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Adapt2me Cares Press Release

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ADAPT2ME Inc. LAUNCHES FREE LANGUAGE TRAINING FOR REFUGEES THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH ECHO REFUGEE LIBRARY

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Montreal, QC, Wednesday, September 7, 2016– Join us Friday evening 6-8pm, September 9 as we launch our Adapt2me Cares initiative in partnership with ECHO Refugee Library to provide free online language training for asylum seekers in a refugee camp located in Vasilika, Greece. The event will also include a photo exhibit titled “We Are Them” and take place at the Language Research and Development Group Inc. Office, where the Adapt2me office is located.

Adapt2me Cares, is an initiative to provide FREE access to online ESL & FSL language training to all refugees. As a company, we are supporting language training for refugees with a 6-month subscription to our online content and 18 hours of tutoring.

The Echo Refugee Library project exists to give the residents of the Vasilika refugee camps the opportunity to pursue their education and career aspirations. Echo Refugee Library provides a mobile library to service refugee camps throughout northern Greece. The mobile library consists of a reading and recreational space, access to online courses and learning tools. The library also provides support in research and applying to scholarship opportunities. With the partnership of Adapt2me Cares the library will continue to offer online ESL and FSL language training in preparation for official certifications such as TOEFL/IELTS, university entry language exams and resettlement procedures.

This partnership is made possible through the humanitarian efforts of Celine de Richoufftz and Gabrielle Kacha, both students at McGill University studying International Development. Celine and Gabrielle will share their experience of working in the Vasilika camp during this past summer. This partnership also demonstrates the tactical social impact technology plays in the role of solving global issues by providing solutions in a time of crisis.

There will be a silent auction for the pieces in the photo exhibit. All proceeds will be given to ECHO Refugee Library to continue its services to asylum seekers. Those wanting to make a donation can do so at: https://chuffed.org/project/refugeelibrary. Entry to the event is free.

ABOUT ADAPT2ME

Adapt2me is Montreal based startup that provides an online language learning platform and mobile app that creates a personalised learning path based on your unique strengths and weaknesses. Our mission is to help people maximize their potential by customizing their learning process through an interactive platform and personalised tutoring sessions.

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Contact:

Aminka Belvitt, Adapt2me

514.944.1476

[email protected]

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No Comments | 08 September, 2016

Technology in Learning Part II

Last week we examined the platforms one should consider in learning.  This week we take a look at collaboration tools that will allow you to engage with colleagues, instructors, or tutors to help you improve your language skills.

Unlike individual learning, collaborative learning capitalizes on the skills, experience, and resources of each participant.  Each person becomes accountable to the group for the attainment of a particular goal.  

The advantages to using this method of learning can be summed up in the following:

  • Collaborative learning can unite students in the group committed to each other’s success.
  • In certain cultures, where it is impolite to question authority, collaborative learning can offer the advantage of open discussion and discovery from one’s peers resulting in improved end results.
  • There is more flexibility in learning techniques as agreed upon by group consensus.

Collaboration tools

Learning anything new can result in frustration and even failure unless you get to put the new learning into practice immediately.  This is where collaboration can be a boon.  By pooling your resources with other individuals you can speed up the process of learning and application.  

For that, there are a number of resources available.  I mentioned Skype and Google Hangout in Part I of this series.  Both tools are used by Adapt2me.  With these tools, it is not only possible to do one-on-one meetings, but also group meetings.

 

These applications address geographical challenges, time differentials, and even language barriers.  In the latter case, enunciation and pronunciation can be dealt with easily by writing the mispronounced word or name and using the dictionary link, thus facilitating and expediting the learning process to a second language.

LiveBinder can be used to track and share lessons. Being able to organise resources in a digital binder will help track progression and achievement of targeted goals.

Voicethread is used to collaborate and employs several tools – text, drawings, multi-media, videos – to convey or enhance your communication.  

Or create a Google site to track progress, store and share information with a closed community.  Thus a community of like minded individuals can not only learn from each other but help each other to improve.

Facebook is also a great way to connect to others with the same interests. If you are interested in learning about a particular topic, chances are there is a group already created in Facebook where you can view, discuss, learn, and share more information about that topic.

 

Adapt2me has their custom application to connect you to tutors who can help you acquire the skill of a second language.  There are mobile applications to connect, practice, track, test your progress, and discuss your achievements on Discussion Boards.  It is self-paced, allowing you to advance at your own speed.  

Whatever platform you choose to help you learn, the goal should always be about the end result.  Choosing the right tool to get you to your learning goal is equally as important and should not be taken lightly.

No Comments | 03 June, 2016