Chat GPT in Foreign Language Learning: A Short Experiment With Tourism Students

Laura Chagas


ChatGPT presents significative potential as a versatile tool for foreign language learning, particularly for improving reading and writing skills, so in the context of higher education, it is important to find out how to take advantage of it, especially for argumentative writing, which involves a higher-order thinking skill.

To explore the practicality and benefits of integrating ChatGPT into the pedagogical framework, a quantitative study was conducted involving 38 undergraduate Tourism students.

The central focus of the investigation is to gauge their perceptions of ChatGPT as a supplementary tool for English language learning. This is assessed through their experiences engaging in discussions with the chatbot.

The results of the study reveal that students not only find ChatGPT to be a valuable asset in their English language learning journey but also recommend its use within the classroom setting. The positive feedback underscores the potential of ChatGPT as an effective aid in language acquisition.

Research shows that the use of Chat CPT can bring numerous advantages but requires careful consideration of ethical and academic principles, so a few suggestions are given in this context.

Objective: to describe Tourism students’ perception on the use of AI for English language learning.

Methods: online questionnaire (quantitative data)

Results: Students were generally satisfied with the use of Chat GPT and recommend its use.

Conclusions: Other studies regarding the use of chatbots for foreign language learning show similar results. Regarding ethical issues, educators should plan activities thoroughly and provide guidelines for students by also discussing the potential benefits and risks of Chat GPT.

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