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September 1, 2016

Inside Language - La langue en coulisse


Download the PDF version of our September Newsletter here.

Téléchargez la version PDF de notre bulletin de septembre ici.


Public Holidays
Please note that our offices will be closed September 5 for Labour Day, October 10 for Thanksgiving and November 11 for Remembrance Day.

Jours fériés
Veuillez noter que nos bureaux seront fermés le 5 septembre pour la fête du Travail, le 10 octobre pour l’Action de grâce et le 11 novembre pour le jour du Souvenir.

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From the Executive Director/Message du directeur général

Gerry Mills (left/gauche), Sheila Nicholas (Chair/Présidente)
Gerry Mills (left/gauche), Sheila Nicholas (Chair/Présidente)

Dear friends,

We hope you had a pleasant summer.

The Centre’s projects are going well. You will find details in this issue of Inside Language.

In the three months since our last newsletter in June, the main changes to report are governance- and staffing-related.

On the governance front, Sheila Nicholas was reelected Board Chair and Ann McGee was elected Vice-Chair, while John Sivell succeeded Gerry Mills as Secretary-Treasurer. All three officer positions are renewable one-year terms.

Gerry Mills left the Board after some 15 years of service to the Centre (see photo).  She is already being missed.

In addition to Ann McGee and Tanis Sawkins who were reelected for a second three-year term, two new Board members were elected: Carol Derby (ISANS) and Shahrzad Saif (Université Laval). Both are three-year terms.

On the staffing front, Ron Lavoie left the Centre in August.

We are looking forward to a busy fall and winter.


Chers amis,

Nous espérons que vous avez passé un bel été.

Les projets du Centre vont bon train. Vous trouverez les détails dans ce numéro de La langue en coulisse.

Les principaux changements qui ont eu lieu au Centre au cours des trois mois qui ont suivi notre dernier bulletin en juin ont trait à la gouvernance et au personnel du Centre.

Sur le plan de la gouvernance, Sheila Nicholas a été réélue présidente et Ann McGee a été élue vice-présidente, tandis que John Sivell a succédé à Gerry Mills au poste de Secrétaire-Trésorier. Ces mandats renouvelables sont d’un an.

Gerry Mills a quitté le Conseil d’administration après une quinzaine d’années de service (voir photo). Elle nous manque déjà.

En plus de Ann McGee et Tanis Sawkins qui ont été réélues pour un deuxième mandat de trois ans, deux nouvelles administratrices ont été élues : Carol Derby (ISANS) et Shahrzad Saif (Université Laval).

Sur le plan du personnel, Ron Lavoie a quitté le Centre en août.

L’automne et l’hiver s’annoncent occupés.


-François Bélisle

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Celebrating 20 years of the CLB and 10 years of the NCLC

2016 marks 20 years of the CLB and 10 years of the NCLC. To celebrate, CCLB held a contest during the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) Welcoming Ottawa Week ( titled “Language is the Key – what does it mean for me?”. CCLB encouraged individuals to demonstrate what the CLB/NCLC mean to them or how language has played a part in their settlement in Canada. Submissions could be in the form of an essay, story, poem, picture or video. Three winners were chosen and awarded their prize at a small reception held at the CCLB office.


Continuing with the celebrations, this fall CCLB is holding another contest across Canada! (see flyers on pages 6 & 7 of the newsletter)


In addition to the contests, CCLB will be involved in several other initiatives to celebrate the impact of CLB and NCLC. At TESL Ontario in November, CCLB will moderate a panel discussion on "Canadian Language Benchmarks – Challenges and Opportunities". The panellists will be Yves St. Germain (IRCC), Mourad Mardikian (MCI) and Dr. Enrica Piccardo (OISE). The discussion will centre around a strategic paper written by Dr. Piccardo and Danielle Hunter.

Also at the conference, CCLB will recognize contest entries at a poster session. Please make sure you submit your entries as soon as possible.

A highlight of the anniversary celebrations will be the publication (expected in the fall), by the University of Otawa, of a book about CLB and NCLC. Under the guidance of Dr. Monika Jezak, a team of academics and CLB/NCLC experts consider "20 years of the Canadian language framework of reference for adult immigrants: policy, research and practice". Chapters include: CLB and NCLC - Canadian language framework in the era of glocalisation; design-based research methodology for establishing the common theoretical framework and the CLB/NCLC scales; teaching and assessment with the CLB: teacher experiences and perspectives; teaching and assessment: using the CLB in a range of contexts under the stewardship of the CCLB; and, NCLC in minority settings: past and future projects.

Download the contest flyer

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The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) and the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) launched the newly-revised CLB and NCLC bootcamps across the country.

The revised CLB Bootcamp is an online 10-hour self-study course comprising three modules:

  1. CLB Basics covers an introduction to the CLB including the theoretical framework, the revised CLB document and the CLB ESL for Adult Literacy Learners document.
  2. Planning and the CLB covers needs assessment, a task-based approach to module and lesson planning.
  3. Assessment and the CLB deals with ongoing learner assessment and provides an introduction to Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA).

