How Can AI Help You Personalize ESL Lessons on Any Topic?

Session 2: 1:00pm-2:00pm (Friday March 01, 2024)



Are you teaching English for a specific purpose such as IELCE, career pathways, or IET? Do you teach multi-level classes of adult learners who need formative assessments tailored to their level? Rancho Santiago Community College District has partnered with Pace AI to bring personalized, context-relevant English language learning to adult ESL education. Spun out of the Allen Institute for AI Research, Pace AI helps teachers generate personalized learning experiences tailored to different student levels. This session will highlight several key ways that AI can support adult ESL students in overcoming barriers—especially in hybrid and asynchronous learning models—by providing level appropriate Q&A support through a personal AI tutor (who also knows the student’s L1), generating skills-based exercises that are targeted at each student's level and unique pain points, and giving students the real-time feedback they need to improve.


Lead Presenter Bio Photo

Jarek Janio

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Dr. Jarek Janio, with over 25 years of experience at noncredit institutions, coordinates the WIOA grant at Santa Ana College, School of Continuing Education since 2007. He is known for presenting at various webinars and conferences, focusing on topics ranging from andragogy, ESL instruction, to EL Civics implementation and CASAS standardized testing. More recently, Dr. Janio has been presenting on competency-based education, assessment of student learning, and the impact of AI on adult students.

Lead Presenter Bio Photo

Victoria Pu


Victoria Pu is the CEO of Pace AI, which she left her PhD at MIT in applied math to found. Before that, she conducted applied AI/ML research at Microsoft Research and was named a 2020 Rising Star of AI for Social Impact by Harvard University’s Center for Research on Computation and Society. The daughter of immigrants from China, Victoria is inspired to build Pace AI to empower adult learners like her parents to unlock economic opportunity through context-relevant English language training.

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (60 Minutes)


  • Teachers
  • Administrators

Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Short-term Career Technical Education
  • Workforce Preparation

Category Strands

  • Ensuring Equity and Access
  • Digital Learning Foundations
  • Designing Learning Experiences
  • Digital Learning Models
  • Online Engagement and Assessment