ESL and other Language Training
Seneca College - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The English Language Institute (ELI) at Seneca College is an intensive
full-time ESL program designed for international students who want to
improve their English language skills for personal, academic or professional
reasons. The program's computer labs make extensive use of CAN-8 to enhance
the language learning experience for hundreds of students every semester.
CAN-8 adds hours of customized out-of class practice that helps ELI students
improve essential language skills, including grammar and vocabulary
development, in a safe, non-threatening, learner-centred environment.
In class, CAN-8 is an effective support to ELI faculty in curriculum
delivery, allowing professors to easily develop meaningful and relevant
activities for students. The software is also invaluable for in and out
of class assessments.
Read more about Seneca's language program...
University College of the North (UCN) - Thompson, Manitoba, Canada
The University College of the North (UCN) in northern Manitoba uses CAN8
to deliver university-level Cree language courses to campuses in
Thompson, The Pas and Regional Centres throughout northern Manitoba.
Students enrol in the course from their local community and the
instructor can teach and monitor from any location.
UCN is an institution devoted to community and northern development and
reflects the Aboriginal reality and cultural diversity of the regions.
Read more about programs at UCN
Assessment and Testing
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment is a
standardized, high stakes English language proficiency test
used for admission to post-secondary institutions.
Increasingly, CAEL is also being used for
accreditation with professional organizations. Our network of
testing centres continues to grow both nationally and
internationally, including several locations throughout
Brazil and China.
The CAEL is a computer blended test, delivered using the CAN-8 software.
The flexibility CAN-8 offers allows us to customize our tests, helps
ensure the standardized delivery in any and all locales, and increases the
efficiency with which our partners can invigilate CAEL. The professional,
knowledgeable team at Sounds Virtual has worked with us to achieve the
degree of specialization required to deliver a secure, high stakes test.
Read more about the CAEL assessment
Akwesasne Economic Development Agency (AEDA) - Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Karen Mitchell - Executive Director for Akwesasne Economic Development Agency (AEDA) says,
"The Akwesasne Economic Development Agency also known as (AEDA) has
expanded to become the first Aboriginal Multi-Media Language Learning
Center in Ontario.
Since 2005, AEDA has been developing courseware using the CAN-8 VirtuaLab
program. This wonderful tool is used to assist with language acquisition
and language maintenance. It can also be very helpful in providing
additional support to learners in the classroom.
Multiple languages can be input simultaneously on similar subject
matters. This is very important for Haudenosaunee language learners
because a learner can see and hear the modifications that occur from
Mohawk, to Oneida, to Onondaga, to Cayuga and to Seneca.
AEDA's CAN-8 based curriculum includes stories, songs, speeches, our
history and culture, and any other content imaginable. This is an
excellent source of knowledge.
In Akwesasne, the program is being used in the local schools, government
offices both on the Canadian and U.S side, in the library and in the
comfort of people's homes.
The CAN-8 VirtuaLab is a great way to preserve our language and culture
for future generations and it is an economicly-viable solution to preserve,
protect, and revitalize First Nation's Languages. "
Read more about AEDA
Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo Private School - Six Nations, Ontario, Canada
Donna Bomberry, Coordinator of the Language Preservation Project at the
Kawenni:io / Gaweni:yo Private School, Six Nations, Ontario says,
"In our community we use the CAN-8 VirtuaLab as a new tool in our
endeavour to preserve our heritage languages. Our elder speakers are
passing on and our language and cultural resources pass with them.
In the language lab, the students engage with their teachers and this has
been a great aide to the language instructors and the students' learning.
As well, teachers use the CAN-8 lab to assign homework. The students then
use the lab from home. Parents and/or community members can engage in, and
benefit from, language learning along with the students, after hours from
Currently, we are creating audio, video and text-based curriculum
materials in CAN-8 in order to enhance the cultural component of the lab
experience, for both school and home.
Since English is not taught here until the 7th grade, we acquired English
language CAN-8 courseware from Seneca College in Toronto to help students
keep up with the English curriculum expectations."
Read more about langauge preservation with CAN-8