A Language Training
Project for Newcomers
with a Twist!

About the Project

Engag3D is a research project that aims to better understand the use of technology such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in learning environments. We want to measure and compare the potential and impact of technology as a medium for community building, language development and learner engagement.

This project is designed to help newcomers improve their language skills and build their confidence so they can better integrate into their new home in Canada.

Want to know some more?


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: Saturday or Sunday (to be confirmed)
-Class duration: 3 hours

Partnering with innovation

Engag3D is a research project funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and is a collaboration between the Syrian Canadian Foundation (SCF) and the Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) to improve language instruction outcomes for newcomers.

This project will test Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence as new technologies that can improve language learning process and benefit students in their overall education experience.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

Unfortunately you cannot. This project is delivered in person only at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

We are following the advice and abiding by the measures of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

In addition to gaining new English language skills, you will receive a certificate of participation signed by UTM upon the completion of your course.

You need to attend a minimum of 6 out of 8 classes to receive your certificate.

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.

This course is absolutely FREE and is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Each class will have a total of 8 participants.

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.

Unfortunately you cannot. Participants will be randomly assigned to classes.

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.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but children are not allowed in the classroom.

Yes, the UTM campus has a parking lot available for students’ use.

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