John Thorpe is a Senior English Language Arts/English Language Learner (ELA/ELL) Content Specialist at a non-profit educational research agency headquartered in San Francisco, CA. He specializes in content and item development of K–12 diagnostic and summative assessments, with an emphasis on development for English language learner populations. In addition to his experience in assessment, he has more than 18 years of experience teaching English as a second or foreign language in both the United States and Japan.
John received a BA in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Title: AI in ESL Assessment: Unleashing the Potential of Artificial Intelligence for Efficient, Objective, and Enhanced Scoring and Feedback of Academic Writing

Artificial intelligence (AI), took the world by storm in November 2022 with the introduction of ChatGPT, a sophisticated technology capable of producing human-like responses and analyses to practically any question asked of it.
Importantly, these open-sourced technical tools are available to classroom instructors with no need for advanced coding or computer skills. This presentation aims to explore the integration of AI into ESL (English as a Second Language) classrooms for the assessment and scoring of student academic papers. As ESL educators and professionals, our primary goal is to foster language proficiency and academic success. Incorporating AI-based solutions can enhance the assessment process by using AI to effectively act as a second reader, or teacher’s assistant, tasked with scoring written responses and providing useful, constructive, and timely feedback for students.
The objectives of this presentation are:
· to provide an overview of available, open-source AI technologies relevant to ESL assessment;
· to discuss the importance of a well-designed and clearly articulated rubric for evaluating responses reliably; and
· how to craft prompts to ensure more accurate, more pertinent, and more useful AI responses.
Participants will hopefully gain a better understanding of the ways in which they can incorporate AI into their assessment of student writing and take advantage of the benefits that AI offers, including efficiency and objectivity. This presentation hopefully will equip ESL educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to harness AI's potential for enhancing the assessment and scoring of student academic papers.

Summary: This presentation will introduce ESL educators to the use of AI for assessing and scoring student academic papers. The presentation will cover available AI technologies, the importance of a well-designed rubric, and how to craft prompts for accurate feedback. Participants will learn how to incorporate AI into their assessment practices to improve efficiency and objectivity.