A certificate of completion will also be generated for instructors wishing to document professional development hours for TESL Ontario. 

Questions related to either of the bootcamps can be directed to [email protected].

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Portfolio Based Language Assessment

With funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) Ontario, CCLB is providing support to administrators and instructors as Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA) continues to expand across Canada.

The initial IRCC PBLA cohort of Lead Instructors consisting of representatives from the Atlantic region, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta continues to assist 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 supporting the use of task-based planning focused PBLA. Cohort four with approximately 100 participants from Ontario, the West Coast and a few representatives from the Atlantic region, finalized their portfolio submissions and received certification over the summer months.

Fifty certified PLBA Lead Instructors from MCI Cohort A in Ontario are actively supporting classroom instructors implement PBLA. MCI Cohort B made up of 45 participants finished their final assignments and received PBLA Lead Instructor certification in June 2016.

Face-to-face PBLA planning implementation meetings for the new PBLA Lead Instructors from both MCI and IRCC will be held in September in Ontario, BC and online.   

The six-week online course “Introduction to PBLA for new Classroom Teachers” will be offered from September 26 to November 6 and from October 18 to November 27.

Final edits for selected components of Integrating CLB assessment (ICLBA) in e-book format are underway and other modules and resources are in the development phase.

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L'évaluation linguistique basée sur le portfolio (ELBP)

L’évaluation linguistique basée sur le portfolio (ELBP) est un outil d’évaluation mis à la disposition des instructeurs qui enseignent en utilisant les Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC). Cet outil fait partie du protocole d’évaluation linguistique mis en place pour les programmes de langue subventionnés par Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada (IRCC) et le Ministère ontarien des Affaires civiques et de l’Immigration (MACI).

Au printemps 2016, une première cohorte, composée de champions (les champions sont des instructeurs qui représentent leur Conseil scolaire et qui assument le rôle de mentors auprès de leurs collègues) et d’instructeurs, a complété une formation en ligne, composée de deux modules. La formation était offerte via la plateforme d’apprentissage Moodle et animée (échanges sur le forum, correction des travaux et rétroaction) par une formatrice, experte en NCLC.

Cette première cohorte pourra donc, dès le début de la session d’automne 2016, mettre en pratique les connaissances acquises lors de la partie théorique. Au cours de cette session (automne 2016), la cohorte 1 pourra également bénéficier de rencontres face à face avec la formatrice.

La formation théorique sera aussi offerte à une deuxième cohorte entre octobre et décembre 2016. Cette nouvelle cohorte, composée de nouveaux instructeurs ou d’instructeurs qui n’ont pas eu la possibilité de participer à la formation du printemps dernier, pourra également profiter d’un soutien à l’apprentissage virtuel, c’est-à-dire de la présence de la formatrice sur le forum.

Cette formation d’une durée de 11 semaines est offerte à tous les instructeurs des cours FLS de l’Ontario ainsi que ceux du programme CLIC de l’Ontario, du Nouveau-Brunswick et du Manitoba.

Pour plus d’information : Catherine Rousseau, [email protected].

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Canadian Language Benchmarks: An Online Introduction to ESL for ALL

Funded by the Alberta government, development of An Online Introduction to ESL for ALL continued over the summer months. 21 participants were recruited to participate in a field test of this 20-hour online asynchronous training course between June 6 and July 6, 2016. Revisions to the course based on feedback are now in progress with a launch date expected for fall 2016.

A webinar focused on providing an overview of the ESL for ALL document including the rationale, purpose and content was also delivered to approximately 40 participants on Tutela in June.  A second webinar which will focus on the application of the document (how to use the document), including how to connect the document to planning will be offered in the fall.

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In Ontario, one CLBPT Assessor Training for CLARS assessors was held for 5 participants in June through funding from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI). Outside of Ontario, CLBPT, CLBPT Calibration and CLB-LPT training sessions were also offered on request. 

To view a list of workshops and training that CCLB offers, please visit:

Any inquires related to training can be directed to [email protected].


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Lignes directrices de l'Ontario pour le programme ontarien de formation linguistique pour adultes ne donnant pas droit à des crédits

La formation aux Lignes directrices de l’Ontario et l’outil de planification Quartz est maintenant en ligne au La formation comprend 5 modules qui présentent les huit Principes directeurs, puis les caractéristiques et l’utilisation de l’outil de planification Quartz. Cette formation est dédiée aux instructeurs employés par un conseil scolaire ontarien. Les Lignes directrices de l’Ontario ont été financées par le ministère des Affaires civiques et de l’Immigration (MACI) pour le programme ontarien de formation linguistique pour adultes ne donnant pas droit à des crédits.

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Milestones & BTR

The Milestones/BTR evaluation project concluded with the final report submitted to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in June 2016.

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