Online settlement language training solutions for adult newcomers and teaching professionals.
Avenue is the Technology Solution for LINC/CLIC & Ontario Adult Language Training
Avenue provides individual interactive LINC course activities associated with listening, speaking, reading and writing, while offering opportunities for collaboration and discussion. Its structure, combined with the variety in course activities and tools, encourages active learning where learners control the pace and type of learning. The learner courseware adapts to special needs clients and different learning preferences. Blended (hybrid) and online approaches to program delivery enable service providers to reach clients who otherwise cannot participate in programming.
Since 2010, The Avenue – LearnIT2teach Project has supported blended learning through the hosting and distribution of CLB-aligned courseware, and four-stage training for language training professionals on how to use the courseware and adapt it for their learners. In response to the COVID pandemic, teachers became able to adapt Avenue for online remote learning. In September 2023 language training programs funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development joined IRCC-funded agencies in having access to the project’s learning technology services.
The LearnIT2teach team continues to:
As we move toward the end of the 2020-25 IRCC funding cycle, the Avenue.ca project will continue to enhance its capacity to support PBLA-based settlement language training. The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) and New Language Solutions (NLS) and other service providers are developing more and more PBLA-aligned courseware, hosted on the Tutela side of Avenue, and available to teachers through the custom courseware builder function in the Avenue learning management system.
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Develop courseware and provide language educator accredited training and professional development to support the integration and adaptation of immigrants to Canada and contribute to the modernization of settlement language training. To achieve the project mission, we provide Canadian-centric learning and teaching resources and delivery tools, and we train language educators to engage immigrant clients using open-source learning technologies.
A Canadian newcomer population with ready access to information technology to assist their orientation and adaptation to Canada, support the development of their official language skills, and help them build IT foundation skills that will improve their employability and life skills.
A Canadian community of professional teaching practice (CoP ) in the field of Technology-enhanced language learning (TELL) and immigrant settlement language training where: