News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

February 28, 2023 - Issue #128

Project News

Coming Soon to Avenue

  • A newly designed web portal that will retain it's simple access for learners, but will give teachers access to Live help, support materials and all content from
  • Many new PBLA-compatible e-units from in a new Avenue catalogue of modules and e-units
  • A new automated coursebuilder enabling teachers to create custom courseware from the catalogue of modules and e-units
  • Improvements to the ePortfolio and artifact collection
  • Online assessments for many of the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks' PBLA modules.

Web News

Benefits and Credits for Newcomers to Canada
Available in multiple languages, this video(and transcript) from the Canada Revenue Agency introduces some of the services and benefits available to newcomers to Canada.

Why college students turned from being down on remote learning to mostly in favor of it
If you go back to the first days of the COVID crisis, when campuses across the country were shutting down, college students weren’t very happy with emergency online learning. Surveys conducted then showed deep dissatisfaction, with as many as 70 percent saying they didn’t like it. ... Today, 70 percent of college students give online and hybrid learning a thumbs-up. How did that happen? ...

ChatGPT just became the fastest-growing 'app' of all time
The AI ChatGPT has been a surprise sensation, even rattling Google due to its fast-rising popularity -- and now analysts at Swiss bank UBS think it is also the fastest-growing consumer app in history. UBS analysis estimates that ChatGPT had 100 million active users in January, following its launch two months ago in late November. It attracted one million users in just one week. ...

The best AI chatbots: ChatGPT and other interesting alternatives to try
AI chatbots and writers can help lighten your workload by writing emails and essays and even doing math. They use artificial intelligence to generate text or answer queries based on user input. ChatGPT is one popular example, but there are other noteworthy chatbots. ...

How to write an effective GPT-3 prompt
GPT-3 can tell bad jokes and write accidentally hilarious poems about your life, but it can also help you do your job better. The catch: you need to help it do its job better, too. At its most basic level, OpenAI's GPT-3 predicts text based on an input called a prompt. But to get the best results, you need to write a clear prompt with ample context. ...  these are my tips for writing an effective GPT-3 prompt. ...


Outsmart ChatGPT: 8 Tips for Creating Assignments It Can’t Do
Since the latest version of ChatGPT emerged late last year, educators have been puzzling over how to reconcile traditional writing instruction with tech that can churn out everything from essays to haikus ... That raises the question: Can educators remove students’ temptation to use ChatGPT and other so-called “large language models” to plagiarize by coming up with assignments that the ChatGPT won’t be able to handle? ...

Five ways teachers can integrate ChatGPT into their classrooms today
... ChatGPT can read, understand in context, and respond in a human-like way. As educators, we wonder what this means for teaching and learning ... education is about more than just the correct answers or perfect essays. Education is acquiring knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits. It is the process that matters more than the product. Calculators did not make math redundant, and the internet did not make schools obsolete. AI will create opportunities that were unimaginable a year ago. Here are five things classroom teachers can do with ChatGPT starting today: ...

What are the Most Popular Languages in 2022?
… The use of language apps soared during those first few months of isolation and the trend hasn’t stopped. What languages was everybody learning in 2022? It should go without saying that English topped the list of most-studied languages. …

The Use of AI Assistants In Learning
Summary: AI assistants in learning automate assessment creation, generate content, personalize learning, offer instant feedback, and track progress, making the learning process more efficient and effective.

Embrace the Bot: Designing Writing Assignments in the Face of AI
... After some reflection, I have come to believe that, in the long run, worrying about how students might use AI to cheat is not the most productive question to focus on. The better question is, even in the era of AI, how can we best teach our students? Below are three methods of designing writing assignments in the face of an AI incursion. ...

Professional Development

New in the Annotated Bibliography: How can blended learning English-as-a-second-language courses incorporate with cultural heritage, building, and sense of sustainable development goals?: A case study
A small scale study describing how incorporating elements of digitized cultural heritage and buildings in a blended ESL course in a community college in the U.S. contributed positively to student learning outcomes and learning satisfaction.

What is ChatGPT? OpenAI's Chat GPT Explained
This is another video explaining what ChatGPT is and why it getting so much attention.


TESL Career Centre
Welcome to the TESL Ontario Career Centre. This website provides career development resources specific to the English language education field in Canada. The site is designed to provide TESL educators with vital resources to facilitate search for employment, as well as the pursuit of career advancement in the TESL field..

e-Resource Corner

British vs American vs Canadian ENGLISH Differences!
English teachers Rachel and Bob join me today for this vocabulary and accent comparison [YouTube] video: US vs UK vs Canadian English words! 📝 GET THE FREE LESSON PDF here ...

Coco Material
Looking for the perfect illustration? Discover CocoMaterial, the Open Source hand-drawn illustration library with 2,589 images. Customize & download!


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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