Writing effective CLB-aligned comprehension items

Written by – Lisa Herrera, Consultant In a report completed for the Canadian government, Makosky (2008) indicated that, at the time of writing, exit test results from LINC programs across the country were “deemed to be subjective/situational and not comparable to any common standard,” with the result that “exit rating and feedback to newcomers may be inconsistent and the results not as portable as newcomers, instructors and program managers would like” (p. 2). Because of the lack of transparent, reliable outcomes, LINC’s funder, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (now Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada), determined that a consistent standard of exit

French Language Assessor

YMCA Employment and Community Programs provide a variety of employment, counselling, outreach, intervention, training and newcomer programs to youth and adults throughout the GTA. The YMCA Language Assessment and Referral Centre functions as the first step of the language training pathway for immigrants to Canada.  All immigrants wishing to access language classes funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services (MCCSS) need to undergo an assessment at the language assessment centre. The French Language Assessor is responsible for administering Batterie de tests de classement aux Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (BTC-NCLC)

Are you involved in e-learning programs?

We are looking for instructors, program administrators, supervisors, coordinators, managers, and other e-learning staff and newcomers who have taken or are currently taking an online or blended class to participate in the NICO research study. The Newcomer Introduction To Classes Online (NICO) research study will identify the challenges, obstacles, and instruction methods for e-learning. This research will be used to adapt Norquest College’s Preparation for Online Learning (CLB 4-8) course to address learning obstacles and expand the program to CLB 3 learners. With the results of the research study, Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (CIES) will be creating an orientation introducing newcomers to

Updating the Essential Skills/CLB Comparative Framework

Background Relating Canadian Language Benchmarks to Essential Skills: A Comparative Framework (CF) was produced in 2005 for the purpose of bringing together the communicative abilities described in the Essential Skills (ES) and the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). The CF was designed from the perspective of Essential Skills, with the focus on illustrating how CLB levels lined up with ES tasks and descriptors. The CF shows that the Essential Skills generally require language ability that aligns with Stage II and Stage III of the CLB scale. For this reason, the original CF document was used primarily by ESL practitioners working with learners