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Portfolio-Based Language Assessment

Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA) is a teaching and assessment model designed to enhance nationwide consistency and standards of quality in English as a Second Language (ESL) training for adult newcomers to Canada.  

PBLA is grounded in recognized best practices in language instruction and assessment for adults. It is aligned to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), Canada’s national standard for describing, measuring and recognizing the ESL proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants.  

The French equivalent of PBLA: Évaluation Linguistique Basé sur le Portfolio (ELBP) will be implemented in CIC’s French-language training program — Cours de langue pour les immigrants au Canada (CLIC) and in Ontario’s French as a Second Language Program.

National Implementation of PBLA/ELBP

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) is supporting Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to implement PBLA in Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programs across Canada, as well as in ESL/FSL programs in some provinces.