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 Avenue.ca in their language training programs. Please help the Avenue team engage with constant improvement by completing this short survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/avenue23-24 Any input you can offer will inform our work on your behalf. We’ll be closing the survey to responses on January 15 2024.

Avenue Leadership Training for Managers & Lead Teachers: Refreshed, Remodelled, Re-launched

  • Avenue Leadership Training now formatted as microcredentials 
  • Participants build skills as lead teachers or managers 
  • Grow your learning tech skills with a community of LINC or CLIC colleagues 
  • MLITSD-funded Adult Language Training professionals are now eligible 
  • Choose the Introduction microcredential to get started (about 2.5 hours) 
  • Complete the ten microcredentials to earn a Leadership Certificate 
  • Engage with videos, readings, audio podcasts and discussion forums 
  • Dive deep on the Brand New Avenue Learning Technology Standards 
  • Apply innovations and leadership principles to your language program 
  • Take a dive into Universal Design for Learning and the SAMR model 
  • Develop a strategic plan to improve local learning technology uptake and teaching/learning practices 

2023 Course Framework Embraces Microcredentialling 

The technology leadership courses were released in 2015. Since then, several hundred LINC pros have made their way through. But we decided early this year the course content needed refreshing. That’s done, but we’ve taken things a step further by re-formatting the course as ten microcredentials. The course is now divided into ten mini-courses, each of which will take about 2.5 – 3 hours to complete. 

Every time a participant completes a microcredential, a digital badge will be awarded. Once all ten microcredentials are completed, a certificate in newcomer language training learning technology leadership will be awarded. 

We invite professionals in IRCC or MLITSD-funded language programs like LINC, CLIC or Ontario Adult Language Training to request enrolment. 

The course is mentored and delivered online through Avenue.ca. Participants in the course have self-identified as technology leaders, and their forum posts reflect valuable lessons from their local language training programs. 

The Introduction & the Ten Micro-courses: 

  • Avenue Leadership Course Introduction (a pre-requisite for the other nine) 
  • Technology-enhanced language learning (TELL) & Computer-assisted language learning (CALL)
  • Blended Language Teaching and Learning 
  • The Avenue Project
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Avenue Teacher Technology Standards 
  • Avenue Student Technology Standards 
  • Avenue Program Technology Standards 
  • Program Performance 
  • Leadership & Innovations Theory
  • Leadership

Micro-courses can be completed in any order after a participant completes the Introduction. Participants progress at their own pace and as their schedules allow.  Please note that all microcredentials are not complete yet. We are working to complete them all over the next few months.

If you are looking to delve deeper into the question of learning technology innovation in the newcomer language training sector, here’s a link to the enrolment form

CCLB Releases “Key Considerations for Language Companions and Learner Portfolios”

The PBLA team at the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks has released a new document for programs using physical or electronic portfolios with their learners. The document provides information about the Language Companion binders, a checklist for learner portfolios and it references Avenue.ca’s binder and ePortfolio solution.  It is called “Key Considerations for Language Companions and Learner Portfolios” and can be accessed on the PBLA Guidelines site under the FAQ section. Here is the direct link to the document.

CanAvenue.ca, An Informal Language Training Platform in Development

In early 2023, the Avenue – LearnIT2teach Project began development of an informal language training online platform for newcomers to Canada. The CanAvenue.ca platform will begin piloting in September 2023. Conceptual work on this initiative had been ongoing for some years prior. The site will provide self-access resources for a variety of learners: prospective immigrants still in ‘pre-arrival’ mode, newcomers on waiting lists for LINC seats, or currently in LINC but wanting additional language learning resources, and newcomers who have completed their formal ESL eligibility but want to continue the development of their English fluency and Canadian cultural skills.

The course encourages and prepares learners to learn independently. The pilot tests a number of relevant methodologies especially Extensive and Intensive Reading or Listening. The pilot platform will provide resources on citizenship preparation, pronunciation, Aboriginal voices and other representation from Canada’s diverse cultures.

For settlement language training educators, the site will be an option for assigning work beyond the formal classroom, and for learners, the site will provide orientation and bridges to formal language training such as LINC.

The Avenue team is pursuing partnerships with front-line agencies to encourage learner referrals. If you’d like more information, please email admin@learnit2teach.ca .

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A Survey on Technology Standards for Canadian Settlement Language Training

The Avenue – LearnIT2teach Project is reaching out to TESL professionals in the settlement language training sector for guidance: We invite you to join a conversation on sector learning technology standards. Please take a few minutes to fill out this online survey to help guide our work: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/techstandards

Some deeper background to put this initiative in context:

Information Technology (IT) is ubiquitous in 21st Century life. One can argue we’re at the point where the term educational ‘technology’ is redundant. Just as books, notebooks, blackboards and chalk were normal features of education for many decades, IT is now an indispensable part of the toolbox for teachers and learners. The variety and complexity of the technology and the fact that it constantly changes continue to present teachers and students with significant challenges.

