Benchmarking the Language Demands of Pharmacy Occupations in Canada

Benchmarking the Language Demands of Pharmacy Occupations in Canada The CCLB, in consultation with the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), and with funding from the Foreign Credential Recognition Program of HRSDC, will benchmark the language demands (both French and English) of pharmacy occupations in Canada. The project will unfold over a one year period beginning in late June 2010. Following an initial planning phase, in which a National Advisory Committee will be established to provide guidance, a benchmarking team will be contracted to collect qualitative data through job shadowing and on-site workplace observations of authentic language use. Benchmark

Pan-Canadian Training Framework

Pan-Canadian Training Framework As a response to recommendations arising out of the National Consultation on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 2000 and Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 2006, CCLB/CNCLC has received funding from the province of Alberta’s Immigration Policy and Programs Branch to develop a pan-Canadian training framework that outlines best practices for implementation support to language teachers and other practitioners working with the CLB and NCLC. The project will unfold over a three month period beginning in mid-June 2010. CCLB/CNCLC will convene a working group of CLB and NCLC experts from across Canada and from a wide range

Validation Design Consultations

Validation Design Consultations The National Consultations on the CLB/NCLC report provided fifteen recommendations to guide the revisions of the CLB/NCLC. Following the CLB revisions, a rigorous validation process is viewed as the logical next step and prerequisite for the CLB to become recognized as a high stake framework for the development of subsequent resources, used as practical, valid and reliable national standards of second language proficiency for educational, training, community, and workplace settings. With funding from the Government of Alberta CCLB convened in Ottawa a group of pan-Canadian validation experts on May 10th, 2010, to determine a methodology to validate

CLB Introductory Resources for the Language Industry Sector

CLB Introductory Resources for the Language Industry Sector Increasing the knowledge and awareness of Canadian Language Benchmarks/ Niveau de competence linguistique canadiens (CLB/NCLC) CCLB has received funding from Public Works and Governement Services Canada ( PWGSC) to develop introductory CLB/NCLC resources for ESL/FSL teachers who are not familiar with the Benchmarks as part of the Language Industry intiative component of the Canadian Language Sector Enhancement Program (CLSEP). Main deliverables of this project are: a multimedia Introduction to the CLB/NCLC, twenty CLB Exemplars in English and French and a bilingual lexicon. The project main objective is to set consistency in terms

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

Teacher and Assessor Professional Development in BC

Teacher and Assessor Professional Development in BC The CCLB/CNCLC has received funding from BC Ministry of Advanced Education and the Ministry of the Attorney General for the following: Using training materials developed with funding from Alberta Employment and Immigration, deliver a train-the-trainer session for 2 BC trainers who will deliver CCLB facilitated training sessions on the newest CCLB classroom assessment resource: CLB 5-10 Exit Assessment Tasks Deliver training sessions in BC for ESL instructors currently teaching students in the CLB 5 + range on CLB 5-10 Exit Assessment Tasks Deliver professional development workshop(s) based on the CCLB resource: Integrating CLB

Regional Delivery of CLBPT Training

Regional Delivery of CLBPT Training The CCLB/CNCLC has received funding from Citizenship and Immigration for the following: To further develop and support the delivery of CLBPT training to LINC assessors in Alberta, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan To train an additional regional trainer to meet current demands in Ontario To offer up to 6 CLBPT training sessions for LINC assessors to address change of staff and new hires to a maximum of 20-40 LINC assessors To revise CLBPT Assessor Skills Sharpening webpages at www.language.ca  and add additional samples for training and professional development