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learnIT2teach
http://www.learnit2teach.ca
Free professional development for LINC & ESL professionals
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Funded by: Citizenship and Immigration Canada

WE PROMISE not to teach you computer code or try to turn you into a techie.

Basic computer skills like e-mailing or word processing are all you need to begin mastering the tools and put Made-in-Canada CALL materials to work in your classroom.

Free CALL PD for LINC and ESL professionals

Learning tools & teacher PD

The LearnIT2teach Project offers LINC and ESL professionals the tools and the training to integrate computer-assisted language learning (CALL) into Ontario classrooms.  Since January 2010 the LearnIT2teach project has worked under contract to Citizenship and Immigration Canada to advance two key goals: 1) the development of technology tools specifically for use in Ontario LINC and ESL classes, and 2) developing and delivering training to TESL professionals on how to implement the tools in their programs. In March 2011, the project was extended by Citizenship and Immigration for two additional years.

 The project builds on the LINC Activities Books developed by Algonquin College [LINC 1-4 Classroom Activities, 2009] and the Toronto Catholic District School Board[LINC 5-7 Classroom Activities, 2010]. Much of the content of these print resources was versioned into e-learning resources by the TCDSB and Algonquin in earlier projects.

 To enable teachers to use the e-learning tools and put them to work with learners, training for TESL professionals is at the core of the project. Since January 2010, more than 500 Ontario language teaching professionals have attended face-to-face Stage One LearnIT2teach PD events and many have continued on to the further stages provided online.

 Web resources for CALL

The project elements include a web portal, a learning object repository, learner courseware and instructor training. A learning management system has been set-up to deliver both the newcomer learner courseware and the online instructor training.  Our web portal for ESL instructors is found at www.learnit2teach.ca.  It is the gateway to all of our resources and locations on the Internet and a meeting place for all Ontario and Canadian TESL professionals interested in integrating technology into language teaching and learning. 

 The Repository of Online Language Learning Resources (www.rollr.ca) is a sophisticated storage and retrieval site built in partnership with the Robertson Library at the University of Prince Edward Island. Rollr.ca houses a growing collection of interactive learning objects created for Ontario LINC instructors and students.  The Ontario-specific online learning management system (virtual learning environment) (www.edlinc.ca) hosts learner courseware that teachers use in a blended mode with their students.

 Stages of Training

The project offers four stages of training for any instructor and the only prerequisite is basic computer skills.  Every instructor begins at a face-to-face Stage One event, and then can proceed to the further training stages mentored online by an ESL instructor with extensive CALL experience. (An additional training for program administrators is in development.) Threaded throughout the training are Chickering and Gamson’s good teaching principles as applied to online learning. Ready made e-resources enable teachers to implement their PD training with their learners immediately.

 Not every participant will want or need to finish all four stages of the instructor training.  Each instructor has control over his or her path and final destination.   During this process, our team provides support through face-to-face sessions and online mentoring.  Every stage offers opportunities to broaden skills and credentials for the digital age. For TESL Ontario re-certification, we provide certificates of completion at the end of each stage.

 More time, more tools, more PD

In April 2011 the project was contracted by CIC to provide two additional years of learning tools development and to continue providing free PD for Ontario professionals. The project team is excited about the next two years as we welcome the opportunity to expand the tools we offer, the PD opportunities for LINC teachers and learning opportunities for Ontario newcomers.  Instructors will be interested to know that the LearnIT2teach team has participated in the Post TESL Certification and Training pilot project with the aim of eventual accreditation for at least one of the four stages of PD we offer.

 New courseware and learning resources coming in the next two years include student preparation tools for online learning and the addition of speaking as a fourth skill. Additionally, a new workshop and manual is in development which will provide training for administrators to enable them to put the courseware to work locally. Administrators will learn to use the courseware to improve tracking and support teaching and learning in their LINC or ESL organization.

 Look for our team at a LINC centre or TESL affiliate event in Ontario. Please contact admin@learnit2teach.ca for further information, or to set up a Stage One event in your area.

A face-to-face introduction to the key elements of the LearnlT2teach project: 

  • A web portal for ESL instructors (www.learnit2teach.ca)
  • An online repository of learning objects (www.rollr.ca)
  • An Ontario specific online learning management system (virtual learning environment) for instructors (www.edlinc.ca) to use with their students

This stage also provides a hands-on tour of sample courseware that enables instructors to experience online learning from a student’s perspective and an overview of the further stages of training available. |}

Stage Two

a face-to-face introduction to the key elements of the LearnlT2teach project: 

  • A web portal for ESL instructors (www.learnit2teach.ca)
  • An online repository of learning objects (www.rollr.ca)
  • An Ontario specific online learning management system (virtual learning environment) for instructors (www.edlinc.ca) to use with their students

This stage also provides a hands-on tour of sample courseware that enables instructors to experience online learning from a student’s perspective and an overview of the further stages of training available.

Stage Three

an opportunity for instructors to deepen their knowledge of the online courseware

  • Instructors learn by selecting and customizing the courseware appropriate for their clas and putting it to work with their learners <ref>edlinc.ca currently holds courseware for CLB levels 3 – 8 but the project team is working to add CLB 2.</ref>
  • Instructors learn to use the LINC online repository (www.rollr.ca) to locate and download e-resources and add them to customized courses or activities

There is no requirement to install software on local computers as everything instructors need is available online. Upon completing Stage Three, instructors continue to have access to edlinc.ca and all the LearnIT2teach technology tools including the Learning Management System and learning objects.

This stage is also provided online and supported by an expert mentor.

Stage Four

instructors master the creation of their own e-activities and the skills needed to upload them to a digital repository where they can be shared with other professionals across Ontario and Canada (www.rollr.ca)

  • Provides an introduction to Hot Potatoes and TexToys software, enabling instructors of all levels to create their own self-correcting ESL exercises
  • Introduces instructors to project-based learning and webquests
  • Familiarizes teachers with Web 2.0 tools that can be used in language instruction, including social networking, social media collections and social bookmarking

This stage is also provided online and supported by a mentor.

Additionally, an ADMIN STAGE is coming soon which will provide training for Administrators to enable them to put the courseware to work locally. Administrators will learn to apply the courseware to improve tracking and support teaching and learning in their LINC or ESL organization.

Certificates of completion will be provided at the end of each stage, and these can be used as part of the PD requirements to maintain your TESL Ontario accreditation. Please contact admin@learnit2teach.ca for further information, or to set up a Stage One event in your area.


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