News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

September 30, 2021 - Issue #112

Remembering Victims of Residential Schools:
Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Understanding the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30, 2021, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day that coincides with Orange Shirt Day. It recognizes the tragic legacy of residential schools, the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of these institutions. Start your learning journey here by exploring the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. ...

Launch of Kichi-Asotamatowin: Land & Treaties EAL Curriculum
MANSO and Immigration Partnership Winnipeg are pleased to announce the launch of the Kichi-Asotamatowin*: Land & Treaties Curriculum for English as an Additional adult language program. The curriculum is for use in LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) programs as well as more informal contexts like conversation classes and one-on-one tutoring.

Project News

A Message from Achēv about the Testing of CLB 3 Courseware Units on Avenue for the National LINC Online Curriculum
This year, Achēv is developing LINC online courseware for CLB 3. The courseware consists of 4-hour long units that will be hosted in The following [12] units are in production ... In collaboration with New Language Solutions (NLS), we are planning to test units with CLB 3 instructors who are already using NLS will invite instructors on to express their interest in testing units starting in January 2022. ...

A New Role on Avenue for Supply Teachers
We've added the new Instructor (non-editing) role to Avenue to address the need to get supply teachers without the LearnIT2teach training up and running in a course. Unlike the Non-editing teacher role, this new role supports very basic course editing, such as showing (and hiding) course content. The Instructor (non-editing) role allows teachers to temporarily facilitate an Avenue course with minimal training. A help file is available to get an instructor started in this role.

Does Your Agency Manage TESL Volunteers in the Classroom or the Community?
At New Language Solutions we recognize volunteers can be an important part of settlement language training. TESL Basics for Language Volunteers (TBLV) is an online course funded by IRCC. TBLV was developed to offer basic TESL training and orientation for volunteers working with newcomers in conversation circles and other informal language training, or for volunteers working as teacher’s aides in formal language training programs, such as LINC. ...

The benefits of LINC blended learning #2. Our featured video this month is, “It encourages and enables independent learning.”
Many settlement language training service providers are transitioning back to face to face instruction now that the pandemic is subsiding. Are you wondering if LINC blended learning is the best avenue for instruction (pun intended)? And, if it is the best, how so? ...

Web News

Immigrant nurses in B.C. say language proficiency tests a barrier to practice
Some internationally educated nurses in B.C. say the language proficiency requirement to become a registered nurse is an unnecessary barrier forcing them to give up their career and look for other jobs. Amid the strain of the pandemic on other nurses, they say they feel frustrated, unable to help.. ...

Adults CAN Learn New Languages Quickly
Contrary to one of the most-cited studies in the field, a new research paper from University of Kansas (KU) linguists shows that even as beginners, adults can quickly begin mentally processing sentence structures in a second language like a native speaker. ...

Pandemic has cultivated new segment of online learners
A newly released report ... suggests that not only did online learning gain traction during the pandemic, but a new segment of online learners emerged who tend to be younger and largely liked what they experienced. The report, entitled Voice of the Online Learner, lends insight on the impact of COVID-19 on the online learner ...

From Hybrid to Blended Learning: Using Tech to Improve Students' Experience
Most teachers were aware of blended learning prior to the pandemic. Many were attempting to integrate the model into their classroom teaching on some level, using digital tools and web-based resources in their curriculum and pedagogy. ... Now, with recent advancements in educational technology and the near-perpetual use of these tools for the past year and a half, there’s no going back ...

From TikTok to K-pop: How French students are learning English online
French students are increasingly heading online to learn English from social media, games and online chat - with some surprising results for their vocabulary. ...

How Teachers Are Taking Lessons Learned From Virtual School Back to the Classroom
In the past 18 months, educators across the country learned how to adjust their instruction to online learning environments; many had to completely rethink how they would approach their content to meet the needs of all learners. .... Now, teachers are preparing to take the lessons learned during virtual learning back into the classroom. ... Lesson 1: Creating on-demand content makes learning more accessible


21 Free Fun IceBreakers for Online Teaching, Students & Virtual and Remote Teams
Here are 21 free to use icebreakers for online teaching that you can use. Icebreakers are an important part of any training program, as they encourage people to participate from the start of a session, to get to know each other and to feel comfortable working with others. ...

Adult Learners Need More Instructional Support
Expectations of adult learners are generally high. They are assumed to be naturally focused, motivated, and self-directed. While this may be true, some adult students still need significant encouragement and scaffolding ... Some are not verse with the technology and are quite new to advanced studies. Telling them to read and complete an assignment, while offering little support, only compounds their anxiety. ...

Is Remote Learning the Future of Education?
The world has been moving toward remote learning models since the COVID-19 pandemic hit ... educators are finding new ways to leverage and execute educational programs efficiently and effectively. ... So without any exaggeration, let us look into some reasons for which we see remote learning as the future of education.

How to Use The Breakout Rooms In Virtual Training Software
Group activities and exercises are very important when teaching a class with multiple students. In the traditional classroom environment tutors often divide the students into groups in different breakout rooms. How can you include group activities when teaching online with virtual training software? It’s easy – just use the breakout rooms feature in your class. ...

What Will Online Learning Look Like in 10 Years? Zoom Has Some Ideas
... This week at Zoom’s annual conference, Zoomtopia, a trio of education-focused Zoom employees (er, Zoomers?) speculated wildly about what hybrid Zoom learning might look like 10 years from now, given the warp speed advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning expected. Below are highlights of their grandiose, if sometimes vague, vision ...

Professional Development

New Resource in the Annotated Bibliography: Intelligent assistants in language learning: an analysis of features and limitations
This short article presents the findings of an extensive literature review examining the use of Intelligent assistants in education. The article focuses on the potential, features and limitations of Intelligent Assistants to support, language learning.

10 Easy Moodle Hacks for ESL
Some interesting ideas to lighten teachers' workloads are presented in this YouTube video and PowerPoint. These resources describe "10 recipes for teachers to integrate automated writing evaluation into their courses." ...

Using Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge
Tutela Community Coordinator Nathan Hall  demonstrates new features in Microsoft Edge in this YouTube video. ..."Find out how you can use Microsoft's new version of their browser Edge to read out text from a webpage and to make it easier for others to read the text.." ...


Online English Teacher
Magic Ears is an innovative online English learning platform for students ages 4-12. With a relentless focus on the long-term, our mission is to bring a global classroom experience to every child and to provide the best online career opportunity for teachers. ...

Online English Teacher
Novakid is an online English learning platform. Our international team works all over the world with 4-12 years old children from Russia, Poland, Turkey, Germany, Spain, and other countries. ....

e-Resource Corner

New H5P CLB-aligned Resources to Address Gender-based Violence
This 11-module collection comprises four units containing two to three multi-level modules covering CLB 1 and 2, CLB 3 and 4, and CLB 5 and 6. Unit topics address What domestic violence is, and the cycle of violence; Making and using the Signal for Help, and supporting a friend; Finding help if you are a victim of domestic violence, and Safety planning.  Achēv’s LCTS project’s collection of H5P online teaching materials to help LINC teachers address gender-based violence is now available at:

Historica Canada
This site offer programs and Heritage Minute videos that can be used to explore, learn and reflect on our history, and what it means to be Canadian. ...

New Language Solutions Inc.


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LearnIT2teach News is researched and compiled by Jim Edgar