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New Directions

Revisions to the CLB/NCLC 

Following up on the National Consultation, CCLB launched revisions to the CLB and NCLC documents in March 2010. CCLB assembled teams of CLB and NCLC experts to revise the documents and held launch events in Ottawa and Toronto to present the project to key stakeholders.

The project will be completed in the next fiscal year, when the teams carry out the revisions identified as priorities during the National Consultation process.

The key enhancements identified as priorities by stakeholders from both the ESL and FLS communities include increased navigability and greater clarity of performance descriptors and of the distinctions between levels. New sections to both documents will include guidelines for practitioners on addressing grammar and pronunciation in a communicative language classroom.

ESL and FSL experts have also identified possible enhancements to the standards which will allow them to better answer the specific needs of the communities they serve. The CLB revisions team’s priorities include the addition of more sample tasks, as well as an update in current tasks and examples that will ensure they better reflect current communication practices. The NCLC revisions team’s priorities include the establishment of a theoretical framework for the NCLC Benchmarks as well as the addition of a glossary.

Working Group on French-Language Services

With funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, CCLB has assembled a working group aimed at developing a model of implementation for French-language training and assessment services to Francophone communities in language-minority settings. The project will continue into the next fiscal year, when the group will continue to identify challenges and develop a model for the implementation of these services as well as for the adoption and implementation of the NCLC framework.

The work of this group will provide funders with a deeper understanding of the needs of the FSL community offering these services, promote more consistency in the provision of French-language services through more effective implementation of the NCLC, and develop a model which will promote the settlement of newcomers.