Employment-Related Projects

Employment-Related Projects Occupational Language Analysis (OLA)  An Occupational Language Analysis (OLA) defines the Canadian Language Benchmarks levels required to per-form tasks related to specific jobs as defined in the Essential Skills Profiles and additional information found in the National Occupational Standards. This information can be used by a multitude of stake-holders including learners, job-seekers, program developers, HR professionals, employment counsellors and sector councils. They can inform individuals’ professional and training goals as well as the design of language, bridge-to-employment and other programs. In 2009-2010 the role of CCLB in the OLA process continued to evolve. CCLB formalized a training and

Language Teaching-Related Projects

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

Assessment-Related Projects

Assessment-Related Projects French Placement Test: BTC-NCLC  In March 2009 CCLB completed the development and validation of its first assessment tool for French as a second language intended for newcomers to Canada and other adult learners. The test, called Batterie de tests de classement aux Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (BTC-NCLC), evaluates NCLC levels 1 to 8 in listening, speaking, reading and writing. It provides language assessors, FSL teachers, counsellors and program coordinators with a valid, reliable, standardized tool to place adult learners in federally and provincially funded programs. The test uses a criterion-referenced approach and assesses language proficiency using authentic

New Directions

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