News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

February 29, 2024 - Issue #139

Project News

Live Help Hours
The hours for Live Help desk have been extended from 9 AM to 8 PM ET Monday to Friday and Saturday 9 to 12 AM ET.

Avenue Portal Update
A portal update is coming soon that will enable teachers to send custom “welcome” emails to their course participants. Improvements to funder reporting will be included in this update.

New in February, 2024: Participants starting the LearnIT2teach Training now enter the Avenue Instructor Bootcamp course, not Stage 1.
The Bootcamp requires 3-4 hours to complete. After completing this course, LINC teachers can facilitate courses in the Instructor (non-editing) role or continue to the Stage 2 training.

New in February, 2024: Participants completing the Bootcamp course progress to the Transition to LearnIT2teach Stage 2, not Pre-Stage 2.
The one-hour Transition to LearnIT2teach Stage 2 course prepares teachers for Stage 2 and the editing teacher role.

Web News

ConverSolo to Provide AI Language Learning Tools to Quebec Colleges and University
Artificial Intelligence is making its way into North American institutions of higher learning. ConverSolo Inc., the AI language learning software company, reports that it has been contracted by ... Quebec-based institutions, to develop AI-powered learning materials through ... conversational robots …

Turnitin AI Checker
The Turnitin AI checker is an advanced tool aimed at maintaining the integrity of school work in a time when artificial intelligence (AI) tools like ChatGPT are popular. This tool helps teachers find out if a student’s work was written by an AI or a person. …

Study: More newcomers are choosing to stay in Atlantic Canada
Statistics Canada has released data on provincial retention rates for newcomers both one year and five years after they arrive in Canada. Overall, the report found that immigrant retention rates were on the rise in Atlantic Canada while retention rates in the prairie provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba showed a decline. …

Got beef with an NPC? Study finds English-learners in the UK want teachers to explain slang
… A survey of 505 English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers in the UK, who work with Gen Z students aged 12 through mid-20s, found that 71% of overseas students want teachers to explain English slang terms they’ve seen on social media or TV …

Microsoft invested billions in OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT and Dall-E
Microsoft ... announced that it’s investing billions of dollars into the hot artificial intelligence platform OpenAI ... and cements Microsoft’s partnership with one of the most exciting companies making one the most exciting technologies today: generative AI. ...

Campaign to crack down on fake immigration lawyers aims to protect newcomers from 'scam artists'
Newcomers to Canada often turn to lawyers to help them navigate the ins and outs of the immigration system. But increasingly, in Montreal, people posing as immigration lawyers are taking advantage of immigrants and refugees, which can cause serious problems. The Montreal Bar is investigating …


How to Make Your Class Less Stressful for English Language Learners
When thinking about a trauma-informed approach, restorative and mindfulness practices usually come to mind. ... a nurturing classroom climate not only can increase students’ sense of safety and belonging in the classroom, but eventually can support their academic growth.

Smartphones can be a “Smart” Helper in the Classroom
At first glance, smartphones may seem like the ultimate language roadblock for ESL learners. The alluring prospect of effortlessly translating any text with a simple tap can lead to a habit of overreliance, hindering genuine language absorption. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. When approached with a strategic mindset ...

ChatGPT Prompting the Basics
... Attempts at generating resources with a generative chat tool do not always result in usable content because instructors often give up after a few prompts. ... In this post, I offer guidance for language educators trying to create content for instructional purposes through prompting generative chat tools.

Five AI Tools to Learn Languages the Easy Way
… Al advancements are significantly affecting language learning. Al has made learning a foreign language way more effective than it used to be, mostly because of the personalised experience it offers to the learners…. Let's take a look at some fantastic Al-powered tools that can help you master languages….

Mix It Up: 3 Ways to Keep Your Learners Interested
In the age of TikTok and ChatGPT, keeping learners engaged in their online training is more challenging than ever. … Instructional designers can follow these three tips to drive engagement, reinforce key topics, and motivate their learners to cross the finish line: …

Did You Get This? 14 Unprofessional Email Mistakes I’d Avoid at All Costs
To be fair, this isn’t anyone’s fault. As a society, we simply don’t teach email etiquette or retrain professionals as standards change. ... I’ve compiled the top mistakes people make in business emails with 14 examples of unprofessional emails for you to learn from. ...

Professional Development

New in the Annotated Bibliography: Agora World: A Glimpse into the Future of Technology in Language Teaching and Learning. An accessible article providing a review of the Agora World platform which enables users to build immersive language learning experiences in which language learners can engage in meaningful tasks and activities The article includes an outline discussion of the potential of virtual reality (VR) to transform language learning.

The 12 Rules Of Effective Instructional Technology Coaching Infographic
Instructional Technology Coaching (ITC) is a prevalent method of deploying on-going professional development for teachers, ... These courses generate no small amount of eye-rolling from teachers, who typically bemoan its top-down style where trainers train trainers. Naturally, as an ITC coach, teachers will expect you to have fresh and different ideas on instruction. Here are some tips to help you keep coaching relevant, interesting and even fun.


English Online Teacher
This is an opportunity to teach the British Council’s flagship 100% online learning product for Adults – English Online…. At present, we are only accepting applications from individuals who currently reside in the UK, Canada, India …

Adult ESL/LINC Instructors – Toronto Catholic District School Board
The Adult Education Program of the Toronto Catholic District School Board is seeking to increase its pool of language instructors. Approved candidates will be added to the supply list and will be eligible to apply for internal postings as they become available. … Experience using LINC and ESL software (Avenue) an asset …

The Global Demand for English Teachers: How to Get Started
With global demand for English teachers on the rise, driven mainly by the influence of English as the lingua franca of business and English-speaking popular culture, there are vast opportunities for people with TEFL certification. One of the foremost factors that drives the demand for English teachers is the globalisation of the economic landscape.

e-Resource Corner

5 challenges newcomers face in Canada and how to deal with them
... Upon arrival, newcomers must settle into their new homes and may experience some challenges adjusting to Canada and their new lives in the country. This article will outline common challenges many newcomers face when settling in Canada and provide some information and advice on how to overcome these challenges. …

The best way to learn English online: Your gateway to language mastery
… Online English courses allow learners to study independently, fitting lessons around their personal and professional lives. Online English courses are the cornerstone of language learning in the digital age. …

New Beginnings: Helpful Advice for Landing Your First Job in Canada
Are you a newcomer to Canada keen to begin a new career in this welcoming and exciting country? Now is the time to start your job search with confidence. With helpful guidance and a positive approach, you can make the journey to employment more productive and boost your chances of success. Simply follow these helpful tips to kickstart your job search. …


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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 Avenue - LearnIT2teach News is researched and compiled by Jim Edgar