English Teaching Program

An Innovative Language Training Program for Newcomers

Helping newcomers improve their language skills using virtual reality and artificial intelligence

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We’re hosting an insightful conference on March 19 to discuss the research findings from “Engag3D”, a collaborative research project between the Syrian Canadian Foundation and the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). This research explores the pedagogical affordances and implications of VR and AI as language learning tools. We aim to empower newcomers to enhance their language skills in an engaging manner, facilitating their integration into Canada.

Join us and get the chance to connect with stakeholders from the language and technology fields.

About Engag3D

Engag3d is a language training program using the latest learning technologies. In partnership with the Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga, SCF will pilot different learning methods via Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The goal of the program is to explore how newcomers can improve their language skills in an innovative and engaging way, to accelerate their integration and develop a sense of belonging to their new home, Canada.

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Who can participate?

- Participants over the age of 18
- Newcomers who arrived in Canada within the past 5 years
- Participants with English CLB levels of 3, 4 or 5


What are we offering?

- Free English classes delivered by certified English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers
- A welcome package to start your language learning journey
- Certificate of completion from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)
- A final gift upon completion of the classes


Why would you participate?

- Advance your English language skills
- Experience cutting edge technology adapted to your educational needs
- Be part of an innovative research project
- Meet other newcomers and expand your network


Where are the classes held?

- Classes will be delivered in person at the University of Toronto Mississauga


When do the classes start?

- The classes will be delivered in 3 cohorts and each student is expected to attend only one cohort.
- Cohort duration: 8 weeks
-Class day: Weekends
-Class duration: 3 hours
Be part of this unique program

SCF believes in innovation and has set a goal to reimagine what English Training might look and feel like in the future.

Register Now if you are a newcomer who arrived in Canada within the past 5 years, are over the age of 18, and your English CLB level is 3, 4, or 5.


Benefits of Technology in Language Learning


Based on real-life scenarios customized to students’ needs


Students engage in collaborative and hands-on activities


Allows students to use their enhanced skills in everyday interactions

More About Educational Technology (EdTech)

Virtual Reality (VR) is an emerging educational technology that digitally represents the real world and allows for personalized immersive learning experiences that can foster enthusiasm, promote engagement and increase learners’ motivation.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help students learn better and faster by adapting to their educational level, learning speed and objectives. This technology accelerates response times, automates instructors’ routine tasks and personalizes every student’s learning experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t know what my English level is, can I still sign up?

Of course! Please fill out the form and we will guide you on how to do an online self-assessment to determine your English level

Who is this program for?

For newcomers holding a Permanent Residence (PR) status who are 18 years of age or older.

Can I join this course online?
Unfortunately, you cannot. This project is delivered in persononly at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
What Covid-19 measures are being followed in the classroom?
We are following the advice and abiding by the measures of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
What will I get from this course?
In addition to gaining new English language skills, you will receive a certificate of participation signed by UTM upon the completion of your course.
What is the minimum number of classes that I have to attend in order to receive the certificate?
You need to attend a minimum of 6 out of 8 classes to receive your certificate.
What should I bring along with me to class?
Just you!On the first day of classes, each student will receive a welcome package that includes stationery and all the learning materials you will need throughout the classes.
How much does this course cost?
This course is absolutely FREE and is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
How many participants are there with me in class?
Each class will have a total of 8 participants.
I’m currently registered in another English course, can I sign up for this one as well?
Unfortunately, you cannot. This course is intended for newcomers who are not enrolled in another course. Since this is a research project, being registered in another course could possibly skew the results.
Can I choose which class to join (AI, Traditional or VR)?
Unfortunately, you cannot. Participants will be randomly assigned to classes.
If this is a research project, will my data be shared with others?
Absolutely not. We take extreme precautions to protect the identity and data of every participant in the project. Our research team will collect and store the data anonymously and securely. The data will only be used for research purposes to inform future programming.
Can I bring my children with me to class?
We apologize for the inconvenience, but children are not allowed in the classroom.
Is there a parking lot at UTM?
Yes, the UTM campus has a parking lot available for students’ use.

The classes will be delivered in 3 cohorts and each student is expected to attend only one cohort:
          – Cohort 1:
June – July 2022

          – Cohort 2:
August – September 2022

          – Cohort 3:
October – November 2022

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