Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on ChatGPT, April 2024                                             Pp. 56-72
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/ChatGPT.3

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Integration of AI into the Distance Learning Environment: Enhancing Soft Skills

Inna Borkovska
Department of English Language for Humanities, Faculty of Linguistics, National Technical University of
Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, Kyiv, Ukraine

Hanna Kolosova
Department of English Language for Humanities, Faculty of Linguistics, National Technical University
of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, Kyiv, Ukraine

Iryna Kozubska
Department of English Language for Humanities, Faculty of Linguistics, National Technical University of
Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, Kyiv, Ukraine
Corresponding author: kozubskair@gmail.com

Inna Antonenko
Department of English Language for Humanities, Faculty of Linguistics, National Technical University of
Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, Kyiv, Ukraine

 

Received:01/06/2024             Accepted:04/11/2024                     Published: 04/24/2024

 

Abstract:
Soft skills have become increasingly essential for success in the modern world, especially in the labor market, where employers value employees’ social and communication skills. Online education, which is an integral part of the educational process in Ukraine, is adjusting to the development of students’ soft skills. Integrating artificial intelligence tools into English language learning is becoming a new direction in soft skills development. This approach opens up new teaching strategies that make learning more effective, engaging, and innovative. While learning English, students develop communication, creativity, and critical thinking skills, which contribute to their educational process and prepare the foundation for employment. The study aims to 1) evaluate the impact of artificial intelligence on the development of students’ soft skills in online learning; 2) identify the most essential soft skills for their effective learning and future employment based on a student survey; 3) develop criteria for an online course using artificial intelligence and outline strategies for integrating the ChatGPT tool into distance learning English classes. To achieve the objectives of our study, we developed and processed a questionnaire, collected quantitative data, and analyzed and interpreted qualitative data; the study sample included 304 students. The questionnaire results showed a generally positive attitude of students towards using artificial intelligence in English for Specific Purposes courses. They opened up prospects for introducing an online course in the English for Specific Purposes program and further research, including an experiment with the introduction of this online course.
Keywords: Artificial intelligence, distance education, English for Specific Purposes, ChatGPT, higher education,
smart technologies, soft skills.

Cite as:  Borkovska, I, Kolosova, H.,  Kozubska,I.,& Antonenko,I. (2024).  Integration of AI into the Distance Learning Environment: Enhancing Soft Skills. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on ChatGPT, April 2024: 56-72.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/ChatGPT.3

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Received: 01/06/2024  
Accepted: 04/11/2024 
Published: 04/24/2024 
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5035-7866
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/ChatGPT.3 

Inna Borkovska is a Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Department of English Language for Humanities, National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”. Her research interests lie in the field of pragmatics and innovative methods aimed at developing students’ soft skills. Email: Borkovskaya@meta.ua
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5035-7866

Hanna Kolosova is a Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Department of English Language for Humanities, National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”. Her research interests lie in onomastics, presupposition, and innovative methods for developing students’ soft skills. Email: plakydanna@gmail.com
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4224-0371

Iryna Kozubska is a PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of English Language for Humanities, National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”. Her research interests lie in the field of linguistics of the text, teaching ESP, and innovative methods aimed at developing students’ soft skills.
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0934-6844 

Inna Аntonenko is a Ph.D. Associate Professor of the Department of English Language for Humanities, National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.” Her research interests include a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching foreign languages and innovative methods for the development of students’ soft skills.
Email: discussion17@ukr.net
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6238-9937