Language for Success Framework

Purpose of the Framework

The Language for Success framework supports language, workforce, and workplace training design and instruction. It draws on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) to provide insight into the language needed to demonstrate the nine Skills for Success (SFS).

It can be used by instructors and program designers to:

  • Identify skills that second language speakers need for successful workforce integration
  • Design programs and curricula
  • Develop targeted instructional content
  • Choose relevant learning resources for language classes
  • Understand how typical workplace tasks relate to CLB levels

Discover the Framework

The Language for Success framework provides information about the language involved in demonstrating the nine Skills for Success. It is organized using the Skills for Success as conceptualized by the Government of Canada. Select a skill to learn more.

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Skills for Success includes three core language skills. For these skills, the Language for Success framework shows the relationship between Skills for Success and Canadian Language Benchmarks levels.




Skills for Success includes six other skills, which are often used in combination with language skills. Learners may already have these skills; the Language for Success framework makes evident the language involved in demonstrating them.



Creativity and Innovation



Problem Solving

The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and Skills for Success (SFS) serve different purposes, but both address communication skills. The relationship between SFS core language skills and CLB was first established through a study led by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks in 2005.