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September 30, 2022 - Issue #123

Remembering Victims of Residential Schools:
Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. ...

Project News

ATESL and TESL Ontario Annual Conferences
The ATESL and TESL Ontario annual conferences will offer a number of different presentations related to Avenue and technology-enhanced language learning (TELL). If you're attending either conference, we hope you will attend some of these sessions to learn about and share your experiences with Avenue or TELL.

Coming Soon to Avenue: An English Pronunciation Course
The Avenue team is completing the development of an English pronunciation course aimed at helping learners overcome problems in their perception and production of English speech sounds. The modules provide several learning opportunities and assessments. Potential users of the course are learners with different CLB levels, L1, education, and experiences with ESL. A training module has been developed to help instructors become familiar with the theoretical concepts and how to use the course. The developers will be delivering a webinar about this course in October after which we will be looking for teachers to pilot this resource.

Help Videos for Literacy Learners
In case you missed this announcement in the June newsletter, fifteen videos for literacy and beginner learners using Avenue can now be accessed in courses via the Courseware Help block. Click here to preview the videos. Literacy, CLB 1 and CLB 2 teachers can add a beginner help block (video-only) by following the instructions in this file. Teachers can contact their the mentor or Live help for assistance.

Web News

Newcomers To Canada Are Eligible For So Many Free Services & It's Not Hard To Sign Up
Moving countries can be scary and if you're a newcomer to Canada, you'll probably know just how hard it is to start from scratch. … To help you out, the government, as well as some private organizations, actually have a lot of benefits for those moving to Canada. So, if you've just landed, try not to get overwhelmed! Here's where you can go if you need help settling in: ...

A.I. Is Making It Easier Than Ever for Students to Cheat
Look out, educators. You’re about to confront a pernicious new challenge that is spreading, kudzu-like, into your student writing assignments: papers augmented with artificial intelligence. The first online article generator debuted in 2005. Now, A.I.-generated text can now be found in novels, fake news articles and real news articles, marketing campaigns, and dozens of other written products. The tech is either free or cheap to use, which places it in the hands of anyone. ...

Online Language Learning Market Worth $31.81 Billion by 2029
According to a new market research report titled, 'Online Language Learning Market By Learning Mode (Self-learning Apps and Applications, Tutoring), Age Group (<18 Years, 18-20 years, 21-30 years), Language (English, French, Spanish), End User – Global Forecast to 2029,' the market is projected to reach $31.81 billion by 2029 from an estimated $8.73 billion in 2022, at a CAGR of 20.3% from 2022 to 2029. ...


A Digital Digest: Using ePortfolio Assessments In The 21st-Century English Classroom
In English classrooms across the nation, more teachers are depending on alternative and authentic forms of assessment to understand the capabilities of their students. Portfolio assessment is becoming a popular option, but does it work, and can it be tailored to an eLearning environment? ...

Repurpose, reuse, recycle or customize H5P learning objects
Whatever you want to call it, the ability to repurpose an existing learning object saving, time, energy and money. The H5P Reuse feature allows educational developers to create more content with efficiency while adhering to institutional styles. It allows educators and developers the ability to build upon an existing H5P learning object. ...

Tips For Teaching ESL Students Reading And Writing Virtually
Virtual learning can be challenging for some students. ESL students are just a few of those students that may face challenges when learning virtually. Here are a few ways teachers can aide their ESL students in a virtual classroom.

The Advantages of Language Learning Apps
What makes a language app effective? What features make it popular with users? How do you ensure its value to your business? Read on to learn more about the benefits of language learning apps. Despite the many benefits of these apps, some users find them frustrating. To overcome this issue, you should make your app fun and interactive. ...

Top 10 Companies In English Language Learning market
The growth of English Language Learning market is mainly attributed to the integration of artificial intelligence in e-learning, the rising importance of the English language for business and professional reasons, an increase in the investments for English language learning start-ups and small companies, and the minimal cost of English language learning applications. However, data security & privacy concerns are expected to hinder the growth of the English language learning market marginally. Here are the top 10 companies operating in this market.. ...

How to Create a Sense of Community in Hybrid Learning
This fall, thousands of college students will return to campus for the most “normal” semester in years, as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes ...But it’s become clear in survey after survey over the past two years that students don’t want a return to the old ways of doing things. ... If hybrid learning is what students want, it means flexibility is at the core of what they’re after. …

Professional Development

New Resources in the Annotated Bibliography: Emerging Technologies and Research Designs in Technology Enhanced Language Learning: An Interview with Mark Pegrum
Catch up with a well-known voice in language learning in an interview with Mark Pegrum. It covers the state of current research, teachers’ rising to the challenge of using technologies they can access and an analysis of many digital frameworks that are now available. One of the topics Pegrum has written about recently is digital distraction. The reference section of the interview provides links to additional reading.

Tips For Foreign Language Learners With Dyslexia
Learning a foreign language can be challenging for anyone. It’s even more challenging for people with dyslexia, since it’s already difficult for them to learn to read and write in their mother tongue, let alone a foreign language. ... Day one of learning should involve listening so that dyslexic learners can get a taste of the foreign language. They can use text-to-speech tools. It’s very helpful. As they listen to the new tongue beforehand, comprehending it, and eventually speaking it, can come later. …

Basic Text to Speech (TTS)
A text-to-speech Tool reads digital text to users. Text-to-speech (TTS) converts text on a screen into speech, similar to an on-the-go audio book. These programs allow people with reading disabilities to listen to written words (such as books, newspapers articles, textbooks) on a variety of devices. ...


Instructor - LINC Home Study Canada
LINC Home Study provides a self-paced distance language training program for immigrants to Canada who are unable to attend classes in person. ... Manage 8 to 20 students ... on a continuous intake basis for those with Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) skills 2-8 ... Current TESL Canada or TESL Ontario certification • Minimum 2 years’ experience teaching LINC/ESL

e-Resource Corner

Cram is a website dedicated to learning with flashcards. Users can create their own set of flashcards or use ready-made ones from its vast library.

In 2008, Forvo was founded with the mission of improving spoken communication across cultures by creating a platform where users could share pronunciations of words in their native language and listen to words pronounced by other native speakers. Today, Forvo is the largest online reference for pronunciations with a database of nearly 6 million words pronounced in over 430 languages – all created and maintained by native speakers. ...


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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