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7th, 8th, 9th

Ordering food in French from an AI waiter

Have students engage in a verbal conversation in French to order a meal at a restaurant.

Screenshot of Flint interface showing a conversation in French with a student ordering soup. There is also session analysis on the right side showing the student's demonstrated strengths, areas of improvement, and a potential follow-up tutor.
Screenshot of Flint interface showing a conversation in French with a student ordering soup. There is also session analysis on the right side showing the student's demonstrated strengths, areas of improvement, and a potential follow-up tutor.
Screenshot of Flint interface showing a conversation in French with a student ordering soup. There is also session analysis on the right side showing the student's demonstrated strengths, areas of improvement, and a potential follow-up tutor.

Teaching goals

A major bottleneck in teaching world languages is the lack of real-world conversational practice. Teachers may not have the time to engage in verbal conversations with every student, which can make it challenging for students to improve their conversational abilities.

With Flint, teachers can design verbal conversations in any language (e.g. French) between the AI and the student, thereby providing each student with conversational practice that is perfectly tailored to their difficulty level.

Here, we’ll explore the use case of a French teacher looking to help their native English-speaking students with conversational skills as well as vocabulary related to food.

Designing an AI tutor in Flint for this use case is quite simple. As you can see below, the teacher has set an ACTFL level, provided a learning objective, and has uploaded a menu of a French restaurant (optional):

Learning objective:

ACTFL Level: Intermediate

Students should be able to have a conversation in French where they order food from a restaurant.

Extra customization

Flint uses AI to automatically generate rules for the AI waiter to follow, along with a rubric for the AI to use to give feedback to students.

Screenshots of the helpfulness slider, rules, and rubric for this tutor.

All aspects of the experience can be customized. For example, we can use the “revise” feature to change the rubric from A-F to a 1-4 proficiency scale.

Screenshot of grading rubric being regenerated after revision request of changing the rubric to a scale from 1 to 4.

Student experience

By starting a session with the AI tutor, students can engage in a verbal conversation in French with an AI waiter. Throughout the course of the conversation, the AI will communicate entirely in French at the ACTFL Intermediate level.

Screenshot of a student session in progress showing how the student can record a message aloud to chat with the tutor.

The student can click the microphone button to speak to the AI, and the AI will speak back to them in French. The entire conversation is also transcribed automatically.

Throughout the conversation, the AI waiter will encourage students to order food from the menu provided by the teacher. The AI waiter will politely correct grammar mistakes and vocabulary, while continuing to move the conversation forwards.

Once the student submits their session, they’ll get immediate feedback highlighting their strengths as well as any areas for improvement. This data is available to the teacher, as is the audio recording of the entire conversation.

Extra customization

Flint uses AI to automatically generate rules for the AI waiter to follow, along with a rubric for the AI to use to give feedback to students.

Screenshots of the helpfulness slider, rules, and rubric for this tutor.

All aspects of the experience can be customized. For example, we can use the “revise” feature to change the rubric from A-F to a 1-4 proficiency scale.

Screenshot of grading rubric being regenerated after revision request of changing the rubric to a scale from 1 to 4.

World Languages

|

7th, 8th, 9th

Ordering food in French from an AI waiter

Have students engage in a verbal conversation in French to order a meal at a restaurant.

Screenshot of Flint interface showing a conversation in French with a student ordering soup. There is also session analysis on the right side showing the student's demonstrated strengths, areas of improvement, and a potential follow-up tutor.

Inputs

Learning objective:

Students should be able to have a conversation in French where they order food from a restaurant.

Teaching goals

A major bottleneck in teaching world languages is the lack of real-world conversational practice. Teachers may not have the time to engage in verbal conversations with every student, which can make it challenging for students to improve their conversational abilities.

With Flint, teachers can design verbal conversations in any language (e.g. French) between the AI and the student, thereby providing each student with conversational practice that is perfectly tailored to their difficulty level.

Here, we’ll explore the use case of a French teacher looking to help their native English-speaking students with conversational skills as well as vocabulary related to food.

Designing an AI tutor in Flint for this use case is quite simple. As you can see below, the teacher has set an ACTFL level, provided a learning objective, and has uploaded a menu of a French restaurant (optional):

Extra customization

Flint uses AI to automatically generate rules for the AI waiter to follow, along with a rubric for the AI to use to give feedback to students.

Screenshots of the helpfulness slider, rules, and rubric for this tutor.

All aspects of the experience can be customized. For example, we can use the “revise” feature to change the rubric from A-F to a 1-4 proficiency scale.

Screenshot of grading rubric being regenerated after revision request of changing the rubric to a scale from 1 to 4.

Student experience

By starting a session with the AI tutor, students can engage in a verbal conversation in French with an AI waiter. Throughout the course of the conversation, the AI will communicate entirely in French at the ACTFL Intermediate level.

Screenshot of a student session in progress showing how the student can record a message aloud to chat with the tutor.

The student can click the microphone button to speak to the AI, and the AI will speak back to them in French. The entire conversation is also transcribed automatically.

Throughout the conversation, the AI waiter will encourage students to order food from the menu provided by the teacher. The AI waiter will politely correct grammar mistakes and vocabulary, while continuing to move the conversation forwards.

Once the student submits their session, they’ll get immediate feedback highlighting their strengths as well as any areas for improvement. This data is available to the teacher, as is the audio recording of the entire conversation.

"I really like that Flint is giving feedback and lets you re-do your responses, incorporating the suggestions. I tried the chat in spoken Spanish, and the bot was able to roleplay and understand everything. It’s amazing how well it can keep asking deeper and deeper questions based on the initial prompt. This is such a revolutionary tool for language learning!"

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Sebastian Bartis

Spanish Teacher at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes

“Flint has become my new favorite tool both in and out of the classroom. I can have students engage in written or spoken conversations in French about the material we study in class. Flint supports me in implementing differentiated instruction because I can have students getting feedback on an assignment while the rest of the class is practicing their conversational skills.”

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Audrey Lamou

French teacher at St. George's

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Spark AI-powered learning at your school.

Start a trial to get free access to Flint for any number of teachers and administrators at your school.

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Spark AI-powered learning at your school.

Start a trial to get free access to Flint for any number of teachers and administrators at your school.

Watch the video