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Language Teaching-Related Projects

NCLC On-Line Introductory Modules 

In 2009 CCLB designed two introductory on-line modules for the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canad-ens. These modules are intended to raise awareness of the NCLC among FSL teachers, FSL program coordinators, counsellors and employers and promote their use and application.

With funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ontario Region, CCLB designed the first module with a consultant who specializes in on-line training tools and piloted it with FSL and NCLC specialists, who went through the module and filled out a comprehensive survey. Qualitative and quantitative data from this survey guided further revisions.

The final product is an easy-to-use, dynamic module which includes an interactive table of performance descriptors as well as FAQ sections for teachers, counselors, administrators and employers. It can be accessed at www.nclcenligne.ca.

With funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, CCLB has designed and uploaded a second module for professionals seeking more in-depth information about the NCLC. Validation and piloting of this new module will continue into the next fiscal year.

Professional Development Workshops for the NCLC

With funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, CCLB designed and piloted two professional development workshops for the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens. 

The half-day session promotes the NCLC framework and its use in the francophone community and FSL programs. It gives an overview of the framework and underlying theory, and provides information on current resources and applications.

The full-day session gives teacher more in-depth information on integrating the NCLC to their classroom teaching. It provides information on the NCLC continuum and on resources related to the NCLC. It also provides practical information on lesson planning and evaluation. In light of these workshops, CCLB will draft a model of NCLC implementation that will guide the development of a resource similar to Canadian Language Benchmarks: A Guide to Implementation.

Both workshops were piloted in March and revised based on feedback from participants and a panel of CLIC and FSL teachers.

CCLB will continue to work on this project through the next fiscal year, when it will continue to promote and offer the workshops and collect feedback from the FSL community.

CLIC Curriculum Guidelines

In 2008 the francophone team undertook the adaptation and development of guidelines for CLIC levels 5 to 7 in French, using as a basis the English document LINC 5 to 7 National Curriculum Guidelines. This project produced a resource titled Lignes directrices nationales pour le programme CLIC de niveaux 5 à 7. The resource, which is aligned with the NCLC, consists of activities to provide FSL teachers who are working with immigrants at Stage II of the NCLC with ideas for lesson planning and evaluation.

In 2009-2010 CCLB finalized the validation, editing, formatting and printing of the resource and distributed it to a variety of French-language service providers.

CLIC en Ligne Program

In 2009-2010 CCLB received funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to further develop the CLIC en ligne program. The program targets newcomers to Canada who qualify for federally funded French language programs but cannot attend them due to family or work responsibilities, or lack of program offerings in their area.

This project builds on work done by Le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, which developed and piloted the course for CLIC levels 3 and 4. CCLB will revise levels 3 and 4 and design and pilot CLIC en ligne for levels 5, 6 and 7. It will also propose an administrative structure as well as a plan for the promotion and delivery of CLIC en ligne and recruitment of candidates. In 2009-2010 CCLB assembled a team of content developers who will complete this project in the next fiscal year.

Summative Assessment Manual (SAM) Workshops for Teachers

In 2009 Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ontario Region, funded CCLB to develop a professional development workshop on using SAM. SAM provides made-for-classroom assessment tools and supports for CLB-based programs at CLB levels 1-4 in universal themes including: Food & Nutrition, Health & Safety, Home, Community and Work.

Four trainers from across Ontario delivered 27 workshops throughout the province for 486 instructors from LINC and ESL programs.

The Government of Alberta funded two trainers from Alberta to attend the train-the-trainer meeting in Ontario and to work with the Ontario trainers to provide advice on workshop format. Five workshops were carried out in Alberta to 93 ESL and LINC instructors.

The Government of British Columbia also provided funding for CCLB to deliver four workshops throughout the province of B.C. in early 2010.

Revision of SAM

In 2009 CCLB received funding from Alberta Employment and Immigration to re-format SAM to make it more user-friendly and portable. Prior to carrying out the revisions CCLB surveyed 30 SAM users across Canada. The changes carried out include:

  • Combining the two volumes into one more compact version.
  • Adding a CD-ROM with printable tasks for CLB Levels 1-4.
  • Adding additional detail to instructions where needed.
  • Re-organizing information to make it flow with the use of the document.

The new document was reviewed by ESL professionals and field-tested with ESL teachers before being produced in its final version.

Copies of the revised SAM will be distributed to Alberta ESL programs in the Spring of 2010.

New CLB Boot Camp Module and On-Line Workshops

In 2009 CCLB received funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ontario Region to review the effectiveness of the original CLB Boot Camp, suggest and make changes to the existing modules and to develop a new third unit. Another component of the project was to consolidate CCLB’s e-learning modules into the learning management system.

The new units were introduced at a workshop on the resource at TESL Ontario and CCLB recruited participants for on-line discussions on the tools which will take place in the next fiscal year.

The newly developed Unit 3 introduces some CLB methodology and ideas on how to teach communicative competencies. It demonstrates how to select appropriate tasks in each of the four skill areas and provides additional practice at recognizing CLB levels.

Plans are underway to offer a series of facilitated webinars for teachers on topics related to the CLB Boot Camp, as well as other topics of interest to CLB practitioners.

Workshop on Integrating CLB Into Your ESL Classroom

In 2009, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ontario Region funded the CCLB to develop a professional development workshop on formative assessment.

This workshop, based on the CCLB publication Integrating CLB Assessment Into Your ESL Classroom, aims to help ESL practitioners develop an understanding of day-to-day assessment for learning. The session helps participants become familiar with effective classroom-based assessment practices using case studies and authentic samples of learner performance.

Four trainers from across Ontario delivered 35 work-shops throughout the province for over 650 instructors from LINC and ESL programs. The Government of British Columbia also provided funding for CCLB to deliver four workshops throughout B.C. in early 2010.  

Training on CLB 5-10 Exit Assessment Tasks

The CLB 5-10 Exit Assessment Tasks are nationally available, standardized tools to assess and report on the learning outcomes of learners at CLB levels 5 to 10.

In 2009 Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ontario Region, provided the CCLB with funding to train four Ontario trainers and to deliver workshops on using the tools throughout Ontario. CCLB revised and enhanced the existing training materials and delivered 32 work-shops to a total of 567 instructors from Ontario LINC and ESL programs.

The governments of Alberta and British Columbia funded CCLB to deliver 14 workshops to a total of 231 participants in these provinces.