June 1, 2016
Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA)
With funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade (MCIIT) Ontario, CCLB is providing support to administrators and instructors as Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA) continues to phase in across Canada.
The first IRCC PBLA cohort of Lead Instructors, consisting of representatives from the Atlantic region, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta are now assisting classroom instructors as they implement PBLA in their own classrooms. The second and third IRCC cohorts of certified PBLA Lead Instructors, with approximately 145 Lead Instructors from British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba, are also working closely with classroom instructors. Cohort four with approximately 100 participants from Ontario, the West coast and a few representatives from the Atlantic region, are finalizing their portfolio submissions in order to secure certification in June.
Fifty certified PLBA Lead Instructors from MCIIT Cohort A in Ontario are now supporting classroom instructors implementing PBLA. MCIIT Cohort B is made up of 50 participants, who are about to complete the Application Phase, submit sample portfolios and receive PBLA Lead Instructor certification in June 2016.
Plans for face-to-face meetings in the fall to review PBLA implementation are underway.
The PBLA project continues to examine how TESL programs prepare new instructors to use the CLB for planning, teaching and assessment. As well, we are exploring how an overview or introduction to PBLA is or might be incorporated into TESL.