News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

April 29, 2022 - Issue #119

Project News

eSkills: Ready for Piloting
RRC Polytech has migrated their eSkills digital literacy course to Avenue. eSkills is comprised of five five-hour lessons for CLB 3-8. Topics include professional usernames, secure passwords, protecting online ID, browser basics and advertisements versus content. If you’re interested in piloting a lesson (or two) in May, please email eSkills will be available to the wider Avenue community on June 1.

"Introducing eSkills" Webinar
Join Sherry Seymour, an eSkills developer, for a webinar on the eSkills course on May 19. Click here for more information and to register for this session.

Canadian Citizenship Test Preparation Course
A fully online CLB 5+ 100-120 hour reading course based on the Discover Canada Study Guide is available on Avenue. Contact your mentor to preview or request this course.

Orientation to Avenue
Vancouver Community College's Orientation to Avenue courses for CLB 3, CLB 4 and CLB 5 will be available June 1. Check the May newsletter or watch for postings in the Avenue Teachers' forum for more information.

Web News

Our Favorite Language Learning Apps (and a Pocket Translator)
Hola, bonjour, konnichiwa, as-salamu alaykum, and hello! Whatever language you are trying to pick up, a learning app can help you build your vocabulary and improve your understanding of a country’s culture and manners. I've tested several apps and courses in my effort to learn Spanish, and while the quality might vary depending on the language you pick, these are my favorites. ...

Flexibility of virtual learning prompts some post-secondary students to pursue more online studies
Most Canadian post-secondary students experienced virtual learning of some sort during the pandemic. Although many were not fans, its greater flexibility and accessibility is prompting some students to seek out virtual classes and forcing universities to rethink how they structure online degrees ...

Are you bad at texting? Here are the new rules for 2022.
... Agreed-upon rules for how to text appropriately have imploded amid a global pandemic, the proliferation of social media apps and the breakdown of work-life boundaries. ... Wondering what texting wisdom has survived the past few years? Here’s what the experts told us. ...

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK: 87-year-old volunteer a blessing to Immigrant Welcome Centre
For Darien Duck, the Comox Valley felt like home long before she moved here from Ottawa. ... Now Duck, 87, helps people new to the community and Canada make this their home, too. She is a volunteer with The Immigrant Welcome Centre’s English language program, LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada). ...

Intel calls its AI that detects student emotions a teaching tool. Others call it 'morally reprehensible.'
...  Intel and Classroom Technologies, which sells virtual school software called Class, ... have partnered to integrate an AI-based technology ... which runs on top of Zoom. Intel claims its system can detect whether students are bored, distracted or confused by assessing their facial expressions and how they’re interacting with educational content. ...


Why Blended Learning Is an Ideal Way to Approach IELTS Training
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a crucial examination for anyone wanting to live, study or work in an English-speaking country. ... many students are anxious to know the ideal way to prepare for IELTS ... Here we look at one approach to IELTS training in detail: blended learning. This has lots of advantages, particularly for those who cannot study IELTS full-time. ...

9 Steps For Creating Accessible eLearning Courses
Online training can be a great way to give everyone in your organization the chance to grow. But for one out of four employees living with a disability, participating in eLearning can be difficult. Here are 9 steps for building accessible learning that’s inclusive of everyone. ...

How Are eLearning Solutions Becoming Better With AI Paper Graders?
eLearning solutions have become better at paper grading because they can now check the handwritten assignments of students much better than human assessors. ... AI is being used as a substitute for teachers when it comes to assessing examination answer sheets because: ...

What Is Second Language Anxiety And How Does It Affect Language Learners?
I have worked with many clients who were anxious about the way they spoke English. They feared speaking English at work and were ashamed of their pronunciation. ... In my first article for Brainz, I will outline what Second Language Anxiety is and give three examples of anxiety in language learning with suggestions for dealing with each. . ...

Training with Two Audiences: How to Handle the Hybrid Classroom
... The following considerations and leading practices assume a common scenario in which a group of learners and the trainer/facilitator are gathered together in-person, while another group of learners are attending the same session remotely. Somewhat different considerations would be needed if the trainer/facilitator is also remote. ...

Teaching With Word Games Beyond Wordle
... Wordle’s popularity has led many teachers to incorporate it into the classroom. And as much as we love Wordle and how educators are using it to teach, it’s not the only word game that provides learning opportunities. Wordle has been a good reminder for educators about how spelling and playing with words can be fun,. ...

Professional Development

LearnIT2teach Annotated Bibliography New Resource: Inclusive online course design: Lessons from a pandemic
This article describes the planning and process of adapting an in-person ESL foundation program to an inclusive virtual learning environment. The program was based on clear set of design principles and students reported their satisfaction with the online learning experience and level of support and engagement they experienced throughout. ...

Thriving Online: A Guide for Busy Educators 
...  focuses on helping educators (secondary school and higher education level) succeed and thrive in blended and online learning settings. Grounded in evidence-based practices and principles, we share diverse and extensive insights on starting out, differentiated learning, learning activities, feedback and assessment, and useful tools. Each chapter includes a subject overview, guidelines, activities or tools, and general resources....

Incorporating Infographics in World Language Classes
 ... Infographics offer bite-sized pieces of information with visual supports in place. Unlike stories or articles, an infographic typically breaks up bits of information and includes titles, keywords, and images. This is especially useful for novice language learners. Reading an infographic allows students to comprehend the main idea and some supporting details without overwhelming them with excess information, and to explore new vocabulary and reinforce what they already know ... 


Online English Teacher
Whales English - Become a mentor for your Chinese students with our unique group class models. ...

Online English Teacher
Xueersi Online School provides one to many online live lessons to students aged from 3-16. We have advanced teaching equipment and curriculum groups to develop amazing learning experience for our students.

6 Tips To Strike A Work-Life Balance When Working From Home
...  Although remote working offers employees a great deal of flexibility, it can also create pressure and an unhealthy work-life balance. ... In this article, we help you discover ways to achieve a balanced life and improve your well-being. ...

e-Resource Corner

Spello is a Wordle-like game designed to help students with their spelling skills. New words can be set up and the links posted or sent to learners.

Teaching Utopians
Clicking the large "Practice Reading", "Practice Grammar" or "Practice Speaking" buttons displays links to various practice activities.


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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About  Avenue - LearnIT2teach
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