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May 31, 2013

Orientation for the Revised CLB and the CLB Support Kit for Instructors

This spring has been a busy time for CCLB as the Centre begins to wrap up a portion of the teacher training project on the revised Canadian Language Benchmarks document and the Support Kit. Practitioners may find the revised CLB, the Support Kit and the exemplars on http://bookshelf.language.ca.


Ontario
The training, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Ontario Region was successfully completed at the end of March. All supporting documents were analyzed and a final report was submitted to CIC. CCLB held 23 training sessions across Ontario for LINC, OSLT and ELT teachers. Overall, 232 teachers were trained to be lead teachers and are expected to deliver the workshop at their own school to their colleagues.
Training funded by the province of Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) continues for teachers teaching ESL in school board settings. CCLB was active this spring presenting informational sessions on the revised CLB at many regional TESL conferences including Ottawa, London, Hamilton and Toronto. These end-user sessions are very useful and provide a great overview of the revised CLB and Support Kit. Sessions were well attended by ESL teachers, including newly certified and occasional, and TESL students.


Alberta, Atlantic and Saskatchewan
With funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), CCLB provided train-the-trainer
sessions across Canada for CIC-funded programs. The training project successfully concluded at the end of March with a total of 10 training sessions conducted in 5 provinces. 165 teachers were trained as lead teachers; they went on to introduce the revised CLB and the Support Kit to their colleagues in workshops at their school. One instructor wrote to the Centre: “Every feature was useful and relevant”.
Alberta Human Services provided additional funding to CCLB to offer three one-day train-the-
trainer sessions on the revised CLB with CLB Support Kits for up to sixty participants from Alberta non-LINC service provider organizations.


British Columbia
Training sessions for British Columbia ELSA Net instructors on the revised CLB and Support Kit started in March throughout the province. Five BC trainers were selected by CCLB through an RFP process. ELSA Net will deliver 5 sessions in total. Feedback is very positive as teachers gain more information about the revisions and how to use the Support Kit for classroom planning and assessment.


Manitoba
Funded by the province, training sessions were held in Winnipeg and Brandon and the train-the-trainer roll-out was successfully implemented for ESL teachers. Comments on the training included: “It was great to practice finding our way around the new document. There are some great features in the two documents. Thank you!”

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