Thank you CCLB for helping us as assessors to give the best possible experience to all of our eager learners, and for always being there to support us. We are always glad to have your guidance, may you have a wonderful birthday, and many more to come!
Happy 25 years CCLB! I have been a language assessor for almost 14 of those years. CCLB has always been a positive and professional organization for myself in a client-facing role as well as for the potential students I assess and our local language learning community. I look forward to continued growth and further student-centered resources (we love the 'Understanding your CLBPT Results" flyer and look forward to a new one(s) related to other assessment tools.).
Prior to my first training on the NCLC in 2014, I had never heard of the levels or the Centre. I was quickly convinced of their effectiveness and importance. That is why I have since continued my training on them by becoming an assessor and then a member of the CCLB Board of Directors. The existence of the Centre and the work of its staff are, for me, clearly indispensable to newcomers, to those involved in the immigration and language sectors, to many industries and to communities in general.
CCLB does an amazing job guiding language professionals and offering them resources that will help them assist newcomers develop their language skills to better adapt to their new home.
Collège Boréal congratulates you on your impact these past 25 years! Through our language training programs, we have been working closely with the CCLB/CNCLC for years with the common goal of strengthening the ability of newcomers to communicate effectively, to reach their full potential for a rapid and successful social and economic integration in Canada.
-Mme Lise Béland, Vice-présidente, Centre-Sud-Ouest, Collège Boréal
Thank you for your extraordinary work, follow-ups, team training, and first-rate resources that you have carried out for more than 25 years in the service of immigrants for a common goal *To increase, support and promote the official standards that exist in both official languages in Canada* A big THANK YOU and good luck with more success in the future
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Having been in this profession since 2005 as a teacher, assessor, trainer and administrator, I have relied on CCLB to guide me. The CLB are the cornerstone for our English language learning and provide a solid and trustworthy way of assessing, teaching and goal setting. CCLB has always been proactive to ensure teachers etc. will have what they need to provide excellent learning for new Canadians. The e-learning portal with so many options to learn and brush up on needed skills and the recent curriculum creation has made it easier for new teachers and seasoned teachers to ensure they are providing learners with the best experience in the learning journey. CCLB sees a need and fills it, always asking for the sector's input and listening to their ideas. Keep up the amazing work!
Working with CCLB helped me grow by giving me a glimpse of the "big picture": while defining clear, attainable objectives in lesson planning, you can foresee what the expectations are for each learner and each situation whether professional, cultural, or just linguistic. As a language assessor, I think that being able to use standardized material that the Centre provides us is paramount, to obtain the fair and reliable results that we are having until now. I can also say that I applaud the fact that even though the material used for assessing and training is highly appropriate, the different parties involved are still working on making things even better. Overall, 25 years of hard working is paying off as the results are visible in the numbers.
CCLB has supported many newcomers achieving their language goals in Canada. Being a LINC teacher, I can feel how important it is for the newcomers and what difference it makes in their lives.
Working with CCLB has been such an enrichment for me and gave me a deeper understanding of the process of language acquisition.
I have found a great team that cares as much as I do about the development of Francophone minority communities. This team also offers me stimulating, intellectual and professional challenges. Very collaborative, CCLB plays an important role in the quality of sustainable FSL teaching across Canada by considering modern and evidence-based approaches to second (or additional) language teaching. This is part of the successful integration of newcomers to Canada. Language training for immigrants to Canada is more than teaching. It is a cultural exchange and an opportunity not to be missed to socialize with our peers.
I joined CCLB through my work as CLIC coordinator at Université Sainte-Anne and as a consultant thereafter. CCLB has been a great support in discovering the pedagogy and methodology of CLIC, but also a place of opportunity to meet different personalities who are all passionate about the same goal - to promote the learning of French in all its forms and to grow the fervor and love of its Francophonie within Canada. Today I feel passionate about the different Franco-Canadian cultures but also committed to making the light of the Francophonie grow in each of us to pass it on to future generations. Thank you CCLB for allowing me to share, exchange and create with great people.
