News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

June 28, 2023 - Issue #132

Project News

New Podcast: Tutela and Avenue - An interview with Diane Ramanathan
This podcast is an interview with Diane Ramanathan, the Community Coordinator for Interviewed by Avenue-LearnIT2teach mentor/developer Paul Carter, Diane explains what LINC teachers and Avenue users can find on Tutela, how the resources are organized and classified, what the Collections are, and professional development opportunities available on the site. Diane also shares information about the connection between Tutela and Avenue...

Avenue Leadership Training, Part 1 (starting Sat. Sept 23)
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 …

The benefits of LINC blended learning video series
In 2017-18 an Avenue-LearnIT2teach Project evaluation team undertook a demonstration research project at a LINC program in Burnaby B.C. They looked into the impacts of blended learning. The report was released in 2019. The evaluators identified multiple benefits of LINC blended learning. We’ve distilled the results into nine videos and taken a dive on them with expert LINC learning technologists.

Missed a webinar? PD over the Summer break?
More than 60 webinars have been delivered as part of the Avenue-LearnIT2teach project since September 2020. All have been archived on our webinar archive. That archive is available here on the Avenue portal …

Web News

Students switch to AI to learn languages
I tell my Argentinian pal that I've been using ChatGPT to practise my Spanish and, excitedly, I explain what it can do. It can correct my errors, I tell him, and it's able to give me regional variations in Spanish… And, unlike when I'm chatting to him on WhatsApp, I don't have to factor in time zone differences. My friend is less enthused. "So you've replaced me?" he jokes. …

Three things you need to know about the Future of English
Roughly 2.3 billion people speak English as a first or additional language, but with the rise of AI and the increasing market share of other languages, what lies ahead for the world’s most spoken language? …

Meta’s new AI models can recognize and produce speech for more than 1,000 languages
Roughly 2.3 billion people speak English as a first or additional language, but with the rise of AI and the increasing market share of other languages, what lies ahead for the world’s most spoken language? … There are around 7,000 languages in the world, but existing speech recognition models cover only about 100 of them …

Duolingo Is An App For Language-Learning, So Why Is It Plagued With Cheaters?
… Even if you aren’t one of Duolingo’s users, you are almost certainly familiar with its existence, or at the very least with its ubiquitous, vaguely threatening green owl mascot, which has over 6 million followers on TikTok. The app is tremendously popular, boasting 500 million learners …

Microsoft reveals the A.I. skills that will be ‘crucial’ to landing any job in the future
… According to Microsoft’s Work Trend Index released on Tuesday, the labor force needs to start working on their A.I. skills immediately or risk being left behind. … With the nature of work expected to shift … business leaders were asked which skills would be increasingly critical in the A.I. age. …

Using ChatGPT-4 to Facilitate Multilingual Interactions
In today’s increasingly globalized world, the ability to communicate effectively across language barriers is more important than ever. With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) technologies, we are witnessing a revolution in the way we interact with one another, transcending linguistic and cultural boundaries. One such technology that has the potential to facilitate seamless multilingual communication is ChatGPT-4


How To Use ChatGPT For Learning English?
Many different sources scream that ChatGPT will boost language learning to the skies. However, it is not that simple. This article will shed light on how to use ChatGPT for learning English and why learners still need certified teachers to master the language even with such an AI chatbot around.

Five Essential Practices for More Accessible Digital Content
… In this article, I share five essential practices that enable you to create more accessible digital content, starting today! These practices can be seamlessly integrated into your design process without adding unnecessary work, and will enhance the learning experience for everyone. …

Best Practices For Designing An Effective eLearning Module
Learning modules are a great way to deliver training on almost any topic at scale. But what are the best practices for designing and deploying effective eLearning modules?

10 Tips for Effective Virtual Education: Enhancing Learning in the Digital Realm
… In this blog post, we will explore ten tips for maximizing the effectiveness of virtual education, promoting engagement, interaction, and knowledge retention. …

Online And In-Person Education: Find The Perfect Balance
The Covid-19 era pushed a lot of institutions into 100% e-learning. So, how do you find a balance between online and in-person education?

Games and Gamification in Moodle
Gamification in Moodle is one of the most effective ways to engage and motivate learners by using game mechanics and games. … The Moodle Games Plugin allows you to utilize glossaries, short answer questions, multiple choice questions, and true/false questions to quiz learners …

Professional Development

LearnIT2teach Annotated Bibliography New Resource: Affective Support for Self-Regulation in Mobile-Assisted Language Learning
An article examining the importance of positive affect in self-regulated learning in Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL) and proposing a learning design framework to enable learner self-regulation and to support instructors in providing critical support to language learners in MALL.

Artificial intelligence - opportunities and challenges
Watch the recording of this British Council webinar by Nik Peachey about how teacher educators can help teachers face the challenges and embrace the opportunities of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and language learning.

Teaching English Online: A Guide
Learn effective strategies, tools, and techniques to enhance your online English teaching skills and achieve success in the virtual classroom.

Create a Course Using ChatGPT - A Guide to AI Course Design
Learn how to create an online course, design curricula, and produce marketing copies using ChatGPT in simple steps with this guide.


Online English Tutor
We are looking for online English tutors to teach students and adults, mainly in Korea and Japan. You will be creating interactive lesson plans and teaching students from different backgrounds.

Online English Tutor
Our tutors arrange their own schedules. You can work as little or as much as you want. On English Ninjas, you will get to connect with students from all over the world. You will have the opportunity to converse about anything from world news to fashion, explore different cultures and languages, make new friends and even exchange recipes if you want!


e-Resource Corner

Hospital English
Hospital English contains free teaching materials for medical English vocabulary, English conversations in the hospital, and lesson plans based around various medical procedures. There are a variety of other resources on the site: vocabulary builders, patient counseling activities, disease state directors, healthcare professional articles, medical flashcards, hospital lesson plans, ESP worksheets, and more to come!

Use VOICE to communicate with ChatGPT-Simple Trick
The ChatGPT Voice plugin is a helpful tool for students to practice speaking English with ChatGPT It provides an interactive and engaging way for students to improve their spoken English skills. You can both speak to ChatGPT and also listen to the answers. It will also write the answer so that you can listen and read at the same time. In this video, you will see an example of how I use ChatGPT to speak in English and practice and develop my fluency.


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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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