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Language Levels (What are CLB?)

Language Levels

What are Canadian Language Benchmarks?

The Canadian Language Benchmarks or CLB is used in Canada to teach and test language learning for adults. It is important for you to understand the CLB if you plan to go to English class, train, look for work or study at a college or university. 

The benchmarks are organized in 3 stages and 12 levels. The benchmarks describe tasks that people can do in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The following chart shows how the benchmarks are arranged. 


Many adult ESL programs in Canada use the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Students and teachers use CLB to understand what English is needed for daily life in Canada. The CLB does not list grammar or vocabulary. It lists tasks for everyday, real English use. A task is something you can do in English.


If you are interested in seeing all of the benchmark levels open the document Canadian Language Benchmarks: English as a Second Language for Adults