News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

April 29, 2024 - Issue #141

Project News

Major New Release: Avenue Standards for Technology-enhanced Language Learning
New Language Solutions is pleased to announce the release of our new learning technology standards. ... Since February 2023, an eminent group of international TELL experts has worked in partnership with a leading light in the Canadian sector and our own NLS team of educational technologists to build the standards. … The Learner, Instructor and Program standards are available on …

New in the Avenue eUnit Catalogue/Course Builder
Four sample topics from the Avenue Pronunciation course have been added to the eUnit Catalogue and can be added to courses using the Course Builder. Interested instructors can submit this form for access to the entire English Pronunciation course and the instructor training.

New Avenue Leadership Group Begins Saturday, May 25th
Avenue Leadership Training now formatted as microcredentials; Participants build skills as lead teachers or managers; Grow your learning tech skills with a community of LINC or CLIC colleagues; MLITSD-funded Adult Language Training professionals are now eligible; Choose the Introduction microcredential to get started (about 2.5 hours); Complete seven microcredentials to earn a Leadership Certificate; Engage with videos, readings, audio podcasts and discussion forums; Dive deep on the Brand New Avenue Learning Technology Standards; Apply innovations and leadership principles to your language program ....

New Podcast: Interview with Dr. Greg Kessler – April 23, 2024
This podcast is an interview with Dr. Greg Kessler, a Professor of Innovative Learning Design and Technology. … the session focused on Dr. Kessler’s Graduate Program at the University of Ohio and an exciting opportunity for him at the University of Calgary. Dr. Kessler also spoke on his role in the development of technology standards for Canadian settlement language teachers and practical applications for them as well. The conversation is rounded out by a discussion on AI and what it means for students and teachers.

Best Practices for Synchronous/Blended Teaching in PBLA/LINC
The Best Practices for Synchronous/Blended Teaching – PD course … offers a variety of engaging strategies for synchronous/blended instruction and assessment that are based on findings from a 19-months national research project lead by the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). … Ready to take your teaching to the next level? Contact the project lead, Anita Premkumar, at to enroll today.

Web News

The Duolingo English Test reduces barriers to higher education for English learners
In the dynamic landscape of higher education, high-stakes proficiency testing is a must, and the Duolingo English Test (DET) has emerged at the forefront of innovation, leading the charge in redefining English language assessment. …

Apps are helping teachers communicate with families that don’t speak English
For many teachers, apps have become crucial to communicate with the rising number of families that don’t speak English …

Spotify tests video courses to teach everything from music production to Excel
Spotify has carved out a business for itself in music streaming, podcast entertainment and audiobooks. Now, in its ongoing efforts to get its 600 million+ users to spend more time and money on its platform, Spotify is spinning up a new line of content: e-learning. …

Warning for newcomers to Canada: Watch out for tax schemes targeting you!
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has recently discovered a tax scheme that targets newcomers to Canada. This scheme tells newcomers which benefit and credit payments they may claim for periods of time before they arrived in Canada. If you or someone you know is new to Canada, it’s important to be cautious. ...

Global Online Language Learning Market Size To Worth USD 54.95 Billion By 2033
The Global Online Language Learning Market Size was Valued at USD 15.24 Billion in 2023 and the Worldwide Online Language Learning Market Size is Expected to Reach USD 54.95 Billion by 2033, according to a research report …


Top Apps for Mastering English: Speak, Listen, Write with Confidence
… mastering the language has never been easier, thanks to a plethora of apps designed to help you speak, listen, and write English with confidence. Whether you're a beginner looking to learn basic vocabulary or an advanced learner aiming to refine your grammar, there's an app for you. Here are some of the best apps …

AI In Education: The Secret Weapon For Future Leaders
AI can personalize learning for each student, provide 24/7 support, and create immersive learning experiences. However, it's important to address concerns about human touch, data privacy, and educational equity. …

The Importance of Closed Captions in Online Education
Closed captions, widely recognized as a tool beneficial to the hearing impaired community, have seen broad adoption across multiple avenues of modern digital media. … The captions, synchronized with the video, offer a textual representation of all significant audio content, not just the dialogue, which includes providing descriptions of critical non-verbal sounds that convey meaningful context. …

Helping English Language Learners Decipher Tough Texts
Teachers can help ELL students read at higher levels by emphasizing sentence structure and meaning making. …

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Effective Microlearning
Microlearning is not just a fleeting trend—it's rapidly evolving into a cornerstone of online training strategies. Recent studies have shown that microlearning can boost engagement rates by up to 50% and enhance knowledge retention by 80%, … we've meticulously crafted this ultimate guide to microlearning. …

Translation In eLearning Content: Bridging Language Barriers In Education
Explore the intricate challenges of translating eLearning content and discover effective solutions, emphasizing the pivotal role of cultural sensitivity. From linguistic nuances to adapting teaching styles, this article delves into strategies that bridge cultural gaps, ensuring eLearning is effective.

Professional Development

LearnIT2teach Annotated Bibliography New Resource: Developing Targeted Technology Standards for Avenue language instructors, programs, and learners: an initiative of New Language Solutions.
This report from the Spring 2024 TESL Ontario Contact magazine previews the Technology Standards that have been developed for instructors in Canadian settlement language programs. You will also find a vignette detailing the experience of an instructor in her program as she uses the standards.

Are subtitles useful for language learners?
Despite the seemingly commonsensical view that captions or subtitles aid comprehension, empirical research is less certain about their recommendation for all language learners. This review article introduces some of the theoretical foundations of multimedia learning before examining recent studies investigating the facilitative effect of L2 captions, ...

Upcoming PD Events
BCTEAL 2024 Annual Conference (May 2-4)
TESL Manitoba Annual Conference (May 10)
TESL NS Spring Conference (May 25)
TOSCON 2024: A New Era of Language Education (June 8)


E-Learning Specialist
The Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education (Burlington, Oakville and Milton) is seeking an E-Learning Specialist for its LINC/ESL/FSL Program. …

Instructor – Distance Education Ontario
[LINC Home Study] … We provide a self-paced distance language training program for immigrants to Canada who are unable to attend classes in person. …

Digital Navigator, Newcomer Programs
… the Digital Navigator will work closely with the immediate team members (LINC Instructors, Settlement Workers, and Outreach Lead/Admin) and extended colleagues to create opportunities that support newcomers accessing online, hybrid, and HyFlex language training and settlement services. (Bolton, Ontario)

e-Resource Corner

Better Words
This website provides wordlists, dictionaries and various interactive activities to help users improve and build their vocabulary.

Benefits and Credits for Newcomers to Canada
A video available in multiple languages explaining many of the services and benefits we enjoy in Canada are made possible through taxes …

New Language Solutions is based in Ottawa, Ontario. We acknowledge that our head office is on the traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People. Beyond Ottawa, we have staff working in locations across Canada. New Language Solutions is grateful to have the opportunity to work as a guest in communities and territories across the country, and we honour the stewardship of the many Indigenous peoples who have resided on and cared for these lands since time immemorial.

We make our acknowledgement as a sign of respect for all Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, past and present. We accept the true impact of the past and the pain suffered by generations of Indigenous Peoples. As an agency that works to support the integration of newcomers into Canadian society and cultures, we express our commitment to support activities that are inclusive of Indigenous Peoples. We resolve to address a history of injustice to First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.

New Language Solutions Inc.


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Through funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Avenue - LearnIT2teach Project provides LINC teachers with online tools and resources and extensive training to help them implement blended learning in their programs. Visit for more information.

 Avenue - LearnIT2teach News is researched and compiled by Jim Edgar