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March 3, 2015

Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA) Project

CCLB continues to move forward with training lead teachers/instructors with the PBLA project. Lead Teachers/Instructors in the first cohort who are funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) have been busy introducing PBLA workshops with their colleagues since November. This first cohort will be starting to implement PBLA in all classrooms this April.

Lead Teachers/Instructors who are training in the second cohort with CIC, and Cohort A with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade (MCIIT) have successfully completed the first phase of their training. They completed a rigorous 12-week online course in December, and starting January began to train in the second phase of their certification, the Application Phase. These lead teachers/instructors are now trying PBLA in their own classrooms, and will be submitting a final assignment in May which is the final process before they obtain certification from CCLB.   

In January, CCLB was happy to add a third cohort of lead teachers who are primarily from Manitoba. The training began in early January, and they will complete the 12-week online portion at the end of March. Two of the groups from Winnipeg service provider organizations met face-to-face on January 12, with their group of lead teachers and their Regional Coach. This meeting provided lead teachers the opportunity to get to know their Regional Coach and cover topics from the online course in detail. The third group was able to meet virtually on Tutela.ca with their Regional Coach and discussed and covered topics from the online course during this meeting.  

CCLB will be presenting some PBLA workshops at the TESOL conference in Toronto this March as well as at the LINC PD Day in Ottawa. These workshops are designed to continue to support and provide resources to lead teachers in training. 

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