News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

December 22, 2021 - Issue #115

Best wishes for the Holiday Season and for 2022

Project News

The Language Companion, Artefact Collection and Avenue Solutions for Remote LINC Delivery
Created by the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA) with assistance from an Avenue/LearnIT2teach mentor, this Moodle-based module shares the ways LINC teams have been using Language Companions in digital contexts, Avenue solutions & various resources. …Look for the “Enroll for the free course here.” to access the course.

From Panicked to Professional – Learning Tech in LINC Today
Paul Carter, Avenue/LearnIT2teach mentor and Live help agent, shares some of his experiences and observations while working with LINC teachers during the Covid-19 in this enlightening blog.

The benefits of LINC blended learning #4. Our featured video for December is, “It Supports Personalized Learning and Learning Efficacy.”
Many settlement language training service providers are transitioning back to face to face instruction now that the pandemic is subsiding. Are you wondering if LINC blended learning is the best avenue for instruction (pun intended)? And, if it is the best, how so? ... This month we’re looking at the Introductory video and Webisode #4: It Supports Personalized Learning and Learning Efficacy.

LearnIT2teach Podcast Episode 33: TESL Basics for Language Volunteers: How the Course Works
What is TESL Basics for Language Volunteers (TBLV)? ... In this podcast Genevieve Spicer interviews Shabana Shahzad from the Centre for Newcomers in Calgary about how her agency has made TBLV work. Shabana describes the steps in getting started, and how the course is benefiting volunteers and the Centre.

Part 1 Learning Technology Leadership
A  new intake of this six-week course begins Saturday, January 22, 2022. More information is available here.

Web News

The Role Of Artificial Intelligence In Improving Education
Artificial intelligence (AI) has touched new heights in this century, and its impact can be felt in all parts of our life including education. ... The objective of artificial intelligence at large is to optimize routine processes by increasing efficiency. Here are a few ways in which AI is bringing a revolution in the education sector...

Why is Online Education Crucial for Success in the Tech Age
The world of online education is evolving at a rapid pace. With the tech age upon us, online education has become crucial to success in order to stay up-to-date with technology and trends. The following are the reasons online education is crucial for success in the tech age. ... It's Easier To Create A Network ...

Access to online college courses can speed students’ degree completion
Online courses are an increasingly important part of students’ college experience, but how does this impact what students glean from their college experience?  ... Overall, our study finds that ... Students who are given the opportunity to take classes online graduate more quickly compared to students in departments that offer fewer online courses. ...

The Psychology Of Voice Technology: Building A Better Voice Assistant For Everyone
...  Voice-first technology is a growing and essential component of our day-to-day lives. By 2024, it's estimated that consumers will use voice assistants on more than 8 billion devices. ... Inaccuracy and inconsistency of voice user interfaces (VUIs) continue to be an issue for many users, especially ... for those who speak English as a second language. ... So, what can be done to create a more inclusive VUI experience?...

What Is Web3 and Why Should You Care?
In recent months, you may have come across a phrase growing in popularity: Web3. You might be wondering what it is, what it will mean for the future, and how exactly the third-generation internet differs from the first two. ... People define it in a few different ways, but at its core is the idea of decentralization, which we’ve seen with cryptocurrencies (key drivers of Web3). ...


7 great free tools for improving your writing
It’s always a great time to become a better writer—and never more so than right now. Thanks to a generous assortment of free apps, sites, and tools, we wordsmiths have a modern-day treasure trove of resources at our fingertips. From grammar help to writing prompts to full-blown office suites, these no-cost tools can work wonders to improve your skills. ...

Why an LMS is a great tool for an EFL flipped classroom
 ... An LMS can make a smooth transition towards the flipped classroom model and will empower students to form their own ideas and methods of language learning. It can successfully turn a language class into a personal learning experience. Let’s see a few tips and tricks which could boost proficiency in all main language competences! ...

