The Benefits of Portfolio-Based Language Assessment

Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA) provides a number of benefits to learners, teachers and program administrators involved in Language Training for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programs and in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in some provinces —and strengthens the programs overall.  

Increased Portability

Having a consistent, national approach to teaching and assessing in LINC programs increases the portability of language credentials throughout the country. This means that everyone — learners, program administrators, teachers and employers — will have a common basis for understanding learners’ assessment results across different programs and in different parts of Canada.

Enhanced Accountability

With a consistent, more formalized framework for instruction and assessment, PBLA will enhance the accountability of governments, program administrators and teachers for learner language-skills development, and will help demonstrate the value of investments in language instruction for newcomers to Canada.

Benefits for Learners

Benefits for Teachers

Benefits for Program Administrators

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