The Avenue – LearnIT2teach Project analyzed existing educational technology standards and developed a strategy for creating homegrown standards for the Canadian settlement language training (SLT) sector. The project team took a deep dive on two standards frameworks: The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE.org), and TESOL Learning Standards for Educators.

The project decided that our own made-for-Canada standards are a necessity if the standards are to reflect the unique needs of newcomers and sector professionals. An expert team of researchers and writers began work in February 2023. The research – writing team includes three of the authors of the TESOL standards plus strong representation from SLT professionals. The development process is a dialogue with front line professionals in the sector.

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Request for Proposals: Better Practices in Blended and Online Teaching in LINC/CLIC and Adult Non-credit ESL/FLS

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” Margaret J. Wheatley

Do you have ideas on blended or remote teaching to share with your settlement language training peers? The Avenue – LearnIT2teach Project may be willing to support you in communicating your better practices in a Zoom webinar, project portal post, journal article or the moderation of a discussion on the Avenue Teacher-only Forum.

If you want to explore a topic before submitting a proposal, feel free to consult teachers in our project forums about your approach. This may be helpful in refining your proposal and demonstrating the need for it.

If you have your own experiences and better practices to share, please use this form to submit a proposal: https://forms.gle/h5ZQKAwA6pLTruSbA

If your proposal is selected, the project team will assist with the development of your idea, the promotion, and the logistics. There will be negotiated compensation for successful proposals. The Request for Proposals will remain open for some time – submitted proposals will be evaluated as they come in.

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New LearnIT2teach Course: Avenue Basics for Supply Teachers

This 3- to 4-hour course prepares teachers to facilitate an Avenue course in the Instructor (non-editing) role. Teachers with this role in a course can show and hide content, move content on the course page, but they cannot edit the courseware. The Instructor (non-editing) role is ideal for supply teachers who need to fill in for teachers with their own Avenue courses who must take leave for short or even extended periods of time. (Avenue teachers who have progressed to LearnIT2teach Stage 2 can facilitate a course without this training and do not need to enroll in the Avenue Basics for Supply Teachers course.)

In addition to learning how to show, hide and move content, the Avenue Basics for Supply Teachers course introduces participants to the learners’ Avenue Help block and the teachers’ Live Help widget. It also prepares teachers to use (not create or edit) Discussion Forums, Assignments (including PoodLL speaking tasks), BigBlueButton, Quizzes, H5P activities, the ePortfolio and more.

Avenue Basics for Supply Teachers course participants also learn how Avenue supports settlement language training (SLT) in Canada, how Avenue works as a Learning Management System, how units compatible with Portfolio-Based Language Assessment are structured on Avenue and they get a general overview of the LearnIT2Teach project and the training it offers SLT teachers. In addition, participants explore different types of activities as a LINC learner in a sample Avenue (PBLA-compatible) module.

For information about enrolling (temporary) teachers in this course, contact admin@learnit2teach.ca.

National LINC Online Curriculum and Online PBLA (NLOC) Project – User Testing

Calling all LINC instructors: Opportunity to test new NLOC courseware!

If you are a LINC instructor on avenue.ca and you’d like to add PBLA-aligned units to your course next semester, the National LINC Online Curriculum Project is pleased to share that more ready-made content will be made available for testing. This winter, Achēv is seeking LINC instructors to test up to three CLB-4 e-Units. Your feedback is valuable to us in the improvement of all NLOC courseware! All units will be hosted in Avenue.ca. The following new units can be added to your course(s) for this test period:

  • Going to the Emergency Department
  • Understanding Job Scams
  • Telling a Friend About a Library Program*

*Note: Telling a Friend About a Library Program will be made available slightly later for the winter semester

Avenue.ca instructors can click here to preview e-unit activities and become a tester today for selected e-Units. Complete this registration form to request access to test units for the winter semester. Please register by Monday, January 16th, 2023.

Sincerely,

Rafa Khan
Project Manager, National LINC Online Curriculum, Achēv
P: 905-949-0049 ext. 1401 | C: 416-577-8233 | W: www.achev.ca

PBLA eUnits/Modules on Avenue

The following PBLA-compatible modules are available on Avenue. Teachers can request any of these modules through their mentor and preview them in the PBLA Sample Modules course (available on their Dashboard).