3 Ways Screenshots Improve Your Word Docs, PowerPoints, and Emails
I don’t know about you, but I’m so tired of reading Word Docs, PowerPoint slides, and emails with nothing breaking up giant walls of text. It’s nearly impossible to stay engaged and absorb the information. ... Not only can screenshots break up your content into more manageable bites, they help clarify key aspects and add a visual aspect to your documents that will help viewers better absorb and retain information. ...

Can Online Classrooms Mirror Traditional Spaces?
Many instructors were not ready for the immediate switch to online learning, resulting from the onset of COVID-19. There was no time to think deeply about the aspects of the traditional classroom that could be maintained in an online room. ... In this article, we will examine how aspects of the traditional classroom can be maintained in an online setting. Let us look at the three easiest things an instructor can do: ...

Learners' Problems Technology Can Solve
While advances in technology and digital communication have made it easier to deliver incredible content everywhere, it has also created a unique set of new challenges. In this article, we will discuss how these challenges affect students and learners, and how we can use technology to conquer them. ...

How robots can help kids learn English
California is still lagging in helping students become proficient in English ... This week, we look at how one district uses robotics to help speed up and deepen learning for long-term English learners. And we discuss a recent report on how California can do better to serve these students. ...

Professional Development

New Resources in the Annotated Bibliography: How to Manage Expectations in Online Classes and Pedagogical Lessons for Remote/Blended Online Classrooms
Both annotations this month come from TESL Ontario Contact magazine. You could think of them as bookends: One suggests how to meet learners’ expectations when planning a period of online teaching while the other describes research-based best practices to achieve learner satisfaction in online or blended learning.

Best Practices for Adult EAL and LINC Programming in Alberta
Best Practices for Adult EAL and LINC Programming in Alberta is composed of a series of statements of best practice, each supported by indicators that demonstrate that best practice. The statements of best practice are organized into 15 themes, including 4 inclusion themes. To facilitate implementation of the best practices, each theme also includes an annotated list of resources for further reading and professional development. ...

TESL Toronto T4T (Technology for Teachers) Call for Proposals!
TESL Toronto is currently accepting session proposals for T4T (Technology for Teachers). T4T is TESL Toronto’s annual mini-conference connecting local ESL professionals from private schools, settlement services and colleges/universities to the latest and greatest technology-enhanced teaching and learning tools. It will be held online on Zoom and Spatial VR on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm. We encourage you to submit your idea and share your expertise. ... This call will close on December 27, 2021.

TESL Ontario Webinar: Creating Assessments for
January 19, 2022 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm... This webinar will introduce you to the process of creating basic assessment tasks for teachers who may not be familiar with how to do so on Avenue or other similar Moodle platforms. It will cover the basics of the "Assignment" and "Quiz" activity types, and how they can be used for productive and receptive assessments in your LINC classes. ...


Courseware Writers (January 14, 2022 closing)
Achēv is seeking two (2) experienced Courseware Writers who will join a dispersed writing team from across Canada working on the National LINC Online Curriculum and Online PBLA Project in February 2022.

English as an Additional Language Online Teacher (posted December 16, 2021)
Atlantic Canada Language Academy (ACLA) is an accredited English Language School looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic EAL Teacher to join the team. ...

e-Resource Corner

ESL Literacy Readers
Funded by IRCC, this Bow Valley College website has a collection of forty theme-based readers, which are available in digital audio flip-books and downloadable PDFs. The site includes an instructor's guide offering ideas on how to use the readers in theme-based lessons for adult ESL literacy learners.

English Online - Realize
English Online offers free online interactive activities that can be accessed on without registration. ESL and Settlement practitioners can use these modules with learners. Our free online lessons are grouped based on the language level of a learner. You can go straight to your chosen category and start learning right away. It’s as easy as that.

Create an English Language Immersion Experience
The use of new technologies can help you create your own immersion experiences. Below are some details on how you can plan an English immersion program for yourself and carry it out in your own home.


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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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