Skills for Success defines Communication as the ability to receive, understand, consider, and share information and ideas through presentational/expressive, interpretive/receptive, and interacting with others.

See how SFS Communication relates to CLB Receptive and Expressive

Skills for Success (SFS) is a national framework that identifies nine key skills Canadians need for work, learning and life. The Language for Success framework uses the SFS definitions and levels as conceptualized by the Government of Canada. The number of levels varies by skill. SFS Communication is organized into three proficiency levels: Entry, Intermediate and Advanced.

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).

The shading in the table shows how the SFS Communication levels relate to the CLB Receptive and Expressive.

“Receptive” and “Expressive” are the terms used in the CLBD. CCLB understands that other terms such as “Interpretive” and “presentational” may be used elsewhere.

Table showing the correlation between the CLB and the Skills for success levels: CLB stage 1 = SFS Entry level CLB stage 2 = SFS intermediate level CLB stage 3 = SFS advanced level

Explore what a person can do at each Receptive and Expressive benchmark