Skills for Success defines Numeracy as the ability to find, understand, use, and report mathematical information presented through words, numbers, symbols, and graphics.

Discover the language in Numeracy

Numeracy requires finding, interpreting and conveying information related to numerical concepts. It involves listening, speaking, reading and writing, often in combination; for example:

  • Locating and interpreting numbers and data in texts.
  • Understanding numbers, data and numerical terms and concepts shared verbally or in writing.
  • Following instructions for mathematical tasks.
  • Giving instructions or explanations for mathematical tasks, using technical jargon where needed, and adapting language to suit the listener’s background knowledge.
  • Sharing numbers, data and numerical concepts verbally or in writing.
  • Describing patterns and trends.
  • Using numbers and data to support opinions and draw conclusions.

Explore work-related examples at each CLB stage

The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) describe communicative ability in English as a Second Language (ESL). The CLB organize 12 benchmarks into three stages of ability: Stage I (Basic), Stage II (Intermediate) and Stage III (Advanced).

Learners may already possess Numeracy skills but lack the English language to demonstrate them. For this reason, there is no direct correspondence between Numeracy and CLB levels.

The examples below show the language involved in demonstrating Numeracy.

Explore what a person can do at each Writing benchmark