News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

December 20, 2019 - Issue #93

Project News

New Part 1 Learning Technology Leadership Group Begins Course Monday, January 6, 2020
If you are a professional in an IRCC program looking to lead innovation in a LINC or ELT program, we have two-part Moodle-based online training to offer. Each part has six weekly units and the time demand is 1.5 – 2 hours per unit. The course content includes readings, podcasts and videos, and course activities encourage sharing and collaboration with peers in the sector.

Web News

Interpreter, Google’s real-time translator, comes to mobile
After rolling out on smart speakers and displays earlier this year, Google’s interpreter real-time translation mode is finally landing on mobile. A far more handy application for such functionality, the feature arrives on both Android and iOS handsets globally, starting today. The feature works in tandem with Assistant. Say something like, “Hey Google, be my German translator” . ...

New report emphasises the importance of interpersonal skills and having a compassionate approach for effective teaching online
A new report by the National Institute for Digital Learning at DCU highlights the differences in teaching online to a traditional classroom setting. It emphasises the importance of interpersonal skills and having a compassionate approach for effective teaching online. The ability to connect and to build good teacher-student relationships, both of which can be more challenging in an online environment, becomes more effective when an online educator has a strong social presence. The report also finds ...

Canada’s post-secondary institutions are expanding online learning
Growth in online learning continues in Canadian universities, colleges, and CEGEPs as they increasingly offer flexible access to post-secondary courses and programs throughout the country, according to a recent report released by the Canadian Digital Learning and Research Association. ... “The 2019 survey results show continued growth in online course enrolments across all sectors of Canadian post-secondary education” ... “Nearly three-quarters of all institutions reported that online learning is very or extremely important for the institution’s long-term plan” Key findings include: ...

Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019
The Top Tools for Learning 2019 list was compiled by Jane Hart from the results of the 13th Annual Learning Tools Survey, and released on 18 September 20189. Below you will find a table listing the top 200 tools as well as their ranking on 3 sub-lists ...

Video: Langley ESL [LINC] students perform Toy Story song at graduation
A group of people new to learning the English language were recently celebrating their successes in song with a performance of You’ve got a friend in me by Randy Newman. Students from the Open Learning Centre at New Directions School in Langley performed the song, made famous by the Toy Story franchise, during a recent graduation ceremony. ...

'You are the hope and safety of Canada': Students write letters to Canadian forces
Students at some high schools in Windsor, Ont. are writing letters to members of the Canadian military for the holidays. Stephanie Quaglia, an English as a second language teacher at St. Mike's helped spearhead the project. "I jumped on board to get our students to write letters to our armed forces," said Quaglia. "It's a nice touching thing for when our army, our soldiers receive a nice [letter] from home." ...

Conversation circles helpful for newcomers
Learning English as a second language can be tough, but having regular conversations can help. The YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services holds weekly conversation circles in Hamilton, Brantford, Simcoe, Dunnville, and Port Dover.. ... The conversation circles are only able to run because of volunteers and donated spaces. Each meeting needs two volunteers to help guide the conversations. The group is always looking for volunteers ...


30 of the best free online dictionaries and thesauri
This is the first time we are proposing a list of 30 free online dictionaries and thesauri exclusively in English. We have already presented different posts about linguistic tools, such as glossaries and international dictionaries. We hope you find it useful, and welcome any suggestions for improvement or contributions for future linguistic posts. So please have a seat: ...

8 Tips To Develop eLearning Courses For Online Learners With Attention Deficit Disorder
The human attention span is already short. But those who suffer from attention deficit disorder must deal with a litany of other issues, including impulsivity, lack of concentration, and trouble following through. Thus, you must take their unique traits and learning needs into consideration when designing your eLearning course. Here are 8 top tips to help online learners with attention deficit disorder focus ...

How to Create Captions for Live Presentations
... I’ve always thought about having captions during the live presentations. ... Or perhaps, English isn’t the first language and hearing and processing is a little slower. In either case, having a transcript in real time is valuable. Here are a couple of options to have transcriptions of your live presentations using tools you already have. ...

How to Translate Languages With Google Sheets
There are more efficient ways of keeping track of important foreign language vocabulary than a hand-held dictionary. If you’re learning a new language or making basic translations, try using the Google Translate formula in Google Sheets for an easy access list of what you know—or want to know. ...


Executive Director CCLB
The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) is seeking an Executive Director ... Under the direction of and reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides leadership to manage day-to-day operations and promote CCLB as a technical standards organization in the area of official languages for employment and settlement.

Online English Teacher
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Professional Development

LearnIT2teach Annotated Bibliography New Resource: Technology-mediated workplace training: Developing and assessing a module for a blended curriculum for newcomers
The specific needs of a small group of learners and volunteer teachers are addressed in this study of an occupation-specific module piloted in Ontario on the Moodle platform. The theory-driven approach addresses the learners’ and volunteers’ varied work schedules and digital literacy skills; and the learners’ language proficiency and employment in the customer service sector.

TESL Ontario Contact - Fall 2019 Issue
Welcome to the Fall issue of Contact magazine. This issue features articles from around the globe—literally. From Toronto to Ottawa and Colombia to Turkey, the authors have contributed theories and research that can hopefully apply to all classrooms and teacher practices. ...

Open Educational Resources (OERs)
eaching and learning resources freely available through a creative commons license, OERs are in the public domain and can be customized for the learner. OERs are peer-reviewed, provide diversity to curriculum, and help reduce the cost of education by eliminating fees related to textbooks and licenses. Due to all these benefits, it is no surprise that OERs are gaining popularity in higher education. ...

e-Resource Corner
This purpose of this site is to help visitors develop  language used in every day conversation through listening practice.

Agenda Web
This web site is a collection of links to interactive activities from across the web organized by skill and language level. It also includes grammar activities and content organized by theme and some media formats. A search field is provided to locate content on this site.

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About LearnIT2teach
Through funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the 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.

LearnIT2teach News is researched and compiled by Jim Edgar