Grocery Shopping (CLB 1L-2L)

Dealing with Emergencies (CLB 1L-2L)

Finding a Place to Live (CLB 1L-2L)

Numbers (CLB 1L-2)

Canadian Money (CLB 1L-2)

A Calendar (CLB 1L-2)

A Child’s Education (CLB 1L-2L) 
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Saving Money When Shopping (CLB 1)

Back-to-School Shopping (CLB 1-2)

Work and Pay (CLB 1-2)

Personal Banking (CLB 1-2)

Insurance (CLB 1-2)

Finding a Place to Live (CLB 1-2)

Dealing with Emergencies (CLB 1-2)

A Child’s Education (CLB 1-2)

Safety at Work (CLB 1-2) 

Reporting a Lost/Stolen Bank Card (CLB 1-2) 
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Canada: Provinces and Territories (CLB 2-4)

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Canada: Population (CLB 3-4)

Work and Pay (CLB 3-4)

Internet and Phone Scams (CLB 3-4)

Online Banking (CLB 3-4)

Choosing a Bank Account  (CLB 3-4)

Dealing with Household Problems (CLB 3/4)

At the Walk-In Clinic (CLB 3-4)

Reporting a Lost or Stolen Bank / Credit Card (CLB 3-4)

Getting Around a City (CLB 3-4)

Shopping for Groceries (CLB 3-4)

Making Requests in the Workplace (CLB 3-4) 
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Canada: Indigenous Peoples (CLB 3-5)

Canada: People and Diversity (CLB 3-5)

Taxes in Canada (CLB 3-5)

Online Shopping (CLB 3-5)
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Avoiding Scams and Fraud (CLB 5-6)

Dealing with Issues in the Community (CLB 5-6)

Dealing with Common Health Issues (CLB 5-6)

Giving and Listening to Presentations (CLB 5-6)

Roles and Responsibilities in Workplace Meetings (CLB 5-6)

Giving and Receiving Advice (CLB 5-6)

Shopping Online (CLB 5-6)

Preparing to Attend a Workplace Event (CLB 5-6)

Participating in a Brainstorming and Problem-Solving Meeting (CLB 5-6)

Developing Academic and Research Skills (CLB 5-6) **new Sept. 2022
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Workplace Culture (CLB 5+)

Workplace Laws and Policies (CLB 5+)

Instructions and Procedures at Work (CLB 5+)

Making Requests at Work (CLB 5+)

Participating in Meetings (CLB 5+)

Participating in Online Meetings (CLB 5+)

 Resolving Conflicts at Work (CLB 5+)

Reading Product and Service Reviews (CLB 5+)

Getting Information From Tables, Charts and Graphs (CLB 5+)

Reading News and Feature Articles  (CLB 5+)

Taking Notes While Reading (CLB 5+)

Taking Notes While Listening  (CLB 5+)
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Asking For & Receiving Feedback in an Annual Performance Review (CLB 7-8)

Arranging a Workplace Event (CLB 7-8)

Participating in Workplace Meetings (CLB 7-8)

Job Interviews (CLB 7-8)

Understanding and Giving Presentations about Workplace Safety (CLB 7-8) **new Oct. 2022

Childcare Assistant EAL Curriculum

The Childcare Assistant EAL Curriculum, funded by the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO), is designed to support newcomers at CLB 3, 4, and 5 who have different levels of interest in, and experience with, early childhood education as a career.  With the support of MANSO’s Care for Newcomer Children Committee, a partnership with Avenue.ca, and expertise from our team of three curriculum developers, the course addresses the need for key language supports, employment-focused preparation materials, and culturally appropriate themes in the field of early childhood education.

The course ensures that in-person, online, and/or hybrid programs can use the materials as there is a PDF version (available on Tutela and the MANSO website by Friday, September 2, 2022) as well as an Avenue course. The materials are aligned with the Canadian Language Benchmarks and PBLA, including learning outcome statements, a module plan, and all skill-building, skill-using, and assessment tasks. 

Aside from using the curriculum in a LINC program for newcomers who are considering an early childhood education career, the materials may also be used to strengthen language proficiency for those who are seeking a Childcare Assistant (CCA) or Early Childhood Educator (ECE) certification. Finally, newcomers already working in a Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) or other childcare program may need an opportunity to brush up their language skills and cultural awareness of early childhood education in Canada.

The four topic areas explored in the curriculum for learners at CLB levels 3, 4, and 5 will provide ample opportunities for teachers and other educators to support newcomer women in their pursuit of careers in early childhood education.

The curriculum covers the following topics: Getting a Job as a CCA, Performing Daily Tasks at a Childcare Centre, Workplace Communication, and Workplace Culture