing and growing private sector and higher education initiatives in the U.S. and Brazil. Jason served as Managing Director of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative (2016-2019), where he led its staff in expanding a fellowship program for C-level executives who are re-focusing on social impact. From 2006 to 2016, he was founding Executive Director of Harvard’s University-wide office in São Paulo, Brazil. Earlier in his career, he conducted best practices research on information risk for Fortune 1000 companies. Jason earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont.