News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

December 22, 2023 - Issue #137

Best wishes for the Holiday Season and for 2024!

Project News

IRCC Proposal Season & We Have Support to Offer
Avenue usage reports are coming to attach to SPO proposals to IRCC. The Avenue – LearnIT2teach Project is getting a number of requests for support letters from frontline LINC and CLIC agencies. We value our clients and want to support service providers that have already integrated in their local teaching ...

Please Respond to our Avenue Client Survey
As part of a strategic review of all our services and activities, we are conducting a survey of teachers and administrators who use in their language training programs. Please help the Avenue team engage with constant improvement by completing this short survey. Any input you can offer will inform our work on your behalf. We’ll be closing the survey to responses on January 15 2024.

Web News

Newcomers to Canada are more susceptible to mental health struggles: Study
A study looking into the mental health of newcomers to Canada found they are more likely to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. The study was conducted by Mental Health Research Canada, with a focus on demographics, mental health, service accessibility, and financial concerns. …

Immigrant seniors lonelier than those born in Canada but research lacking: StatCan
Statistics Canada released the findings of a survey … showing older people who immigrated to Canada as adults were more likely to experience loneliness than those who were born here. It said loneliness has become an important concern because of its effect on health, including disability and frailty, as well as mental health issues. …

Newcomers to Canada discover and share holiday spirit at Calgary education centre
Santa was on-hand delivering gifts and good cheer at The Immigration Education Society (TIES) in on Friday. For many of the English language students in attendance, this will be their first Christmas on Canadian soil. … With more than 1,150 clients enrolled in the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program … Right now, there are over 1,500 people waiting to get into the LINC program at TIES. …

Supporting Newcomers with Connection and Learning
Much work is underway across the [Burnaby] District to support children and their families who are new to Canada. ... Alongside attending IPALS, many parents are also learning English in the District’s Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. IPALS provides an additional opportunity for families to support one another in friendship, building a stronger sense of community as they settle in Canada. ...

Syrian immigrant plants his own little paradise in western Quebec
At the age of 45, far from his birthplace in Syria, Fater Youssef doesn't often slow down to consider the road he's taken since his arrival to Canada 12 years ago. Despite a difficult growing season, the owner of Croque Pomme is going all out to collect his harvest of ripe apples. …

Ukrainian immigrant touched by outpouring of support in her quest to speak fluent English
As a recent Ukrainian immigrant to Newfoundland and Labrador, Alexandra Dubova is eager to improve her English. But she isn't going about it the traditional way. Instead of hiring a tutor or taking lessons online, Dubova asked people on Facebook if they'd be interested in going on a walk. "Oh, it was amazing," said Dubova, who moved to the province from Odesa around three months ago with her husband and dog. "It was unexpected and it was great. I had one week of a hard job to answer everyone." …


How different languages laugh online
What’s the difference between haha and jaja? What about kkkk or hhhh? It’s a trick question: They mean the same thing. They’re all ways to express laughter, as interpreted by different cultures in different languages. In person, laughter is universal. … But it isn’t quite as simple when it comes to writing it down, especially in the era of social media and messaging apps.

Incorporating technology in Language Education: Enhancing Learning Experiences
Before we delve into the topic, let’s first think about how students interact with the world nowadays. Tik tok videos. YouTube. YouTuber shorts. Snapchat. Instagram. … Contrary to popular opinions, these apps also require collaboration, as they create communities, …

Creating Training Modules With AI: Top Ideas And Tools To Help You Get Started
Is there anything you cannot do with AI at this point? The technology seems so powerful that it's tempting to try it out in more and more scenarios. One such scenario is training content creation. With AI, you can save tons of time, personalize training modules to cater to learners' needs, and make them more accessible to diverse audiences. …

Can technology narrow the equity gap in language education?
Technology is changing the way that we approach education. Increased globalisation and digitalisation mean the world is more connected now than ever before. This has had a specific impact on language learning, especially English language learning, and is among the eight areas of interest unpacked by British Council in The Future of English: Global Perspectives.

AI in Education: Reimagining the Role of Teachers
Artificial intelligence (AI) enabled tools are becoming mainstream in the education domain – with both teachers and students exploring its capabilities with equal interest. Most of the conversations have been around how students may tend to learn less by using AI tools … Of equal significance is also about teachers – exploring their evolving roles, how pedagogy will change, and how teachers will adapt in the classroom. …

Professional Development

New in the Annotated Bibliography: Learning processes in interactive CALL systems: Linking automatic feedback, system logs, and learning outcomes.
An article providing a description of and findings from a research project demonstrating how computer system logs can be used to better understand language learning processes and the association of those processes with learning conditions and outcomes.

Writing responsibly: how to use reflective practices to navigate ChatGPT
One positive effect of using reflective writing in my classes is that the use of generative AI is low. Reflective writing forces students to think and demonstrate individuality under specific circumstances, which is difficult to replicate using AI transformers such as ChatGPT. …

The Future of English: Global Perspectives
What lies ahead for the world's most spoken language? … How we learn and speak English is evolving, with significant implications for educational institutions, government agencies, NGOs and policy makers. Learn about these findings and more in our [free] book. …

e-Resource Corner

Rewordify is powerful, free, online software that improves reading, learning, and teaching. This site can:- Intelligently simplify difficult English, for faster comprehension …

Unite for Literacy
This site offers books to develop literacy skills. The site is very easy to navigate, so it is suitable for learners with limited reading and digital skills. The site is for children, but much of the content is suitable for adult learners.


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 Avenue - LearnIT2teach News is researched and compiled by Jim Edgar