News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

December 22, 2022 - Issue #126

Best wishes for the Holiday Season and for 2023!

Project News

New Part 1 Learning Technology Leadership Group Begins Saturday, January 28th

  • Refreshed and Augmented Leadership Courses for 2023!
  • Grow your learning tech skills with a community of LINC colleagues
  • Engage with videos, readings, audio podcasts and discussion forums
  • Dive deep on learning technology standards frameworks Interpret innovations and leadership theories for your local program
  • Sample the worlds of Universal Design for Learning and the SAMR model
  • Develop a strategic plan to improve local learning technology uptake and teaching/learning practices

National LINC Online Curriculum and Online PBLA (NLOC) Project – User Testing
Calling all LINC instructors: Opportunity to test new NLOC courseware! If you are a LINC instructor on and you’d like to add PBLA-aligned units to your course next semester, the National LINC Online Curriculum Project is pleased to share that more ready-made content will be made available for testing. This winter, Achēv is seeking LINC instructors to test up to three CLB-4 e-Units. All units will be hosted in The following new units can be added to your course(s) for this test period: ...

Avenue-Onyx Merger, the Moodle learning management system and web portal serving Ontario’s non-credit adult ESL and FSL programming for immigrants, will be merged into in 2023. This merger will coincide with the release of Avenue's new resource catalogue and automated coursebuilder. New content on Avenue resulting from the merger will include PBLA-compatible eUnits and occupational-specific language training courses. Visit this web page to learn more about the development progress.

Web News

ChatGPT: Everything to know about the viral, ‘groundbreaking’ AI bot
Is artificial intelligence taking over? Well, the latest “groundbreaking” AI chat bot, trained to interact with users with advanced capabilities, is certainly creating quite the frenzy in the technology world. Known as ChatGPT and created by a company called OpenAI, the software is designed to generate human-like responses to a wide range of inputs by using algorithms. ... Users can ask the AI to write essays, poems or scripts, or even translate or summarize text. It can also answer questions on a wide variety of topics or solve coding problems. ...

Prof aims to research English literacy testing of Manitoba nurses
Dr. Kim Mitchell has joined the College of Nursing with the research goal of helping nursing programs manage English literacy – a much-discussed topic in the context of the current nursing shortage. ...

N.B. radically rethinks French second-language education
The New Brunswick government has unveiled details of the program that will replace French immersion for new students next fall, a reform that will see all kindergarten and elementary students in anglophone schools spend half their days "in exploratory learning in French."

English language classes for newcomers looking to expand as program sees growth in Fort McMurray
An English language program for newcomers is looking to expand in Fort McMurray after seeing huge demand for the services this year.  The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program is a national, federally-funded program that provides free language classes. It's just one of the resources available to newcomers arriving in Fort McMurray. ...

Research Shows Remote Exam Monitoring Reduces Cheating
... Until recently, the connection between cheating prevention and proctoring was merely logical - that the more likely students are to be caught, the less likely they are to cheat. Surprisingly, and despite that obvious logic, there’s been some debate about whether watching people take online exams deters cheating. Now though, in what should be a breakthrough in managing remote learning and promoting academic integrity, research confirms the connection between remote exam proctoring and reduced cheating. ...

Translation earbuds are “a game changer” in ENL teaching and learning
... Timekettle WT2 Plus Translator Earbuds, a device that translates verbally and in writing what a teacher is saying in class and, in turn, what a student replies. ... the classroom teacher wears one earbud and the student wears the other. The technology is also attached to the student’s Chromebook. As the teacher speaks, the student hears the lesson in his or her language of choice. On the Chromebook, the text comes through in both English and the student’s specified language. There are 40 languages...


Online Invigilation at College: Benefits and Downsides
The idea of online exam invigilation has been gaining popularity in recent years as more and more colleges and universities are beginning to offer the option of remote examinations to students. There are many benefits to online invigilation, such as the fact that it allows students to take their exams in a more relaxed environment. However, there are also some downsides to online invigilation that should be considered before deciding whether or not this is the right option for your institution. ...

19 Interesting Research Projects For ESL Students
Project-based learning is an excellent means of acquiring and developing new language skills. Teachers of ESL students can use research projects to make lessons fun, interactive, and engaging. As such, interesting research projects can be used to practice the concepts that a teacher wishes to reinforce. Research projects for ESL students should be based on relevant topics that interest them. ...

Applying Andragogy In Instructional Design For eLearning
Adults have a different learning experience compared to children. This article explains andragogy and the six key adult learning principles. ...

The role of multimedia in online learning. Hint: It’s not all videos!
... In this post, we’ll explore when and how to use video, ideal video length, alternatives to video, the learner’s environment and give you some tips on video content, scripts and briefs. ....

Why Students Need To Take Breaks During Online Learning
Students need frequent breaks between classes, otherwise, it can be hard for them to stay focused and retain information. For this reason, many students have turned to online schooling and online education because they provide flexibility and allow the students to schedule classes at a time which works best for them. However, even in online classes, students need breaks. ...

7 Tips To Use LinkedIn For eLearning
... LinkedIn Learning for eLearning. This is good for those who want to improve their teaching skills and get a better experience in the learning field. Following some important strategies will give a more effective learning experience on LinkedIn. In this article, we will discuss the various tips for eLearning teams to use on LinkedIn. We will also discuss how to promote your eLearning profession more effectively on the LinkedIn site. ...

Professional Development

LearnIT2teach Annotated Bibliography New Resource: Lessons Learned During Covid-19: Towards Blended Learning and Teaching in LINC and ESL
A timely article examining the shift to online and blended learning in LINC and ESL as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. The article includes examples of blended tasks from the LINC curriculum and recommendations to enhance support for instructors in adopting a blended learning approach.

Teaching the pronunciation of vowels on Zoom
The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted many previously in-person ESL classes to online learning. Many of these online classes are taught synchronously using video conferencing software such as Zoom. The exclusive focus in this article is on teaching ESL classes using Zoom ...

TESL Toronto - T4T Call for Proposals
We are currently accepting session proposals for T4T (Technology for Teachers). This is an annual mini-conference connecting local ESL professionals from private schools, settlement services and colleges/universities to the latest education tools....


Language Instructor - The Learning Enrichment Foundation (GTA)
... the English Language Instructor is responsible for facilitating learning, creating effective learning environment and providing client-centered real-world task instruction, communicative programming that prepares clients for participation in Canadian society. ... Successful incumbent must complete online CCLB PBLA training and Stage 2 training within 3 months ... closing December 23, 2022

ESL Supply Instructor - Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
Instruct English as a Second Language according to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA). ... Classes will run face-to-face. .... Knowledge of MS Teams, Avenue and/or Onyx Learning Management Systems preferred

e-Resource Corner

Breaking News English
The lessons are free. There are 7 levels, from elementary to advanced. Lessons have up to 26 pages of printable activities / handouts. There is a new lesson twice a week. All lessons are based on stories currently in the news. There are 30+ online quizzes for each lesson. Listening files in British and North American English can be downloaded in mp3 format or subscribed to via a podcast.

Rewordify is powerful, free, online software that improves reading, learning, and teaching. This site can: Intelligently simplify difficult English, for faster comprehension;  Effectively teach words, for building a better vocabulary;  Help teachers save time and produce engaging lessons; ...


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