News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

August 31, 2022 - Issue #122

Project News

Upcoming Webinars

  • Thursday, September 22 (4-5 ET) - H5P Writing Tools (John Allan) Click here to register and for more information.
  • Tuesday, September 27 (4-5 ET) - Professional Development in Integrating Technology for Settlement Language Training (Dr. Phil Hubbard and Dr. Greg Kessler)  Click here to register and for more information.
  • Thursday, September 29 (7:30-8:30 PM ET) - Introducing MANSO's Childcare Assistant EAL Curriculum (CLB 3, 4, 5) (Stella Wang, Eman Ghanem, Linda Manimtim) Click here to register and for more information.

New PBLA-compatible Modules
The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks has recently contributed these modules for use on Avenue.

  • A Child's Education (CLB 1L-2L)
  • Grocery Shopping (CLB 1L-2L)
  • Reporting a Lost/Stolen Bank Card (CLB 1-2)
  • Safety at Work (CLB 1-2) A Child's Education (CLB 1- 2)
  • Making Requests in the Workplace (CLB 3-4)
  • Shopping for Groceries (CLB 3-4)
  • Getting Around a City (CLB 3-4)

Teachers can preview these modules in the PBLA Sample Modules course and ask their mentor if they’d like any of them added to their course(s). Click here for a complete list of all PBLA-compatible content available on Avenue.

New National LINC Curriculum (NLOC) Ready for Second Round of Testing
The National LINC Online Curriculum (NLOC) project is pleased to invite users to our second round of testing of online courseware units for CLB-3 and CLB-4 units. This Fall, we invite LINC instructors to peruse through and test the following units: Understanding Debit Card Safety (CLB 3), Using Local Transportation (CLB 3) and Talking About a Neighbourhood Problem (CLB 4). Click on this link to learn more about registering!

eSkiils Modules have Arrived
The eSkills team at RRC Polytech is proud to announce that we have released 5 interactive digital literacy lessons for CLB 3-8 in Avenue. Topics include Professional Usernames, Secure Passwords, Protectig Online ID, Browser Basics and Ads vs Content.  Teachers can preview these lessons  in the RRC Polytech eSkills Preview course and ask their mentor if they’d like them added to their course(s). View the Introducing eSkills webinar for more information.

New Childcare Assistant EAL Curriculum Available
The Childcare Assistant EAL Curriculum, funded by the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO), was designed to support newcomer women at CLB 3, 4, and 5 who have different levels of interest in, and experience with, early childhood education as a career.  LINC programs can make full use of this CLB and PBLA-aligned curriculum aimed at providing key language support and employment-focused preparation through the following four topics: Getting a Job as a CCA, Performing Daily Tasks at a Childcare Centre, Workplace Communication, and Workplace Culture. A PDF version of the curriculum will be available on Tutela and on the MANSO website. ...

Web News

How VR and AI could revolutionize language training for newcomers
A new project is exploring the use of virtual reality and artificial intelligence in language acquisition for adult immigrants through simulated environment that mirrors real-life situations. ....

Minimizing systemic barriers key to driving new Canadians to the skilled trades
There are jobs available in the skilled trades and there are plenty of new Canadians looking for work. However, systemic, linguistic, and financial barriers are preventing people from connecting to viable work opportunities — and, unless something changes soon, the province is staring at a dramatic shortfall of workers in the not-too-distant future. ...

IRCC has approved new language test for Canadian immigration
IRCC has recently approved the designation-in-principle of a new language test for economic class immigration applicants. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) anticipates the test will be implemented by early to mid-2023. The name of the new language test was redacted in a May 10 briefing note obtained by CIC News through an access to information request. ...

These 6 graphics show how language is changing in Canada
A quarter of Canadians now have a first language that is neither English nor French, according to newly released census data on language, which marks a record high. These six graphics — based on Statistics Canada data from the 2021 census — provide insight into languages that Canadians know how to speak and which ones they're using at home. ...

Canadian English language sector battles teacher shortage
In its annual report, Languages Canada said that about one in five schools had difficulty attracting suitable candidates for job openings and that there was a disparity between salary expectations and what schools are offering. ...

