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).

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