News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

January 31, 2020 - Issue #94

Project News

IRCC National Learning Management System Update
Development work is continuing on IRCC's national LMS, and in the coming months we will be sharing news about it in this newsletter. We will roll out the new LMS this September and (requested) courses will be migrated from EduLINC to the new platform by that time. In the spring, we will be reaching out to EduLINC teachers to help us identify which courses need to be migrated.

Meetings in the Digital Age Modules
Two four-skill PBLA-compatible modules (with assessments) on Giving and Receiving Feedback and Roles and Responsibilities in a Meeting for CLB 5/6 will be available next month for piloting. Please let your mentor know if you would like to pilot one of these modules.

Web News

Say what? Why some newcomers are paying to reduce their accents
Whether for a new job or ease of integration, immigrants in Ottawa are signing up for clarity training ...

Language Learning is Easier Through E-learning
...  According to e-learning experts language learning is a personal process. It demands concentration and practice. In a classroom environment it is difficult to have both. Students are shy to show-off their personal speaking ability in public, especially if they are learning a foreign language. That is why online language courses are gaining popularity. ...

Ontario wants more lower-skilled immigrants, but only if they’ll work in manufacturing outside the GTA
As part of an expansion of a previously announced plan to promote immigration to smaller communities, the province released a proposed list of 13 manufacturing job categories that would qualify foreign workers for permanent status in Canada. ...

How classroom technology is holding students back
Educators love digital devices, but there’s little evidence they help children—especially those who most need help. ...

What are the 21st-century skills every student needs?
The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology. ...

2020 vision: the top ten technology trends for the year ahead
The new year is always a time for looking forwards, so in that spirit, here are ten technology trends we expect will impact your business in 2020. Whether these are areas your business needs to invest in, or simply ones to keep a watching brief on, we’ve got you covered. ...


5 Strategies to Help You with Communicating with eLearning Students
... Effective communication in online learning can improve student outcomes and satisfaction. In this post you will learn about 5 strategies that will help you develop a strong connection with your students via online learning. It is imperative that you take into consideration the suggestions mentioned in this post, keeping up frequent communication with your students. All of these suggestions will work in supporting the learning process. ...

Three ways technology can enhance student feedback
Student feedback should be insightful and timely, but that isn't always easy--unless, of course, a technology tool can help instructors ... Here’s how technology can support instructors as they review students’ work, making it easier for educators to provide insightful, timely, and consistent student feedback.

A stunning H5P Christmas gift for all readers
How would you like the coolest ever interactive H5P guide free from ElearningWorld. I’ve been working on this for a few weeks, and it’s finally ready for initial release. So this is my H5P Christmas present to all the H5P users around the world ... I’m trying to make it genuinely useful for any teacher using H5P. ...


ONLINE English Teacher
CultureWorks Headquarters is seeking skilled contract and supply English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teachers for its online, in-China EAP program, U First. Our programs are designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop their academic English skills to be fully prepared to continue academic studies at the university level at home or abroad. ...

Online ESL Teacher (Coquitlam)
The ideal candidate will be teaching Chinese students aged 7—15 through Yorke's online teaching platform. ...

Professional Development

New resource in the LearnIT2teach Annotated Bibliography: Choosing an App for your lessons using the Padagogy Wheel
In this brief post, TESL Ontario blogger John Allen describes the Padagogy Wheel and process which can be used by educators to evaluate the appropriateness of apps for teaching and learning. He also provides an example of how he used the Padagogy Wheel to in developing a vocabulary lesson in his classroom.

Mobile Apps for English Language Teaching
Written by Nik Peachy, this free four-page PDF file from Oxford University Press explores the advantages and disadvantages of using mobile apps with English language learners.  It include implementation strategies and a further reading list..

How to Be a Better Online Teacher - Advice Guide
Whether you’ve taught online a lot or a little, chances are you didn’t enjoy it as much as teaching in person. Maybe you didn’t experience that fizz after a particularly invigorating face-to-face class. ... you may not feel fully invested in your online teaching practice. Yet it can be just as rewarding as teaching in a bricks-and-mortar classroom, if in different ways.  ... Which brings me to the purpose of this guide. What you will find here is advice on how to make your online pedagogy as effective and satisfying as the in-person version, including: ...

e-Resource Corner

ESL Fast
This site provides beginner to intermediate reading practice. Most texts include a listening option. The texts include dialogues and passages about every day life that are suitable for adult learners.

Visual Thesaurus
The Visual Thesaurus is an online thesaurus and dictionary of over 145,000 words that you explore and visualize using an interactive map. Unlike Roget's Thesaurus, the Visual Thesaurus contains over 39,000 proper nouns and American and British spellings and pronunciations. It's a tool for people who think visually.

New Language Solutions Inc.


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LearnIT2teach News is researched and compiled by Jim Edgar