News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

May 31, 2022 - Issue #120

Project News

New Avenue - LearnIT2teach Podcasts:  The Language Companion, Artefact Collection and Avenue Solutions for Remote LINC Delivery eLearning Module from AMSSA
MingJi Wang works with AMSSA’s Language Program Manager to support language programs funded by IRCC in British Columbia. In conversation with Avenue team member Paul Carter, MingJi talks about her own immigration experience, AMSSA, the rationale behind the eLearning module, and feedback from the community.

New Part 1 Learning Technology Leadership Course
A new intake of this six-week course will begin soon. More information is available here.

The benefits of LINC blended learning #8 - the last in our series. Our featured video for May is, “It improves language and settlement gains
In 2017-18 an Avenue-LearnIT2teach Project evaluation team undertook a demonstration research project at a LINC program in Burnaby B.C. They looked into the impacts of blended learning. The report was released in 2019. The researchers identified multiple benefits of LINC blended learning. We’ve distilled the results into nine videos ... This month we’re looking at video number 8 "It improves language and settlement gains."

Coming to Avenue: Orientation to Avenue for LINC Students
Vancouver Community College has developed Avenue orientation resources for LINC 2/3, LINC 4 and LINC 5+ learners. A webinar demonstrating these resources will be presented on June 10, and LINC teachers will be able to access them (through their mentor) soon after this presentation. Click here for more information about the webinar.

eSkills Update
The launch of the eSkills lessons on Avenue has been delayed while the RRC Polytech development team makes final updates to the content. More information about eSkills was shared in this webinar recording.

Partner News
PBLA and literacy research activity
The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks is conducting an independent research activity investigating how Portfolio-Based Language Assessment works in Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classrooms with literacy learners. … There are multiple ways to take part in the research activity. … 1. A 10-minute questionnaire …

Web News

Free Resources to Help with Remote Learning in 2022
... While hundreds of education companies, nonprofits and other organizations made their software and services free during the immediate switch to remote learning, many have become more thoughtful about how they help educators master online and blended instruction. We've sifted through their offerings to bring you this updated set of free resources to help with online, hybrid and face-to-face learning in 2022. ...

Research suggests that virtual learning is the most popular method for adults
New unweighted research into virtual learning ... has shown that watching online videos and taking part in online courses are now the most popular learning methods in the UK. On average, over one in four of the 2,000 people polled say they most enjoy learning via videos and courses on the internet (29% and 28% respectively), while face-to-face options, such as in-person classes with others present and one-to-one tutoring, were favoured by less than one in four people ...

Ukrainian refugees face language barriers as they settle in southwestern Ontario
Ukrainian refugees are doing their best to get on with their lives after arriving in Windsor, Ont., but say they are facing challenges after fleeing their homeland following Russia's invasion of the country. Daria Yepifanova fled Ukraine on March 8 with her mother Natalya and a one-year-old baby, about two weeks after Russia first invaded. ... "We try to learn English, it's very hard for us," said Yepifanova, who arrived to Canada on April 12. ...

Access to medical exams a roadblock for Ukrainians wanting to work in Canada
Ukrainians fleeing war are encountering roadblocks they didn't expect as they look for work in Canada. One is a requirement for a medical exam that is expensive and can be hard to access. Another is the time it's taking to update their work permits once that medical exam is done. That's important because they're not allowed to work with children, in health care or in agriculture until…

The 6 Best Websites for Children to Learn a Foreign Language
There are plenty of great websites to help children learn a foreign language. If you want to support your child's school curriculum, or help them to pick up another language in their spare time, fun online resources can aid in the process. We've rounded up some of the best websites to help children learn another language.


Real-Life Ecosystem With Student ePortfolios
Some countries like Canada have begun to adopt—on a large scale—formative assessment using the portfolio assessment system. That's the good news! However, these systems often come with legacy technology, such as cardboard three-ring binders and pen and ink worksheet printouts. Meanwhile, the rest of the country, including the students themselves, has moved on in terms of technology. They carry cell phones and are totally at home online ...

 Collaboration For Online Learning Success 
Human connection can make a difference in elevating learning among online students. A guided experience will lead to strong teamwork and successful outcomes. In this article, we will share five research-proven actions that you can implement today to impact online collaborative learning. ...

Pop-Up Questions In Videos: Yes Or No?
... Videos can be great ways to present information to learners. But how can educators be sure that the learners are paying attention to the video? More importantly, how can they be sure the students are learning? An increasingly common sight in eLearning environments, video pop-up questions aim to keep students engaged with longer videos, keeping them from getting distracted or "zoning out" while the learning material plays on the screen. ...

Language Translation Apps Come of Age
Translation applications driven by artificial intelligence are showing promise for schools in improving communications with parents and students. As these technologies advance, so do the possibilities for their use. ... Though it still seems a bit like science fiction, we’ve reached the day where we can speak or type into our smartphones and have an artificial intelligence interpreter translate our speech or text into another language. ...

English has become the language of science
Between 1980 and 1996, natural science publications in Russian fell from 10.8 to 2.1 percent. German dropped from 2.5 to 1.2 percent. But English rose from 74.6 to 90.7 percent. This surge in English publications ... came from “non-native Anglophones”—scientists who learned English as a second language.. ...

Professional Development

LearnIT2teach Annotated Bibliography New Resource: Strengthening Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada: Learning from Experiences in Saskatoon
An M.Ed. thesis from the University of Saskatchewan providing the results of a recent research project examining the learning and support needs of new ESL LINC instructors, including those related to online, blended and remote teaching and learning.

Tutela Webinar: Extensive Reading Option for Blended Learning Classes - M-Reader [Tutela login required]
This June 6 webinar will build on our previous Tutela webinar, Introduction to Extensive Reading for Language Instructors. The extensive reading (ER) approach has gained huge momentum in the past two decades. ER is an individual activity which is easy, frequent, rewarding and fast, where students enjoy reading their favorite topics to obtain information or general understanding. Teachers are guides and reading role models, and make sure students understand how ER is done and why it is important. ...

Affordances Of Computer-Assisted Language Learning In Higher Education: A Qualitative Inquiry
Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) has become a rudimentary part of English language education because of its positive impacts on students’ language skills achievements. Despite all its advantages, most teachers do not employ CALL frequently in language education …

e-Resource Corner

Idiom Connection
This site is dedicated to English idioms. It includes interactive exercises and idiom lists organized alphabetically and by theme.

IBM SkillsBuild
A site offering free teaching and learning resources to help students and educators learn computing and workplace basics. Registration required.


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Through funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Avenue - 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.

 Avenue - LearnIT2teach News is researched and compiled by Jim Edgar