News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

May 31, 2024 - Issue #142

Project News

New Avenue Courseware & LearnIT2teach Training Brochures Available
You can read or download our two project brochures on this page. They’ve been updated to describe the refreshed, streamlined teacher training stages, and the new curriculum and enhanced functions in the learner courseware.
https://avenue.ca/updated-for-spring-2024-learner-courseware-instructor-pd-brochures/

New Podcast: Interview with Dr. Deborah Healey Part 1
This podcast is the first of a two-part interview with Dr. Deborah Healey, Emerita Professor University of Oregon. In this interview, Dr. Healey speaks about her role in the development of Avenue Standards for Technology-Enhanced Language Learning (TELL), and how she thinks that these new standards will benefit the Canadian language teaching and settlement sector.
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/learnit2teach/episodes/2024-05-30T06_38_31-07_00

New Podcast: Interview with Dr. Deborah Healey Part 2
In this second interview, Dr. Healey talks about her perspective of language teachers’ involvement with TELL and if it is part of their responsibility to help students to acquire information technology skills. She shares her observations of language teachers and learners becoming more skilled with information technologies over the past decade and suggests ways for teachers who are thinking about integrating technology into their practices to get started using information technology. This discussion closes with Dr. Healey’s characterization of the potential roles of new AI technologies in language teaching.
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/learnit2teach/episodes/2024-05-30T06_41_23-07_00

New Modules in the Avenue eUnit Catalogue
Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks Contributions
- Communicating with a Child’s School (CLB 3-4)
- Arranging Travel Accommodations (CLB 4-5)
- Going to the Dentist (CLB 3-4)
New Language Solutions Contribution
- Navigating Student Aid for Post-secondary Education (CLB 5-6)

Upcoming Webinars
* Poodll ReadAloud and Poodll WordCards (Thurs., June 6, 5 PM ET)
* Money Talks: Arranging Finances for Post-Secondary Education (Wed., June 12, 2 PM ET)

Tutela File Access in Avenue Courses
Watch for an announcement and a help file on the Avenue portal about this new feature. Avenue instructors can prepare for this by checking their Avenue account logs them in to Tutela. Use the "Log in with Avenue" button on the Tutela site to check.

Web News

Google adds AI conversation practice for English language learners
Google is testing its AI listening skills with a feature that lets people speak into their phones and practice English with a conversational AI bot. Google first rolled out the speaking practice experience in October 2023. Originally, the feature only provided feedback on spoken sentences. Now, users can practice having ongoing conversations …
https://www.theverge.com/2024/4/26/24141631/google-search-ai-conversational-language-translation-english

The Role Of Language Training In Developing A Globally Competent Workforce
… There have been major advancements in the technological landscape of language learning, including interactive tools such as language learning apps, virtual reality and immersive online platforms. Understanding the backgrounds of these components can help you build any language training …
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinesscouncil/2024/04/23/the-role-of-language-training-in-developing-a-globally-competent-workforce

20 Best Online ESL Courses and Programs
In this article, we will be looking at the 20 best online ESL courses and programs. …
https://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/20-best-online-esl-courses-and-programs-1306948/

Google’s Astra is its first AI-for-everything agent
… The current generation of AI assistants, such as ChatGPT, can retrieve information and offer answers, but that is about it. But this year, Google is rebranding its assistants as more advanced “agents,” which it says could show reasoning, planning, and memory skills and are able to take multiple steps to execute tasks. …
https://www.technologyreview.com/2024/05/14/1092407/googles-astra-is-its-first-ai-for-everything-agent

Bilingual AI Brain Implant Helps Stroke Survivor Converse in Both Spanish and English
For the first time, a brain implant has helped a bilingual person who is unable to articulate words to communicate in both of his languages. An artificial-intelligence (AI) system coupled to the brain implant decodes, in real time, what the individual is trying to say in either Spanish or English. …
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bilingual-brain-reading-implant-decodes-spanish-and-english/

Blogs

Using Google Tools to Support Newcomer ELLs
Teachers can guide English language learners in using a variety of Google tools to make lessons more equitable and accessible. ...
https://www.edutopia.org/article/using-google-to-support-english-learners

How Technology Has Changed Education And A Look Ahead
Explore how technology has transformed education, enhancing learning experiences through digital tools, online resources, and interactive platforms. Discover the future of education ...
https://elearningindustry.com/how-technology-has-changed-education-and-a-look-ahead

10 Student-Tested Chrome Extensions
Teachers are always on the lookout for new ideas about teaching practices, classroom design and organization, and how best to reach students. … For schools using Google Chrome, extensions are an easy way to adapt students’ browsers and equip them with personalized support they can use on assignments and classroom activities throughout the year. ...
https://www.edutopia.org/article/10-student-tested-chrome-extensions

Teaching Students How to Make Movies to Document Their Learning
Few activities are more engaging than storytelling. … In the classroom, teachers can design digital storytelling opportunities as capstone projects to showcase student mastery. Not only does moviemaking appeal to students, but storytelling naturally ignites emotion, which results in learning that is easily remembered. …
https://www.edutopia.org/article/teaching-moviemaking-high-school

Human Intelligences: Language Learning in an AI World
Are you wondering what role generative AI tools can play in your language learning or teaching? Watch this video for tips for learners and educators, and find ways to utilize these tools to extend your own unique human intelligences! ...
https://youtu.be/o0qHoeBn0dQ?si=ukOBerSAz_zaAHFx

Professional Development

New in the Annotated Bibliography: AI and English language teaching: Affordances and challenges
A systematic literature review and discussion focused on the affordances and challenges of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in English Language teaching and learning and recommendations for future research. ...
http://bib.learnit2teach.ca/blog/ai-and-english-language-teaching-affordances-and-challenges/

The 2024 TESL Ontario Annual Conference Call for Proposals is Open!
This year’s TESL Ontario Annual Conference will be taking place November 13-15, 2024. The call for presentation proposals is now open for this year’s event: Navigating New Routes in Language Education. ...
https://blog.teslontario.org/the-2024-tesl-ontario-annual-conference-call-for-proposals-is-now-open/

Eleven Best Practices to Support Learners with Disabilities in the Online Classroom
Learners with disabilities can thrive in the online classroom… assuming the learning environment is designed utilizing effective supports that prioritize inclusive teaching and learning. … The following 11 best practices can be implemented by instructors to proactively support learners with disabilities in the online classroom: …
https://elearnmag.acm.org/featured.cfm?aid=3594548

e-Resource Corner

Speech Meter
Speech Meter is a free site using AI to assess English pronunciation. Users can type words, phrases or sentences to practice their pronunciation. (Interesting and fun concept, but more work needs to be done on this technology.)
https://speechmeter.com/

Job Interview Simulation
This website simulates a job interview to help its users learn common interview questions and how to answer them using an appropriate tone.
https://elc.polyu.edu.hk/cill/eiw/interviews/

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 Avenue - LearnIT2teach News is researched and compiled by Jim Edgar