Teaching Writing to ESL Students in the AI Age

Session 7: 1:00pm-2:00pm (Saturday March 02, 2024)



An important responsibility for ESL educators is teaching 21st. century skills. Artificial Intelligence falls into this category. Join this session to get an introduction to AI in the ESL writing classroom. Learn about AI tools such as ChatGPT and how to incorporate them in your writing lessons. In addition, there will be time to share and discuss your concerns related to the cons of having students use AI in your classes as well as some strategies to overcome potential challenges. Presenters will also demonstrate how they have created lessons centering the use of ChatGPT in their beginning, intermediate, and advanced ESL classes.


Lead Presenter Bio Photo

Chris Vela Che

San Diego College of Continuing Education

Chris Vela Che has been an adult ESL educator for more than 10 years. Most of her teaching experience has been with low literacy to beginning high English language learners. She has been a frequent CATESOL and TDLS presenter and attendee since 2017 One of the things she enjoys about her job is finding ways to integrate digital technologies into her classroom in order to improve her students' learning experience and digital skills.

CoPresenter Bio Photo

Ingrid Bairstow

Imperial Valley College

Associate Professor Ingrid Bairstow has taught noncredit and credit ESL at MiraCosta College, San Diego College of Continuing Education, and Imperial Valley College for eight years. She has extensive experience teaching all levels of noncredit and credit ESL. She has also been a frequent presenter and CATESOL attendee since 2017.

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (60 Minutes)


  • Teachers

Program Strands

  • English as a Second Language

Category Strands

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