News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

April 30, 2023 - Issue #130

Project News

BCTEAL Annual Conference (May 4-6, 2023)
Please stop by the Avenue team's exhibitor table at the BC TEAL conference to ask a question or to just say hello. We also hope to see you at one of our presentations:

  • An Informal Language Learning Open Resource Platform for Newcomers to Canada
  •  Consultation on Avenue Learning Technology Standards for Settlement Language Training (workshop)
  • Embedding on Avenue
  • Demystifying Stage 2 and 3 training
  • What’s New on Avenue?
  • Learning and Living in Digital Spaces: Issues of Digital Access and Equity
  • ChatGPT: Make It Your Assistant
  • Time to Reflect and Connect on AI Chat
  • Using Google Earth to Connect through Language, Land and Culture

Avenue Leadership Training, Part 1 (starting Sat. May 27th)
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 ...

Web News

ChatGPT is going to change education, not destroy it
The narrative around cheating students doesn’t tell the whole story. Meet the teachers who think generative AI could actually make learning better. ...

Calgary's population surge: New arrivals struggle while 110,000 more expected by 2027
... City estimates have Calgary growing by 62 new residents a day for the next several years, adding 110,000 people by 2027 — more than the population of Red Deer. ... Where will the new residents live and work? Will some of them end up homeless? How long will it take to get their professional credentials recognized? When, if ever, will the wait-lists ease for classes in English as a second language? Will all newcomers have to take unskilled, low-wage jobs to survive? And for how long? ...

How Much Can Duolingo Teach Us?
This New Yorker magazine article is about the Guatemalan computer scientist Luis von Ahn who invented Duo Lingo, which is now the most frequently downloaded education app in the world. Luis von Ahn believes that artificial intelligence is going to make computers better teachers than humans. ...

Artificial intelligence may end up helping students - academic
A university lecturer believes artificial intelligence has the potential to personalise learning and provide students with in-depth feedback. ... "It can give much more individualised feedback; it can take a lot of time to give feedback with 300 assignments to mark. ...

Q&A: What research says on teaching English learners to read
Low statewide reading scores have sparked many advocates to call for California to adopt a so-called structured literacy curriculum that emphasizes phonics and follows the science of reading. English learner advocates have raised concerns that districts may focus too much on phonics and other foundational skills and ignore other important skills that English learners need. So what does the research say about what English learners need when learning to read? ...


21 Shockingly Good Apps for ESL Teachers
Being an up-to-date ESL educator these days might mean using all the latest technology to make classroom learning more exciting for your students. Or it might mean teaching English entirely online from the comfort of your own home. With such steady change, keeping the attention of a student may seem difficult at times, but the best way to continue is to adapt with the change. You can use technology to your advantage by using the apps in this post ...

How to encourage student participation in online classrooms
There’s nothing more perplexing than posing a question to your class and returning to your online learning platform to find that no one engaged with it. Many students start with a tremendous desire to learn. But over time, they lose focus and motivation to be engaged in the class. ...  In the following article, we’ve also highlighted some helpful features in Moodle LMS to bolster further participation. ...

Tips to improve your English before and after moving to Canada
English is a second language for many newcomers, and communicating in a non-native tongue can be scary. ... not having at least moderate proficiency in English may disrupt your chances of finding employment, getting an education, or even doing day-to-day tasks. ... For this article, we asked Media Hajinia, a former English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Canada, to share tips and resources for newcomers who’re working on their English language skills. ...

11 Tips to Take Your ChatGPT Prompts to the Next Level
ChatGPT and tools like it have made AI available to the masses. We can now get all sorts of responses back on almost any topic imaginable. These bots can come up with sonnets, code, philosophy, and more. However, while you can just type anything you like into ChatGPT and get it to understand you, there are ways of getting more interesting and useful results out of the bot. This “prompt engineering” is becoming a specialized skill of its own.

7 apps for English learning that you must check!
Are you anxious when speaking in English and wish you had more confidence and fluency? If so, there are several apps available for English language learning that can help improve your grammar, idioms, proverbs, spoken English, fluency, translation, and overall communication skills in English.…

5 Playful Strategies That Reduce Language Learning Anxiety
We visited a classroom in Denmark to see how a playful learning philosophy can put students at ease and make language learning joyful and engaging. ...

Professional Development

LearnIT2teach Annotated Bibliography New Resource: Emerging technologies and language learning: mining the past to transform the future
This article by Dr. Phil Hubbard, the first guest author on the Avenue Journal Club, is a personal reflection and resonant discussion of the lessons he has learned and the insights he has gained over four decades of teaching and research in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). The article includes a set of guiding principles for the use of technology in language teaching and learning.

All Avenue teachers and administrators are invited to participate in the Avenue Journal Club. We'll post a new article to read and discuss on the first Monday of the month. You can self-enroll in the Avenue Journal Club. Click this link and login to Avenue. The enrollment key is praxis. Please join the discussion as we look at the future of blended learning in LINC.

Tips for creating accessible digital learning Part 1
There is a lot to consider when designing for accessibility. Read our guide below to discover tips on how to create accessible digital learning. ....

Tips for creating accessible digital learning Part 2
There is a lot to consider when designing for accessibility. Read our guide below to discover tips on how to create accessible digital learning. ...


Instructor – Distance Education Ontario (Casual Remote Role)
Duties: ... Manage 8 to 20 [LINC Home Study] students based on program need and Supervisor’s discretion, on a continuous intake basis for those with Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) skills 2-8 ...

Online English Teacher
Lingoda helps people achieve their language learning goals by offering flexible, high-quality courses online 24/7 and taught by native-level teachers worldwide. Whereas other language learning platforms teach with apps and gamified techniques, we teach a CEFR-aligned curriculum in live classes and with certified teachers. ...

e-Resource Corner

And Sometimes Y
This CBC Radio series, And Sometimes Y, tackles big questions facing the English language -- spelling, grammar, taboo words, definitions and meaning. All this and a few pointless word games. And Sometimes Y is available as a podcast.

AlphaPlus - Open educational resources and instructional materials
Your search for free, reproducible and modifiable workbooks, lessons, activities, modules, slide sets, and even courses ends here! With the guidance of a working group of educators from Ontario adult literacy programs, we've curated a collection of always free and reproducible and mostly open, quality instructional materials ...


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