What are CLB?
See CLB - Frequently Asked Questions
What resources are available to help me use the CLB?
CCLB has the following guides:
CLB 2000: English as a second language for adults
Describes ability to use English language to accomplish tasks at 12 Benchmark levels, in: Listening - Speaking - Reading - Writing
CLB 2000: ESL for Literacy Learners
Shows progression of reading, writing and numeracy skills for ESL adult learners with little or no literacy skills in their first language.
CLB 2000: Theoretical Framework
Theory and background of CLB; assessment / evaluation rating scales, overview of the CLB global profiles of Benchmarks 1-12; glossary of terms, and a bibliography.
CLB 2000: Additional Sample Task Ideas
Sample task ideas for Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
CLB 2000: A Guide to Implementation
How to use CLB: includes numerous classroom and program examples.
Companion Tables to the Canadian Language Benchmarks 2000
Facilitates use of the national standard for purposes such as test and task design and development, test alignment projects, and evaluation procedures.
How can I search for other resources on CLB?
CLB Database of resources
List of CLB-referenced programs, services, tools and research across the country. Currently limited to programs, services and tools for CLB levels 7-10.
What classroom resources are available on CLB?
Resources to help learners understand the the CLB.
Theme based sample CLB Lesson Plans
Brochures for learners
Downloadable brochure in 8 languages
10 Posters covering Benchmarks 1-10 in an easy to read and understand format.
Can do checklists
Pads of 50 sheets for learners to use with each poster for CLB 1-10.
Free downloadable of the Can do checklists for CLB 1-10
Are there any assessment tools to help me in the classroom?
SAM – Summative Assessment Manual for Canadian Language Benchmarks Stage 1.
Provides learner benchmark achievement report tools, made-for-classroom assessment tools and supports for CLB-based programs at CLB levels 1 – 4 in four universal themes.
Integrating Assessment into Your ESL Classroom
This new publication addresses what adult ESL teachers describe as their greatest challenge – assessment. This package is to help teachers develop CLB-related assessment practices that are an integral part of the teaching and learning activities in their classrooms.
Check the CLB Database of resources for other resources
How does CCLB help me with language training for the workplace?
Essential Skills for the workplace and the Benchmarks
CLB Database of Resources
Provide an link to this area of the website and brief description about wealth of workplace related resources available across the country.
The CCLB Has developed these workplace related assessment tools
Developing an Occupation-Specific Language Tool
Using the Canadian Language Benchmarks: A Guide for Trades & Professional Organizations.
Provides guidelines and a framework for developing occupation-specific language assessment tools for professions and trades.
Organizations Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test - Form 4
CLBPT has an employment related version for the assessments of clients for workplace preparation programs. Form 4 is now available for authorized users.
CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses)
Online CELBAN Readiness Self-Assessment
How does CCLB relate to community colleges?
CIITE - College Integrating Immigrants to Employment - Language Proficiency Project
CCLB and specific Ontario colleges are working together to assess the use/role of CLB in the colleges
Ontario College Writing Exemplars
The Ontario College Writing Exemplars consists of three main elements:
A bank of student writing samples
A rating system comprised of Descriptors and Rating Scales
Supporting materials, including identification of the writing tasks, commentary on the writing samples, and a glossary of relevant terminology.
The Ontario College Writing Exemplars identifies correspondences between its own four levels of writing performance and the CLB Writing Benchmarks. The specific writing features identified in our rating scales draw directly from the Canadian Language Benchmarks.
Essential Skills for the workplace and the Benchmarks
What new projects is CCLB involved in that will be useful to ESL professionals?
Further support for ESL Professional in the use and application of the CLB
The CCLB is developing an online ontroductory module to inform teachers new to working with CLB.
Administration and Supports for Assessment Centres
Support for the use of the following new assessment materials:
Development of an online self-assessment tool (in English and French) referenced to the CLB 2000 document (CLB 1 -12)
CCLB and CET are working together to develop a tool to self-assess reading and listening competencies.
Literacy Placement Tools Phase II
Workplace Language Assessment (WLA)
To provide assessment, of higher–level language proficiencies (CLB 7-10) of clients seeking entry into workplace-related training opportunities such as bridge to employment opportunities.
(Not available at this time.)
What is the Registry of Experts and how can I join?
CLB approved experts on the CLB with expertise in research and materials development in a range of ESL contexts available to provide professional development services and support.
CCLB helps clients locate CLB experts.
Registry of Experts call for applications
What is available in French?
What conferences or workshops on CLB are coming up and how can I learn more?
See the CCLB at:
ATESL, Calgary - October 2007
TESL Ontario, Toronto - November 2007
TESL Canada, Moncton - May 2008