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May 30, 2014

Can Do Statements

With funding from the Government of Manitoba, CCLB revised the Can Do Checklists in 2013. Re-invented as the Can Do Statements, they describe what learners can do at benchmarks 1 to 12 in the skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The purpose of these statements is to present some of the information in the CLB document in language that is accessible to learners. The statements help to facilitate discussions between instructors and learners about what they have accomplished and what they still need to develop. The Can Do Statements are only available online.

The Can Do Statements have been very positively received:

“I just wanted to say how impressed I am with the revised Can Do Statements – I love them! I think they will go a long way in helping learners (and even instructors) understand the benchmarks!”

“I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how much I appreciate your resources – especially the Can Do Statements. As a lead teacher in the PBLA program I was struggling with explaining and describing the language benchmarks to my basic class until I pulled out these great statements with pictures. It has really “clicked” for them. We continue to use them each week and the students are very excited to match their progress to the statements.”

CCLB has also developed a training workshop which was presented at the Ottawa LINC PD Day to excellent feedback.

“Found it extremely helpful to assess and discuss sample students by using statements. It was wonderful.”

“Thank you for the practice with the Can Do Statements. It made the subtitles between the CLB levels much clearer.”

“I prefer these statements over the checklists.”

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