Artificial intelligence (AI), as one of the threats to the existence of humanity, has a greater role to play in language education, especially in ELT. In this paper, I discuss why the field of English Language Teaching (ELT) is facing a game-changer, A.I. We, hence, need to appropriate A.I. in our professional discourse. This may mean the need to embrace and harness the power of A.I. by working with the new intelligence. The term ELT 3.0 is coined based on Max Tegmark’s book Life 3.0 (2017)., arguing for the integration of computers into foreign language education. Herein, I discuss two forms of integration: weak and strong. The weak form echoes Thomas W. Malone’s call for humans and computers to work together. The strong form represents a version close to what is called a humanoid in science fiction when humans and computers are physically connected. Even with the somewhat unavoidable weak-version scenario, ELT will be greatly disrupted. ELT practitioners and researchers need to academically address this issue and recognize its prevalence as an opportunity for a big jump as well as an existential risk.
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