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May 31, 2013

Developing a Plan for Revision of the CLB 2000: ESL for Literacy Learners Document

This initiative was funded by the Government of Alberta in the last part of 2012-2013 and provided an opportunity for CCLB to consult with ESL Literacy practitioners and to develop a plan for revising the CLB 2000: ESL for Literacy Learners document. The Government of Manitoba, with funding from Citizenship & Immigration Canada, is working with CCLB to revise this document in 2013-2014. After an RFP process, Bow Valley College in Calgary was selected as the lead consultant on this project. They have extensive experience in the area of ESL literacy and research. In February and March 2013, Bow Valley and CCLB were able to:

  • consult with over 150 ESL literacy stakeholders (assessors, instructors and government representatives) from across Canada in an online survey and interviewed 23 key stakeholders over the phone;
  • set up a project Advisory Committee of CLB and ESL literacy experts, with regional representation (West, Manitoba, Ontario, and Atlantic), and two government representatives (one provincial, one federal).


The tremendous amount of feedback and quality of the responses were most helpful to Bow Valley as they analyzed the result, prepared a plan for the revision, and presented it to the Advisory Committee. The Advisory provided thoughtful and important advice to Bow Valley and to CCLB. The final version of the plan has since been accepted by CCLB and is being used as the revision process begins.

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