China has started a grand experiment in AI education. It could reshape how the world learns.
... Experts agree AI will be important in 21st-century education—but how? While academics have puzzled over best practices, China hasn’t waited around. In the last few years, the country’s investment in AI-enabled teaching and learning has exploded. Tech giants, startups, and education incumbents have all jumped in. Tens of millions of students now use some form of AI to learn .... ...


How to Teach Practical ESL Lessons to Adults with Real-world English Needs
Many of the adults who are learning ESL are what we call false beginners. They feel and act like they are beginners, but they have actually tried to learn English before. This post will help you figure out how to teach ESL to adults who aren’t quite absolute beginners but still need a lot of guidance. ...

Motivate Readers Now!
No one disputes the benefits of extensive reading (ER) for students of English. There is a substantial body of evidence supporting using graded readers as an effective way of exposing students to comprehensible input, through which they can acquire not only vocabulary and fluent reading skills but also grammar and oral fluency. Here are just some of the language improvements that ER can make, and the relevant studies. ...

Language Learning in the Metaverse
... Built on the idea that languages are best learned through culture, immersion camps have helped people learn new languages by also teaching them about the customs and traditions of the people that speak that language. Not everyone can (or wants to) go to that kind of camp. But, what about immersion in the metaverse? ... Here, we’ll look at a few VR and spatial desktop options for diving into new languages.

Harnessing online videos for process listening: 5 activities
How can you harness online videos for developing the processes needed for effective listening? In this post, Chiara Bruzzano discusses why a focus on the process of listening is important and suggests five simple, no-prep activities that you can use with online videos. ...

6 Adult Learning Theories and How to Put Them into Practice
What motivates an adult to learn: curiosity or a simple need to know? ... The truth is that adults are complex individuals so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. This article explores key adult learning theories and explains how to define and “marry” a learning need to its most appropriate solution in adult training. ...

3 Adult Learning Theories Every E-Learning Designer Must Know
... Your learners are adults...  [who] want learning experiences that help them meet their needs and achieve their goals. This said, to facilitate learning and be an effective Instructional Designer, you MUST understand how adults learn best. When creating any type of e-learning course, it is important to base the design on a good understanding of adult learning theory. . ...

Professional Development

LearnIT2teach Annotated Bibliography New Resource: Exploring the Needs, Practices, and Attitudes Toward Technology Integration of Community College ESOL Instructors
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.

How to Pre-Teach Vocabulary to English Language Learners
Pre-teaching vocabulary is when a teacher intentionally teaches her students the meanings of key words from a specific reading text in advance. Also known as front-loading vocabulary, this strategy introduces students to words that are essential to understanding the text they're about to read. The text makes more sense to them after they have learned the key words in advance. .... Strategies to Pre-Teach Key Vocabulary to English Language Learners ...

9 Entertaining ESL Homework Ideas to Improve Your Students’ Language Skills
... it’s possible to assign homework to your ESL students that will have them begging for more. How? The first step is to assign homework that works. ... 9 ESL Homework Ideas That Will Have Students Begging for More


Online Teacher
Allschool, founded in Singapore, is an innovative online platform that brings highly interactive live small-group classes to children worldwide. It hosts thousands of devoted and talented teachers from different countries and brings a variety of premium live classes to learners at their fingertips, ranging from mathematics, languages, visual arts to game design. ...

Substitute Instructors (ISSofBC Various Locations)
Instructs level appropriate Literacy – CLB 8 English skills to adult immigrant and refugee newcomers while increasing their understanding of Canadian local, social, workplace, and cultural norms.

CLLC Looking for ESL Teacher at Toronto, ON
CLLC is a Canadian English as a Second Language school with locations in Toronto, Ottawa, and Halifax, as well as Online Live. ,,,  CLLC is seeking ONTESL or CELTA qualified teachers for its Toronto campus. In this role, teachers provide in-person English classroom instruction to students from around the world...

e-Resource Corner

ISSofBC Digital Literacy Resources
These resources are designed to support English language instructors and those working in Settlement, Employment or the community in helping clients overcome digital literacy barriers. ...

Phoneme Videos
A series of English phoneme videos to support readers’ phonemic awareness, a foundational literacy skill.


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.

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