-Oriane Le Falher
I have worked as a PBLA lead instructor and as an assessor for Parkland College in Yorkton and area. When learners understand the specifics of what they are working toward in terms of their skills, it helps move them from a vague goal of "I want to learn better English" to specific goals, and then they can see their progress. As a lead instructor, I appreciate the advice and direction I receive on the support forum, and especially the many helpful resources that help me to learn and practice, as well as to support our teachers. When PBLA was first introduced, those of us in rural communities felt as though we were trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. I appreciate that we have been heard in terms of our unique needs, and have been provided with training and resources aimed at those needs. Also, we have really appreciated the openness and flexibility of our monitor. Of course there are always challenges, but that is a good thing!
I would like to thank you, first of all, for the high level of professionalism of the teachers, secondly, for the good organization of the educational process, and finally, I wish you many years of existence and prosperity.
Congratulations on 25 years of hard work and service! Your contributions have helped the LINC community become better at what we do!
CCLB is doing a great job, it is a very good process to assess the students by taking a test in all English sections, such as; listening, writing, speaking, and reading. I am on a 6-7 level, my classes are going so well and I am improving my English language a lot. Thank you for providing this opportunity to the newcomers to enhance their language fluency.
CCLB is a huge part of my Canadian life. I came to Canada in 2011. As a newcomer, I was constantly finding ways to integrate better into the Canadian society. Living in New Brunswick, I found out that it was essential to be able to know French. I had my French language level assessed, and expectedly, I was assessed at a level one. My home country does not speak French nor offer French lessons in schools. Attending French classes did not only provide me the opportunity to learn French but also widen my perspective about Canada and the diverse cultures of my fellow immigrants. Long story short, starting summer of 2022, I have been working as a language assessor in English. It has come full circle for me. I have experienced firsthand the amazing role CCLB plays in the lives of newcomers. It opens doors of opportunities for language learning and so much more. I am forever grateful.
When I started my TESL training, it was to teach overseas. I had learned about the CLB and used them through my teacher training and teaching practicums but thought that I wouldn't be using them beyond that. My dreams of teaching overseas changed quite quickly during my first practicum and I knew without a doubt that I would be staying in Canada to teach. I started teaching multi-level evening classes and the CLB: ESL for Adults book became my #1 resource for module planning to creating rubrics. I then became a CLBPT Assessor and that helped me get to know the CLB much better which also helped me become better at creating rubrics and implementing assessments. Thank you CCLB for providing great standards to follow!
As an ESL/LINC teacher I feel that partnering with and following the guidelines of CCLB has made teaching more stream-lined, rationalized and efficient. Wishing CCLB continued success!
CCLB had helped me to improve my understanding of the prerequisite skills of the English language in Canada, it also helped improve my work experience. Thank you CCLB and wishing you more years of celebration to come!
I just want to thank the CLBPT crew for helping serve my community better by training me with the tools to help assess and place newcomers in the right language classrooms. I enjoy how seriously they take the test and how this important step puts many of the immigrants we serve in the right direction towards settling and beginning life here in Canada. So thank you so much to our trainers. You are doing an amazing job. Keep it up!
The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks is a valuable resource for educators, assessors and volunteers. This organization provides the necessary tools to support the unique needs of newcomers. As an assessor, I benefited from access to the vast number of resources to ensure that I provide that best service to our learners. The newsletters kept me informed and up to date. I really appreciate the work you do!
Congratulations on your 25! A great professional body that has always provided its learners and instructors ongoing support and training. Here's to another 25 years!
Congratulations CCLB! I remember what teaching ESL was like before the benchmarks and all that evolved after 1998. I had the pleasure to join CCLB in 2002 as a Project Manager near the start and was there as it grew. I worked under three Executive Directors: Pauline, Gay and Francois and spent time on the CCLB board. I saw the Centre grow from being just for ESL to becoming a national standard used for work, study and learning English and French. It shaped my vision and approach to resource development, assessment and interest into how CLB/NCLC are used to define how people communicate at work. It was an exciting adventure and I learned a lot along the way with many others across Canada and in the Centre. Good luck CCLB and I wish you every success in the next 25 years!
-Marianne Kayed, Manager, Continuing & Community Education, Ottawa Catholic School Board