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February 28, 2014

WLA Training for CLARS Assessment Centres

With the Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System (CLARS) rolling out in Ontario, CCLB will be providing two-day training for up to 40 assessors in CLARS centres on the Workplace Language Assessment (WLA) through funding from Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI). Discussion surrounding the criteria for WLA assessors and potential dates for this training has now begun. As dates are finalized, CLARS centres will be notified.

The WLA tool is designed to assess English language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 7 to 10 for placement into workplace-training programs or bridging programs. It is MCI’s goal that there be at least one assessor at each CLARS centre capable of administering the WLA, knowing that in some communities there may be several CLARS assessors certified to administer the assessment, depending on critical mass expected for those centres.

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