Skills for Success defines Collaboration as the ability to contribute and support others to achieve a common goal.

Discover the language in Collaboration

Collaboration requires communicating with others in a way that fosters respect and cooperation, while working towards a common goal. It involves listening, speaking, reading and writing, often in combination; for example:

  • Listening and responding to others using verbal and non-verbal indicators to convey interest, comprehension and empathy.
  • Conveying appreciation for others’ contributions and work.
  • Requesting and responding positively to others’ input.
  • Using communication strategies, such as indirect language, to avoid making commands and to convey flexibility and a shared decision-making power structure.
  • Contributing ideas for reaching a common goal.
  • Expressing views and ideas while conveying respect for and interest in others’ opinions.
  • Asking questions to understand others’ ideas and points of view.
  • Communicating intentions, goals and timelines to others, and informing them about errors or setbacks.
  • Expressing and responding to opinions respectfully and without judgement; agreeing and respectfully disagreeing.
  • Giving and receiving feedback while being receptive to others’ opinions.

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 Collaboration skills but lack the English language to demonstrate them. For this reason, there is no direct correspondence between Collaboration and CLB levels.

The examples below show the language involved in demonstrating Collaboration.