News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

September 30, 2020 - Issue #101

Project News

LearnIT2teach Podcast Episode 30: Interview with Dr. Tony Bates, Part 1
This is the first of three podcast interviews recorded with Dr. Bates. In this episode, we talk about educator responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, better practices in blended learning, and how educators can take advantage of the ‘affordances’ of the media available. ...

Frequently Asked Questions for Teachers
Check out our FAQs page for more information about Topics include teacher and learner accounts, EduLINC and LearnIT2teach migration, the ePortfolio, and the courseware.

LINC Service Provider Survey
In our ongoing effort to build our database of LINC service providers, please take a few minutes to enter information for your organization in our online survey. We are also anxious to collect information about service provider responses to the COVID-19 pandemic so the survey has a number of additional questions. ...

Our Project Response to COVID-19
Just like all LINC service providers, the project was caught by surprise by the pandemic and the suspension of face-to-face classes. Early on, we identified two groups of teachers by their preparedness to pivot to online teaching when the COVID crisis began: ...

Web News

The Best Language-Learning Software for 2020
We've tested all the major apps for learning a language; here are your best picks for studying a new language no matter your budget, prior experience, or goals....

Immigrants say their lives are in limbo as pandemic blocks their path to citizenship
Six months after the federal government cancelled citizenship tests due to COVID-19, many immigrants say they fear a growing backlog in the citizenship queue will delay indefinitely their goal of becoming Canadians. Before the pandemic hit, the entire citizenship process took an average of 12 months. Now, applicants have no idea when in-person tests will resume ...

Canada needs to get its stalled immigration system back on track
The effects of COVID-19 on Canada’s economy can be measured in many ways. Some are obvious: millions unable to work, thousands of firms forced to close their doors, more than $250-billion in emergency government spending. Less obvious, but of greater significance to Canada’s long-term economic health, is the impact of the pandemic on immigration. ...

From learning her ABCs to helping newcomers resettle: Syrian refugee wins literacy award
Three years ago, Malak Alahmad came to Nova Scotia without any English language skills. .... But, as the Syrian mother of four says, studying will help you come a long way. Alahmad was recently named a recipient of the 2020 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. ...

Why Speaking English May Spread More Coronavirus Than Some Other Languages
New research suggests that English speakers put more droplets into the air when they talk, which may make them more likely to spread COVID-19. Since the novel coronavirus is spread by droplets, how spitty a language is might contribute to different rates of the disease. ...


17 Jokes About Distance Learning That Will Make Parents Stop Crying And Laugh
Of course, one of the most fun parts has been the distance learning. Yeah, that's been...great. But hey, at least parents out there have been making hilarious memes and cartoons about it! Here are some of the best: ...

Perfect Timing:
... Known for a decade as LearnIT2teach and EduLINC, Avenue is more than an updated learning management system (LMS). ... Avenue builds on the strengths of the LearnIT2teach project, the EduLINC courseware, the CCLB PBLA modules, and Tutela’s community. Contributed learning objects and elements that make Avenue a sensible choice for online teaching in the language and settlement sector include the following:

18 Of The Best Formative Assessment Tools For Teachers [Updated]
... Exit tickets are a simple, quick, and oftentimes insightful formative assessment method employed close to the end of a lesson. It is a simple task that requires learners to answer a few questions or perform certain tasks explored during the learning process. ... Here are 18 of the best formative assessment tools for teachers–to glean data, take snapshots of understanding, create digital exit slips, and more. ...

Educators, Don't Forget About Your Own Mental Health
We have seen the statistics where the mental health of students is concerned (CDC statistics). COVID-19 has exacerbated the issue of mental health among all students ...COVID-19 has been one of the most difficult experiences that people have seen in their lifetimes. ... Let's look first to the statistics, so I can build the case for us to finally get a handle on our own mental health. ...

6 Issues Students Face in Remote Learning
When we are teaching in a remote learning setting, we’ll see students facing a variety of struggles. Some of these are specific to remote learning, ... However, there are also issues students wrestle with that may be true in the traditional classroom, but they are magnified during online learning. ... Let’s look at six common issues.. ...

Want to Learn More Effectively? Take More Breaks, Research Suggests
John Sweller is one of the most influential learning science researchers, best known for his “cognitive load theory,” which suggests that educators should present information without extraneous details. Otherwise, the brains of students can literally overload with what amounts to intellectual clutter. Sweller’s latest line of research offers a new insight: the human brain may need regular breaks when learning to help it refresh its “working memory” capacity. ...

Teaching with Wet Paint
As the transformation to full online teaching continues, many instructors are unwittingly becoming instructional design-developers. ... As the transformation to full online teaching continues, many instructors are unwittingly becoming instructional design-developers ...Teaching with fresh and untested learning objects is risky but necessary during these trying times. ... Below are a few suggestions to help avoid embarrassment ...

Professional Development

LearnIT2teach Annotated Bibliography New Resource: Planned online language education versus crisis-prompted online language teaching: Lessons for the future
How can language teachers plan for remote teaching during a crisis such as that we have all experienced during Covid-19? This article offers an overview of the key components of planning for online teaching in normal circumstances and a useful roadmap for planning, design, and implementation when teachers must adapt quickly to changed circumstances.

TiHS Episode 16: Nadia Caidi – understanding the information seeking practices of newcomers
In this interview, U of T Professor Nadia Caidi provides an overview of newcomer information seeking behaviour and practice....

Facilitating Sustainable Virtual PD
... Whether teachers are instructing entirely online, face-to-face, or in a hybrid capacity, the one constant this school year will be instructional technology. ... Fortunately for educators of linguistically and culturally diverse students, students can practice and apply all four language domains—reading, writing, listening, and speaking–using online technology. ...


Online English Teacher
GOGOKID creates a connection between children in China and the world by providing a global learning experience. Our mission is to foster our students to learn the English language as a tool, not as a goal, and to become individuals with creative and critical thinking skills.

Online English Teacher
In Acadsoc, we help our teachers achieve a work-life balance in the comfort of your own home. Join Acadsoc today to enjoy the convenience of working and experience a flexible working schedule....

e-Resource Corner

News in Levels
We write news for students of English. We started in March 2011. We prepare short news articles every working day. We help students learn and understand English. We want to give students some easy reading and listening for their level of English. ...

ReadWorks is committed to solving America’s reading comprehension crisis and student achievement gap. Driven by cognitive science research, ReadWorks creates world-class content, teacher guidance, and integrated tools that improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

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LearnIT2teach News is researched and compiled by Jim Edgar