News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

May 31, 2023 - Issue #131

Project News, An Informal Language Training Platform in Development
In early 2023, the Avenue-LearnIT2teach Project began development of an informal language training online platform for newcomers to Canada. The platform will begin piloting in September 2023. Conceptual work on this initiative had been ongoing for some years prior. The site will provide ...

A Survey on Technology Standards for Canadian Settlement Language Training
The Avenue-LearnIT2teach Project is reaching out to TESL professionals in the settlement language training sector for guidance: We invite you to join a conversation on sector learning technology standards. Please take a few minutes to fill out this online survey to help guide our work:
Some deeper background to put this initiative in context: ...

Request for Proposals: Better Practices in Blended and Online Teaching in LINC/CLIC and Adult Non-credit ESL/FLS
Do you have ideas on blended or remote teaching to share with your settlement language training peers? The Avenue-LearnIT2teach Project may be willing to support you ... If you have your own experiences and better practices to share, please use this form to submit a proposal:

Web News

Standardized tests are failing English language learner students, according to educators and academics
English Language Learners (ELL) are overrepresented among students who don’t meet Ontario’s provincial standards, the Education Quality Assurance Office (EQAO) 2021-2022 test results show. Educators and academics believe it’s the tests that need to be changed. ... According to educational experts, provincial tests set students up for failure because they do not account for cultural differences. Some have gone as far as calling for the tests to be eradicated. ...

The Amazing Ways Duolingo Is Using AI And GPT-4
Duolingo is a leading educational technology company specializing in app-based learning. It’s also a pioneer in the field of educational artificial intelligence (AI) and recently partnered with OpenAI in order to become one of the first to offer GPT-4 ... let’s take a look at some of the ways that it has used AI over the years, as well as some of its latest AI-powered services enabled by GPT-4. ...

Vocabulary.Com Releases Personalised Learning Product, Vocabtrainer, the leading educational destination for mastering words, has announced its newest personalized learning product, VocabTrainer. VocabTrainer uses’s award-winning adaptive engine, insights from billions of data points and gamified instruction, to help learners boost their word knowledge.

The ChatGPT-fueled battle for search is bigger than Microsoft or Google
In back-to-back announcements last week, Microsoft and Google staked out their respective claims to the future of search, showing off chatbots that can respond to queries with fluid sentences rather than lists of links. ... Although those giants will continue to dominate, for anyone looking for an alternative, search is set to become more crowded and varied. ...

ChatGPT vs. Bing AI: Which AI chatbot is better for you?
Wondering what the main differences are between these two popular AI chatbots? Here's how to choose the right one for your needs. ...


Using AI for Educational Apps: How Artificial Intelligence Levels The Playing Field For ESL Students
The ever-expanding field of AI integration in EdTech has presented a multitude of new opportunities to every level of the education sector. One of those areas is how it can help ESL (English as a Second Language) students thrive, even without complete mastery of the English language. Here, we explore three pieces of technology and investigate how they have helped ESL students. ...

Is Using Grammarly Cheating? Debunking Myths & Misconceptions
... this article will explore various perspectives on using Grammarly and its potential impacts on the education and professional sectors. By evaluating the benefits and drawbacks of the software, we aim to provide a comprehensive analysis of whether Grammarly’s use can be classified as cheating or if it is simply a valuable tool for those seeking to improve their writing skills. ...

Claned’s Glossary of Online Learning Jargon
Online learning is valuable in so many ways. The only catch? All. That. Jargon. How is an ‘LMS’ different from an ‘LXP’? Or, why are ‘hybrid learning’ and ‘blended learning’ two different things despite sounding so similar? If you find yourself drowning in questions like these, you’re not alone. ... But fret not! ... we’ve put together a handy online learning glossary to help you …

Designing eLearning Courses That Avoid Learner Overload
Imagine sitting down at a computer to complete an eLearning course and instantly becoming confused, overwhelmed, and frustrated with the amount of information that is being dumped on you at once. ... Here are the design guidelines or rules you need to follow to improve the learning experience and avoid overloading learners: ...

How is AI Transforming eLearning Beyond the Usual Suspects – Personalized and Language Learning?
Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a staple not only in cloud computing but in eLearning, too.... beyond the usual suspects of personalized learning and language learning, AI has a lot to offer in the eLearning industry. Let’s explore other areas where AI is revolutionizing eLearning. ...

Five Star Moodle Plugin: Real-Time Quiz
... Would you like to engage learners in the material you are presenting during a real-time online session? The Real-Time Quiz plugin for Moodle allows you to send out multiple-choice questions to participants. Designed as a formative assessment tool during a class, you set it up under ‘activities’ in Moodle. Note that the data the Real-Time quiz generates is not collected by the Moodle Gradebook. ....

Professional Development

New Resource in the Annotated Bibliography: The Affordances and Contradictions of AI-Generated Text for Second Language Writers
Scratching your head about the value of ChatGPT? This report suggests a teaching framework to help. The five-point framework begins with understand: why AI is beneficial, what it can and cannot do and how to use it. The report covers the functions you will find in the tool and the kinds of prompts that help navigate it.

Designing for users with dyslexia
Are you prioritising accessibility in your design? Let's make sure that no one is left behind in the pursuit of knowledge. By designing with dyslexia in mind, we create a more inclusive and accessible learning environment for ALL learners. Read our guide below to discover tips on designing for users with dyslexia. ...

Customizable ChatGPT AI Chatbots for Conversation Practice
By now nearly everyone has heard about the incredible advancements that artificial intelligence (AI) has made over the past few years in regards to understanding and processing human language and responding naturally. ... has the ability to mimic natural human language and is set to shake up multiple industries, including language education. It will likely change how we do everything from translation, lesson planning, activity content creation, to even grading. ...


Online ESL Teacher - Spring/Summer Courses
Little Star Learning Centre is in need of a dedicated English as a Second Language Teacher who can help support our growing team.

Online Tutor
Preply tutors teach 800,000+ students globally. Join us and you’ll have everything you need to teach successfully. ....

e-Resource Corner

How To Pronounce: Online Multilingual Pronunciation Dictionary is a free online audio pronunciation dictionary which helps anyone to learn the way a word or name is pronounced around the world by listening to its audio pronunciations by native speakers. Learn how to correctly say a word, name, place, drug, medical and scientific terminology or any other difficult word in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Swedish and other languages ...

Learn English Feel Good
Welcome to! We've been your source for high-quality, free resources for students and teachers of English since 2006. ... Whether your level is Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced, you'll find what you need to help you speak and write better English.


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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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