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Learning English With Technology (LET) Online Modules and Lesson Plans

The LET online modules and lesson plans are a collection of learning activities that engage teachers and students with the use of technology for learning English. Newcomers understand the importance of digital literacy in their lives and LET engages them in low-stakes online interactions that will prepare them to access resources and services related to their settlement that are increasingly offered online.

The learning activities included in the LET lesson plans can be used in-class or remotely, in print or online. They were developed to support LINC instructors’ use of Blended Learning in their teaching and foster an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for integration of learning technology.

One of the activities is an online survey. Many students may not be familiar with completing an online form or have few opportunities to engage in low-stakes but meaningful form-filling tasks. With our survey, students practice common online form-filling features and share their experiences and opinions about learning English with technology.

Program administrators can request program-level results to inform technology planning and Blended Learning implementation. If you are interested in receiving program-level results, please ask your administrator, before students complete the survey, to contact Matthias Sturm at support@learnit2teach.ca

To request a copy of the LET online modules for your Avenue course complete this form.

Preview the LET online modules on Avenue here. The self-enrolment key can be found here.

Read and ask questions about LET in the Avenue Teacher-Only Forum.

Preview and download the print lesson plans and learning activities:

CLB 1-2 Lesson plan

CLB 1-2 Learning activities

CLB 3-4 Lesson plan

CLB 3-4 Learning activities

CLB 5-6 Lesson plan

CLB 5-6 Learning activities

CLB 7-8 Lesson plan

CLB 7-8 Learning activities

Read more about the background, rationale, and development of LET:

Technology-Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) has long become an integral part of education in Canada. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the need for Online Learning offerings has been tremendous. LINC programs had to pivot from in-person to remote instruction, and many accomplished this rapid response with the support of the Avenue-LearnIT2teach project.

Over the course of the pandemic, the project team observed that programs that had already been engaged in Blended Learning and instructors who had been trained to use Avenue (formerly EduLINC) were better prepared to meet the needs for Online Learning and pivot to distance program delivery. As programs prepare for the transition back to in-person, we believe that TELL and blended program delivery are more important than ever. It does not only provide the level of responsiveness needed to meet challenges like a pandemic in the future, but it also ensures flexibility to respond to meet the needs of diverse student demographics.

Avenue-LearnIT2teach has recognized and supported the professional development and content development needed to make Blended Learning work for instructors and students since its inception in 2010. The project’s efforts to provide instructor training and learning resources has been ongoing. As one of our research and evaluation activities, we introduced a student survey and embedded it in a lesson plan and learning activities in 2012. Since then, many students have been learning about common technology terminology and provided information about their use of technology for learning English.

Just before the pandemic began, we launched an updated version of the print lesson plans and learning activity sheets for various CLB levels. Since Fall 2021, the LET online modules for CLB 1-2, CLB 3-4, CLB 5-6, and CLB 7-8, can be added to a new or existing course on Avenue and is fully customizable to meet your students’ needs.

We would like to thank Mary-Ellen Gillespie for the development of the initial lesson plan and learning activities, as well as Catherine Porter and Marijke Geurts for their redevelopment for lower, mid, and higher CLB levels. Marijke Geurts and Matthias Sturm also served as the main content developers of the LET online modules.