Message to Potential Candidates for CCLB Board of Directors 2019

CCLB is inviting applications to fill vacancies on its pan-Canadian Board of Directors. Appointments to the CCLB Board are made by the Board on recommendations from the Nominating Committee using a transparent set of criteria. The term for all positions is three years, starting in June 2019, renewable once. The Board meets four times a year.  All CCLB Board members participate on their own behalf and not on behalf of their employer or any organization. Board members are expected to display a combination of the following attributes: Commitment to the goals of CCLB. Knowledge and experience working with the Canadian

Aligning CLB and CEFR

The recent research report, “Aligning the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)”, by Dr. Brian North and Dr. Enrica Piccardo, is now available. The report has implications for the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC).

PBLA: Call for Content Developers – Multi-level Modules

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) is requesting applications from experienced Content Developers to develop multi-level modules with teaching materials under the Portfolio Based Language Assessment Project funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The dates for initial module development are January to March, 2019.  Subsequent module development is also planned for April to June 2019, and July to August, 2019. Applicants should have: A TESL certificate from a TESL program recognized by TESL Canada or TESL Ontario three or more years teaching and creating content specific to LINC/ ESL learners and ESL Literacy Learners completed training in Introduction

Techy Writing Tasks for PBLA (TESL ON webinar)

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Presenter: Thura Aljubury, OCELT Webinar Description: Are you implementing PBLA in your classes and looking for some techy tasks? If so, this webinar will be of interest to you. The presenter will demonstrate examples of using some techy methods and strategies to either assign tasks or assess writing in PBLA. By the end of this webinar, you will have: obtained information on using several virtual platforms for assessing writing collected a list of platforms and apps to use in your classes for writing been introduced to the presenter’s authentic rubrics

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